Attention Autism is an approach developed by Gina Davies, a specialist speech and language therapist. It builds communication, interaction, attention and learning skills whilst building strong relationships, through hands on, practical and fun activities.
Pupils with ASD often have difficulties with their attention skills. People need to have developed attention and listening skills in order to understand and use language. Attention Autism strategies can help us start at the attention level pupils are at and help them to build upon it.
Teaching – sharing autism knowledge and increasing the skill level of professionals and practitioners.
Expanding – increasing own knowledge to provide high-quality services to people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Appreciating – appreciating the strengths and uniqueness of autistic culture.
Collaborating and Cooperating with colleagues, other professionals, people on the autism spectrum and their families.
Holistic – adopting a holistic approach, looking at the person, their family and community.
Some of the TEACCH Autism Programme priorities are:
- focusing on the person, their skills, interests and needs
- understanding the ‘culture of autism’ and identifying differences based on individualised assessments
- using visual structures to organise the environment and tasks when teaching skills
- being broad-based, ie support people at work, teach skills but also ensure that people are supported during leisure and/or social activities
- being flexible and teaching flexibility.
Communicate: In Print
In Print is a symbol-supported desktop publishing programme. It is used for creating books, worksheets, newsletters and posters; and used as a basic symbol-supported word processor. It is used in school to support language development, communication, literacy and learning.