Approaches to Autism Series


Approaches to teaching

So this is the third series to start up on my blog – and for now will probably be slotted in as I write each new post rather than adhering to any strict timetable. I couldn’t think of a title to the series that fully encompassed what I wanted to discuss, which is why I have gone with ‘Approaches to Autism’. What this will be is a series looking at many of the different teaching styles and strategies and therapies that are currently used or have been with autistic children and adults.

I do not necessarily agree with all the strategies and therapies that I will discuss, in fact many I do not agree with components of – such as ABA or Son-Rise or Biomedical – but I will write about them much in the way I will still read and review books that I know from the outset that I am unlikely to agree with.

Some of these methods, strategies and therapies tend to be more home-based, some are predominantly school based, some are clinically based, others are used across multiple environments. Some of the ones that will be discussed in the future in this series (and I will probably end up adding to this list in the future) are:

  • TEACCH – Training and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Relationship Development Intervention
  • Floortime
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Early Start Denver Model and other Early Intensive Behavioural Interventions
  • Son-Rise
  • Verbal Behavior Therapy
  • Pivotol Response Treatment
  • Biomedical Treatment
  • SCERTS – Social Communication/ Emotional Regulation/ Transactional Support
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication*
  • Speech and Language Therapy*
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Physical Therapy*
  • Sensory Integration*
  • Music/Art/Dance/Yoga/Animal Therapy
  • Auditory Integration Training
  • Dietary Therapy
  • Medication
  • Holding Therapy

*There will be less posts on these than others due to their prominence within the Communication Series and Sensory Series – however there will still be posts relating to them.

In the field of autism, a lot of strategies and therapies are mentioned on a daily basis. This can be incredibly confusing, especially if professionals start to use acronyms. What makes it even more difficult is the huge range of controversy surrounding certain strategies or therapies online – ABA and Son-Rise being two examples.

So this series will be going through different strategies, looking at their history, their implementation, what their use means for the autistic person, what it actually entails. I will go over the research surrounding each method, where I can find it, and just generally pull them apart so you can see what’s going on in each of them.

If you have anything you would like to add – or spot an approach I have missed from my introductory list then leave me a comment below and I will certainly look into it.

Until next time.


Disclaimer: The opinions and information provided in this post are my own, and based on personal, educational, and work-based experience. They do not reflect the opinions of any of the authors of the content referenced in this post. I am not affiliated or supported by any organisation, and this is meant to be an educational series of posts. The information posted here is not a substitute for advice and information provided by your own GP, speech and language therapist, occupational therapist or other professional in the field of autism, and should not be taken as such.

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