The Ss of Autism, part 2

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be blogging the ABC’s of ABA therapy. Today, here are the Ss, part 2.


Sensory diet


A sensory diet is a plan for sensory input at various times over the course of a day. This helps an individual regulate their levels of alertness and also assists with sensory processing and developmental issues associated with sensory processing.


Sensory modulation


Experts report that each sense works with the others to create a picture of who and where we are, as well as what is happening around us. Sensory modulation is a neurological function, and it produces this picture.


Sensory processing


Sensory processing over refers to specific tests or observations of a child’s sensory functions.


Sensory-based behaviors


Sensory-based behaviors are a result of a child’s attempt to meet a sensory needs.


Shared attention and meaning


This can also be referred to as joint attention. This is when the child and their play partner are focused on the same object, subject, idea or theme.


Social stories


In 1991, Carol Gray developed “social stories,” which were designed to be a tool for teaching social kids to kids with autism. These stories help the child develop the ability to recognize their feelings, as well as the point of view of others. Stories are created to meet the child’s specific needs, based on their own particular situations, which might include their anxieties, worries and fears, helping them to develop appropriate responses to real-time, real-life situations.


Special education


Special education is a set of programs designed to meet the needs of kids with learning difficulties, challenges or physical impairments.

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