Profectum’s Discipline Specific and Interdisciplinary Working Groups are working to create and update our beliefs on best practice guidelines as new knowledge and research become available.
As we start this effort, we believe that an integrated intervention program for each individual with special needs should:
- Meet the child at his or her developmental level and build from there
- Advance the child’s profile of individual differences
– Sensory, Motor and Visual-spatial
– Communication and Language
– Socially and Emotionally
– Cognitively and Academically
- Use highly affective (or high affect cues) and relationship-based interactions to convey meaning
- Focus on initiation, intention and discovery to promote problem solving, symbolic thinking and abstraction
- Encourage reflection to develop one’s sense of self and empathy with others
- Respect the family as an equal partner in treatment
National Research Council
The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, in their 2001 landmark report, Educating Children with Autism, called for tailoring the treatment approach to unique features of the individual child and recommended giving priority to interventions that promote functional, spontaneous communication and outlined an interdisciplinary approach to education for children. These recommendations still stand today.
Reference: Committee on Educational Interventions for Children with Autism, National Research Council (2001). C. Lord & J. McGee (Eds.). Educating children with autism. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. The book can be purchased from Amazon and is viewable online.