1. Chart of Typical Development
This chart is not original and has been in our files for a long time and it has proven useful for a number of people. Unfortunately, there is no reference for this chart so we apologize ahead of time to the people who assembled this for not giving proper attribution. With that said, it is important that whomever is designing the curriculum for a learner with any developmental difference to fully understand “typical” development. Understanding typical development is a critical skill for professionals in order to be sure that prerequisite skills are in place prior to teaching higher level skills and to avoid teaching a skill in an “atypical” manner when it can be taught in a more “typical” way.
Chart of Typical Development
2. Curriculum Development
There are a few published curricula that many people are using to develop programs for learners with autism. We prefer to take a different approach. Instead of using something that is a “fill-in-the-blank” kind of system we have found that using the process of creating flowcharts and calculating the rates of acquisition within each program and within each skill domain can be a very effective way of identifying our learner’s skill excesses and deficits and subsequently design a program that is truly highly individualized. Please take a look at the presentation that our director, Ray Cepeda gave at the YAI: International Conference in 2014. We hope that it may stimulate some ideas for your learners!
3. To Include or not to Include?
There is a lot of talk about “inclusion” for our learners and often some very good intentions. When it comes time to create an action plan, then the truly difficult nature of this process reveals itself. Since we have had a number of opportunities to successfully include learners who were in intensive intervention programs as well as consult to schools regarding the inclusion of learners in their self-contained classrooms we thought it appropriate to put a brief overview of the inclusion process on this site. The link below will take you to a presentation Mr. Cepeda gave in 2010 at the Life’s WORC: Building Bridges Through Life’s Connections” conference.
4. Collaborating, Coordinating and Facilitating Behavior Change
This was a presentation given to graduate students at Kean University on 3/10/2015 (special thanks to Dr. Gina Restivo for the invitation!). This presentation covers a range of topics such as 3 and 4 term contingencies, reinforcement, extinction, punishment, schedules of reinforcement, functions of behavior and developing plans for behavior change. In other words, it has a little something for everyone