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Autism Best Practices

  • Parents should receive training and consultation to help teach new skills and reduce behavior problems
  • Parents should have input into programming
  • Children should receive individualized programs that help them progress in social and cognitive abilities, gain verbal & nonverbal communication skills, gain adaptive skills, reduce behavior problems and generalize skills
  • Goals should be observable and measurable and be achieved in one year
  • Students should be assessed frequently and adjust intervention accordingly
  • Early identification and start of early start of intervention
  • The child be actively engaged in an intensive program with planned teaching opportunities (i.e. NET & ITT)
  • The child receives year round schooling, 5 days a week for a minimum of 25 hours a week
  • The child receives one to one or small group instruction
  • Staff should be trained with lots of hands-on practice opportunities, active involvement, and ongoing consultation with competent professionals

Educating Children with Autism by National Research Council/National
Academy Press, 2001