Monica G. Osgood, Executive Director, Profectum Foundation; Co-Founder & Executive Director, Celebrate the Children School
Today we understand that autism is a disorder of integration and that deficits in the sensory-motor system are at the core of what derails individuals with ASD from realizing his or her potential. These core challenges often impact the individual’s ability to act on intentions and share with others his or her true intellect. This plenary session will illustrate educational interventions for middle and high school aged students and young adults that target core deficits through emotionally-meaningful, relationship-based activities in the classroom. Tapping into each student’s unique communication system will be emphasized and the use of presumed competence to maximize intellectual participation in class will be illustrated through video examples. Independence will be a key focus of this plenary as work on organization, working in groups, relationships fostered through group problem solving and higher level critical and creative thinking are targeted. Additionally, the use of technology and the importance of global awareness will be covered as students are prepared for successful lives in the 21st century.
Participants will be able to:
- Describe new insights into the capabilities and competence of the student with ASD and other developmental challenges
- Describe how autism is a disorder of integration
- List different approaches to maximizing each student’s ability to communicate
- Describe how targeting the core deficits in each individual’s sensory-motor system and maximizing communication in the classroom realizes higher levels of intelligence, self-esteem, participation, independence, relationships and overall success