55 ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM (paperback)

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55 Essential Skills for Students on the Autism Spectrum is the culmination of 10 years of research and development at the Neuro-Linguistic Learning Center in Northern California.

Neuro-Linguistic Learning Center was founded in 2006 by Gerald Hughes with the single mission, to help students, teens, and adults in overcoming the effects of Dyslexia, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Out of this mission a number of programs were developed including the 55 Essential Skills for Students on the Autism Spectrum.


These skills and strategies are founded upon the natural abilities and sensory profiles of students who are or may be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

This guide is NOT designed for “normal” or neurotypical students. It is specifically designed to address the unique Sensory Perception and Processing issues common to ADHD/ASD students.

THE 55 Essential Skills for Students on the Autism Spectrum are easily self-administered by teens and adults.

Younger students are easily coached through the program by a parent or teacher.
In working with ADHD/ASD students and adults for the past 15 years, it became clear that, as a group, ADHD/ASD students tend to perceive and process sensory information very differently than neurotypical students.

As a group, ADHD/ASD students tend to have different strengths and weakness than neurotypical students.

It follows that many ADHD/ASD students require a different approach to learning.
Unfortunately, virtually all textbooks and curriculum are designed for neurotypical students.

Further complicating the issue is that in a typical classroom with a heterogenous population, it is highly unlikely that ADHD/ASD students will receive instruction appropriate to their specific sensory needs.

Neither are they likely to be taught skills and strategies appropriate to their sensory profiles and natural abilities.

Experience has shown us that the lack of these essential skills is the source of many ASD struggles.

Conversely, when these essential skills are provided, most struggles are resolved and replaced with success.

55 Essential Skills for Students on the Autism Spectrum is designed to address the struggles commonly experienced by many ADHD/ASD students.

It is important to note that 55 Essential Skills for Students on the Autism Spectrum is NOT a medical text. There is NOTHING in this text that is intended to diagnose or fix or cure any medical issue.

There is nothing within this text that would take the place of competent medical advice. If you suspect a medical, psychological, or neurological issue, you should see a licensed professional.

55 Essential Skills for Students on the Autism Spectrum has one purpose and one purpose only—to provide struggling students with the basic skills to make learning easier, faster, and more fun.

Understand that most of these strategies are NOT about spoon-feeding students, modifying the curriculum or providing any special accommodations.

Unlike tutoring programs that rely on the skills of the teacher or tutor (or parent), these skills and strategies are designed to put the power of learning in the hands of students.

Relax and allow the exercises to create a new relationship to education and learning.
Let go, have fun, and trust the process.

As always, we at the NLC are always happy to answer any questions and offer our assistance when requested.

ORDER YOUR COPY OF 55 ESSENTIAL SKILLS (ebook) today and we'll include a Sensory Evaluation and email consultation ($69.95 value) at no additional cost!

 

55 ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

Table of Contents

 

INTRODUCTION          7

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS        9

  1. BEDTIME & SLEEP 11

Sympathetic Breathing           12

Music & White Noise  12

Audio Books    13

Nutritional Supplements         13

Valerian, Lavender and Other Essential Oils  13

Directed Dreaming     13

Diet & Exercise           14

TV & Video Games      14

  1. STRESS REDUCTION 15

Autonomic Nervous System   15

Fear & Stress   17

Anxiety & Trauma       18

Parent Observations   18

Consistent Boundaries            18

Sympathetic Breathing           19

Rhythm and routine    19

Morning Routine         20

Homework Routine     20

Acknowledge Success!!!!        21

Parents Make Mistakes          21

Timeouts         22

“Do Over’s”     22

Do as I Do not as I say 22

  1. SENSORY INTEGRATION 23

Sensory Dominance    23

Bilateral Crawl (age 2 and up) 25

Peas Porridge Hot (age 2 and up)       25

Balloon Juggling (age 2 and up)          26

Sensory Hook up  (age 2 and up)        26

March in Place (age 3 and up)            27

LADDER CLIMB (AGE 3 AND UP)         27

Sensory Walking (age 5 and up)         27

Eye-tracking (age 6 and up)    28

Juggling (advanced, ages 12 and up)  28

Sensory Summary       29

  1. FOCUS & ATTENTION 30

Visual Learning State  30

Eidetic Focus   30

Visual Listening           31

“Relax and Focus” APP            31

  1. SELF-AWARENESS 33

Sensory Awareness     33

Emotional Awareness 33

Physical Awareness     34

  1. SELF-REGULATION 37

Proactive Stimming    37

  1. CURIOSITY 38

Restoring Curiosity      38

  1. PHONICS & SPEECH 39

Non-Verbal Communication   39

Kinesthetic Speech      39

Stuttering        41

Echolalia         41

  1. THE ALPHABET 42

Building the Alphabet 42

Catch the letters         43

Before and After         43

Disappearing Letters   43

The Backwards Alphabet        43

Upper Case Letters     44

Lower Case Letters     44

  1. HANDWRITING 45

Handwriting Made Easy          45

Finger-Knitting            47

Finger-Weaving          47

Knitting & Crocheting 48

Pencil Grip       48

String Games (Cat’s Cradle)    48

  1. SPELLING & VOCABULARY 49

Perfect Spelling           49

Vocabulary Memorization      50

  1. READING 51

Visual Reading 51

speed Reading 52

  1. ESSAY & COMPOSITION 53

Writing a Sentence      53

Writing a Paragraph   54

Essay Construction      55

The Writing Process    56

  1. NUMBERS & COUNTING 61
  2. ADDITION/SUBTRACTION 62
  3. MULTIPLICATION / DIVISION 66

Speed Math    69

  1. CONCEPTS AND FORMULAE 70

Girls and Math            71

  1. Fractions 72
  2. ALGEBRA 75

Algebra II         76

The Quadratic Formula           77

Solving Math Struggles           77

  1. GEOMETRY 78

Pythagoras      78

Area Formulas 80

Unified Formula for Areas      81

Unified Formulae for Volume 82

Volume of Pyramids and Cones          83

Volume of a Sphere    83

Understanding pi        84

  1. WORD PROBLEMS and COMMON CORE 85

Word Problems           87

  1. TELLING TIME 88
  2. COUNTING MONEY 89
  3. SCIENCE 90
  4. LANGUAGE ARTS 91

Second Language        91

  1. HISTORY / HUMANITIES 92
  2. MUSIC, ART & DRAMA 93
  3. NOTE-TAKING 94

Structured Note-Taking          95

MIND-MAPPING          96

  1. MEMORIZATION 97

Abstract information  97

  1. TEST PREPARATION 100

Review What You’ve Learned 100

  1. TEST ANXIETY 101

Studying is NOT enough          101

Knowing that you Know          101

Test Visualization        102

Visualize Success         102

Anchoring        102

Relax and Focus          102

  1. TEST-TAKING 103
  2. CRITICAL THINKING 105
  3. PROBLEM SOLVING 109
  4. DECISION-MAKING 110

Synesthesia and Learning       110

  1. CREATIVITY 112

Children are NOT a Blank Slate           112

Self-Expression            113

360-Degree Thinking  113

  1. ORGANIZATION 114

Chronological  114

Sequential       114

Spatial 115

Compare and Contrast            115

Advantages and Disadvantages          115

Cause and Effect         115

Problems and Solutions          116

Topical 116

Patterns and Applications       116

  1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT 118

Clean Your Room        118

Top-down Project Breakdown            119

Flow-Chart      119

  1. TIME MANAGEMENT 121

Managing our Energy 121

Goals and Values        121

Organization and Planning     122

Accepting Support       122

  1. GOAL SETTING 123

SMART Goal Visualization       124

  1. SELF-REFLECTION 126
  2. SELF-CONFIDENCE 127

12 Ways to Builds Self-Confidence     127

  1. SELF-MOTIVATION 129

Procrastination           129

Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)          130

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) 131

  1. FLEXIBILITY & ADAPABILITY 132

What You Don’t Know That You Don’t Know 133

The Other Side of the Mountain         134

  1. CHANGES AND TRANSITIONS 135

Life in the 21st Century           135

Family Calendar          136

The Two-Minute Warning      137

Vacations and Special Events  137

Creating Multiple Futures       138

  1. COMMUNICATION 139

Communication Styles            139

Visual Communication            141

Visual Speaking           141

Visual Listening           141

What Women Want    142

Non-verbal Communication   142

Eye Contact     143

  1. CONVERSATION 145

GREETINGS      145

GOOD-BYES    145

SMALLTALK     146

  1. EMPATHY AND RAPPORT 147

Match & Mirror: Posture        148

Match & Mirror: Gestures      148

Match & Mirror: Breathing    149

Matching Language Patterns  149

  1. RELATIONSHIPS 151

Focus and Attention    151

Energy Drain   151

Setting Boundaries      152

Respect for All 152

  1. CLASS PARTICIPATION 153
  2. PUBLIC SPEAKING 154

BE PREPARED  154

EMBRACE THE EVENT 154

FEAR OF PUBLIC SPEAKING     154

Rapport in Speaking    155

Bring Your Audience to You    155

  1. COLLABORATION 157

Self-Expression            157

Respectful Listening    158

Critical Thinking          158

Problem Solving (Synergy)      158

Record-Keeping          158

  1. LEADERSHIP 160
  2. ON THE PLAYGROUND 161

LACK OF STRUCTURE  161

LACK OF SUPERVISION            161

COMPETITION 161

AGGRESSION   161

  1. CITIZENSHIP 163

APENDIX A: EIGHT PROFILES OF THE ADHD/AUTISM
SPECTRUM     164

Type-1: ADHD-Impulsive         167

Type-2: ADHD-Inattentive       168

Type-3: PDD-NOS (Reactive)  168

Type-4: Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory-Avoider)        169

Type-5: PDD-NOS (Responsive)          170

Type-6: Sensory Processing Disorder (Sensory-Seeker)         170

Type-7: Aspergers Syndrome  171

Type-8: Autism (classic)          172

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)   173

Summary of Sensory Profiles  174

APENDIX B: MELTDOWNS & SHUTDOWNS    175

Prevention       175

Intervention    176

Interruption     177

APENDIX C: APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS     180

SUMMARY      182

ABOUT THE AUTHOR  183

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES       185

INDEX  188

55 ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM is your complete guide to assisting students on the Autism Spectrum.

55 ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM not only helps prepare your student for the classroom but for life.

ORDER YOUR COPY OF 55 ESSENTIAL SKILLS (ebook) today and we'll include a Sensory Evaluation and email consultation ($69.95 value) at no additional cost!