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Pick a Teaching Method: 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, five 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