Individuals on the spectrum benefit from learning a framework for recognizing their own needs and identifying helpful strategies. They cannot always rely on educators and mental health therapists to be familiar with their needs or the strategies that have been proven to be helpful to people with autism. Through learning to ask and answer five key categories of questions, adolescents and adults on the spectrum can take leadership in developing the supports that they need. This framework helps people on the spectrum to become more effective in improving their own outcomes.
For years, practitioners have known that a comprehensive approach to intervention is considered “best practice.” The five questions represent a comprehensive framework for intervention. The framework was developed based on key needs associated with autism. It is well-established that use of a comprehensive approach is best practice. Further, the framework employs the use of empirically supported therapies. Each of the five questions directs attention to evidence-based strategies including sensory regulation, reinforcement, visual supports, predictability, and deliberate practice.
Participants will learn the five questions as a framework for developing comprehensive program to improve outcomes. The strategies discussed can be readily applied in daily life. Individuals will be better able to pinpoint challenges and identify needed supports.
Participants will be able to:
- List the five questions that guide self-advocacy and collaboration for individuals on the spectrum and those in helping roles.
- Identify research validated strategies that are often helpful in addressing identified needs at each of the five levels.
- Describe how knowing the right questions to ask leads to better outcomes.
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