1 in 68 Children Diagnosed
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are a group of complex neurological developmental disabilities that are characterized by problems with communication, social interaction, and patterns of interest and behavior. Symptoms of autism may range from mild to severe. ASDs affect all social classes, races, and ethnic groups. Autism spectrum disorders affect about 1 in 68 children. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism is almost five times more common among boys at a rate of 1 in 42, than among girls, where the rate is 1 in 189. The PaTTAN Autism Initiative is committed to helping educators and parents better meet the educational needs of children and young adults with autism spectrum disorders.
In order for effective instruction to take place, classrooms must be well organized to maximize efficiency. One very important aspect of classroom organization is the Classroom Schedule. A classroom schedule should incorporate the most active student engagement/instructional time; which is one of the factors directly correlated with student achievement and reduction in problem behavior.
This blog is an introduction to target selection. Selecting instructional targets for students involves careful consideration of several variables. One of the most important factors to consider is what is currently relevant to the student and how it fits into a skill sequence approach to teaching.
This blog is an introduction to reinforcement. The concept of positive and negative reinforcement is commonly misunderstood. Reinforcement is consequence that increases the future probability of the behavior occurring. This blog was written to inform educators, parents, advocates and individuals in the Autism community.
Young Musician, Jodi DiPiazza, will return to the stage, Thursday, August 6, 2015 to close the 19th Annual National Autism Conference in State College, PA.
Establishing cooperative learners results from effective use of managing instructional contingencies. This blog discusses issues related to pairing instruction with improving conditions so that students will with autism want to cooperate and learn.”
The Annual National Autism Conference will be held in State College, PA again this year from August 4-7, 2014. The conference will offer various presentations for all spectrums of Autism.
This article reviews recent summary outcomes from PATTAN’s Autism Initiative ABA Supports.
One reason many effective interventions fail is due to the intervention not being implemented the way it was designed or being implemented inconsistently across staff. This blog highlights the importance of treatment integrity in relation to errorless teaching procedures.
The importance of learning to enjoy interacting with others often starts with teaching requesting behavior. Look for ideas here on the importance of mand training, some ideas regarding teaching polite asking, and how to help children learn to accept being told that they can’t have something they want.
Social skills are complex. Reported here is a description of how important social skills are and some examples of the complex nature of social skills. This report begins a discussion of issues and ideas related to teaching social skills to children with autism.
- Supplemental Readings Bootcamp
July 23, 2015
- Preparing Transition Age Youth with Autism for College and Employment
September 29, 2016
- Special Education in Pennsylvania: A Focus on Data-Driven Programs and Services 2015-16
February 16, 2017
- An Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis
April 1, 2015
- Session 2: Quality Educational Practices: Students with Higher Functioning Levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder
January 28, 2013
- Session 3: Quality Educational Practices: Students with Higher Functioning Levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder
March 25, 2013
- Session 4: Quality Educational Practices: Students with Higher Functioning Levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder
April 8, 2013
- Session 5: Quality Educational Practices: Students with Higher Functioning Levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder
April 16, 2013
- Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program: Administration and Programming
April 16, 2013
- Getting There: Interventions for Students With Autism in Pennsylvania's Public Schools
November 1, 2015
- Using Applied Behavior Analysis to Educate Students with Autism in Inclusive Environments
December 1, 2015
- Mike Miklos
Autism, Intensive Interagency, School Psychology
- Amiris Dipuglia
Autism, Parents, Mathematics, Family Engagement
- Dona Alvino
Autism, Behavior, Leadership, Intensive Interagency, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
- Jennifer Alicandri
Autism, Behavior, Parents, English Learners
- Kathryn Poggi
Autism, Behavior, Mathematics, Family Engagement
- Michael Minor
Autism, Behavior, Secondary Transition, School Psychology, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS/RtII)
- Laura Yates
Autism, Inclusive Practices
- Danita Baber
Autism, Paraprofessionals, School Psychology
- Lisa Gragg
Behavior, Early Intervention - Preschool