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Autism and Learning Targets

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

In a previous post we have talked about the criteria we use to plan our educational activities.

In summary, the 5 main criteria for a successful activity/intervention are:

  1. Specific

  2. Measurable

  3. Achievable

  4. Repeatable

  5. Sensory

More information can be found here.


As each child with Autism has different abilities and needs that are expressed in different ways (that is why it is called a spectrum) it is important to set individualized learning targets.


The 3 main diagnostic criteria for Autism are:


Α. Difficulties in social interaction

Β. Communication difficulties

Γ. Stereotypical, repetitive behaviours, activities and interests.


How do we set individualized learning targets?

In order to be able to set successful learning targets, it is important to take into account the criteria mentioned above as well as our students’ difficulties.


The main areas of difficulties are:

Cognition and Learning

Communication

Social, Emotional and Mental Health

Sensory/Physical


The learning targets, then, become our guide to plan activities that will help our students to develop their skills, learn and become as independent as possible.


Once we have set them, it is important to give students opportunities to work on their targets and to review them frequently and systematically.


It is important to establish communication between teachers, parents and other professionals (such as speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, child psychiatrists) in order to get a more clear picture of the child's needs and abilities as well as to put a comprehensive and consistent plan in place to achieve the targets.



 

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