Autism Education Resources – Resources on FCD and the DIR Model

Welcome to Profectum’s autism education resources. This page provides professionals working in schools, clinics, camps and home settings the opportunity to access resources and keep up-to-date on the latest developments and research in the field. If you have a resource, research or any other relevant information you would like to share with others via this site, please contact us. This is a dynamic page where you will find new information on a regular basis.

A note from the Education Working Group

We are at an important crossroad in the world of special education, as technology and the latest scientific discoveries are opening new windows into what our children can achieve. State-of-the-art school programs are recognizing the need to evolve with this new knowledge to support students to reach their potential. Please see our information on the Education Working Group for insights into our developing education component of the Profectum Academy.

Profectum’s Education Best Practice Guidelines

The ”21st century thinking curriculum” for school programs embraces the following principles:

  • Instruction meets each student at their developmental level and challenges all capacities
  • Focus is on process vs. product learning
  • Provides meaningful, experience-based and dynamic instruction supports “discovery” and comprehension
    –  Believes development can’t be taught
  • Takes advantage of spontaneous opportunities to
    –  Foster relationships
    –  Support students to be intentional
  • Promote problem solving
  • Encourage the elaboration of ideas
  • Helps students reach higher levels of problem solving, symbolic thinking and abstraction within a wider range of emotions
  • Support the ability to give reasons to support ideas and connect ideas logically
  • Encourages reflection and “thinking about thinking”
  • The continuous flow of interactions allows student to become intentional and capable of generalizing and abstracting
  • Provide long periods of spontaneous floortime to obtain engagement, initiation, and multiple circles of communication in high affect states
  • Affect is central to all learning
  • Affective reciprocity allows students to find meaning and symbolize experience
  • Parent involvement is critical to the success of each student

Additional autism education resources