Autism Spectrum Disorders/ASD Teaching Method

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Humanistic Teaching Theory

The Humanistic Teaching Theory is based on the premise that we learn best when we are striving towards self-actualization in our learning. Using this teaching method, the educator acts as facilitator, providing the learners with information, strategies, and options, thereby assisting the learner to make informed and self-actualized choices.

Teaching Content

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1) What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior

  a. Experts estimate that one out of every 91 children will have ASD.  Males are four times more likely to have ASD than females.
  b. Prevalence data
  c. Disorders in the spectrum
     i. Autism (classic)
     ii.Asperger’s Syndrome
     iii. Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS (atypical autism)
        * Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
        * Rett Syndrome

2) What causes Autism?

Scientists aren’t certain about what causes ASD, but it’s likely that both genetics and environment play a role. Researchers have identified a number of genes associated with the disorder. Studies of people with ASD have found irregularities in several regions of the brain.

Sidebar- Autism everyday

3. How are ASDs diagnosed?

  a. Very early indicators that require evaluation by an expert 
  b. Later indicators   
  c. Common overall signs 
  d. Co-morbidities
  e. Tests
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4. How are ASDs treated?

5. Alternative therapies

6. Interesting outcomes

  a. Jason McElwain

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  b. Steven Wiltshire- savant autism, drawing 

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  c. Daniel - savant autism with numbers

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  d. Alandra Clemens- Savant autism- sculpture (also attached to WIKI)