A child presents as a high-functioning and intelligent boy with a great deal of potential.
To reach that potential and to be able to maintain his current level of functioning both at school and in the community, we need to help him modify and become more consistent in how he manages his emotions.
Function Communication Training (FCT) is the procedure through which individuals are taught that communication ‘gets them stuff.’ FCT teaches individuals how to use communicative responses in order to have their needs and wants met
I was prompted to write this ‘blog’ because of a parent picking up her child from our clinic the other day, mentioning how our Behaviour Interventionists always presented with such happy dispositions and are always so positive, encouraging and supportive towards not only her child, but to her as well.
Parents are most often of the opinion that, when their child goes to school, school will take over and they will learn what they need to know. School as it appears to parents, is the benchmark for learning.
Do children with autism learn as their peers do, or in a similar fashion? Will the youngsters ‘get it’ by placing them into a typical environment. Has their early intervention program taught them enough skills with few hours, to manage appropriately at school, given legal school entry is now pre-primary? Will school/day care teach them to model play and social skills, so they can mix with their peers successfully? Well I’d say ‘not nearly enough.’