Autistic Cognition

The autistic brain is wired differently than the typical brain. The standard models of learning do not apply to autistic kids. In order to develop the "Autistic Theory of Leaning"…

Teacher Effect

The Teacher Effect was first published in the mid-1950 in the Doctoral Dissertation of Robert Rosenthal. In a 2000 study, Professor Sherman said the following: "Even though the initial expectations…

Visual Learning

Typical children also learn in different styles. Visual-spatial learners are of particular interest to the autism community.   Dr. Linda Silverman coined the term "visual-spatial learner" in 1981 to describe…

Autism and Rhythms

Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or repetitive movement of objects common in individuals with developmental disabilities, but most prevalent in…

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

ABA is a science that uses the principles of analysis of behaviors to improve socially significant behavior by using experimentation to identify the variables responsible for change in behavior. Human…

Discrete Trial Training (DTT)

A discrete trial is a single cycle of a behaviorally based instruction routine. There are four steps in a discrete trial: the instruction, the prompt, the response, and the reward.…

Pivotal Response Training (PRT)

PRT is a naturalistic intervention derived from the principals of ABA. Rather than target individual behaviors one at a time, PRT targets pivotal areas of a child's development. These areas…

Facilitated Communication (FC)

Facilitated Communication is a technique where a facilitator supports the arm or hand of a communicatively impaired person. This is done to assist a person with impaired motor skills to…