K-4 Autism Resource Program
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day!
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects one's ability to communicate, understand language, play and relate to others (autismweb.com, 2008). 1 in 150 children born today will be diagnosed with a disorder on the Autism Spectrum (Autism Society of America, 2008). The following are some signs of Autism.
The child may:
- not explain what he/she wants; gestures or points instead of using words
- have delayed language skills or speech
- not follow directions
- appear to be deaf
- throw intense or violent "tantrums" for no apparent reason
- be insistent on sameness; resists change
- have poor eye contact
- get "stuck" on things over and over and can't move on
- prefer to play alone
- appear in his/her "own world"
Helpful ways to interact with someone with autism:
- Do not use idioms
- Use concrete terms
- Allow time for response
- Repeat questions or instructions
- Praise the individual!
This information has been compiled by the Autism Support Group of NWA, Inc., a non-profit organization committed to raising Autism Awareness and educating the public about Autism Spectrum Disorders. For more information contact Lynn Bellessis at firstname.lastname@example.org , Marilyn Thompson at email@example.com or Kathy Humphrey at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also visit our website at http://www.autismsupportgroupofnwa.org/
One need for a child with Autism is the need understand and become proficient with play and social skills concepts. The following are just a few of the skills with which a child with Autism may have difficulty:
- understanding facial expressions
- understading body language
- taking turns
- flexibility with change
- conversation skills
- perceptions about others feelings/thoughts
Social skills are addressed on an individual basis. However, below you can find an example of a play and social skills continuum:
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Additional Social Understanding|