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Proposed Competency Areas for Interventionists:

Major Strategies and Techniques Used with

Children and Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders

(Specific areas for individual service team members will vary depending on role, children served, and desired outcomes. Additional Areas may be added to cover other topics and strategies).

Area 1: Addressing Individualized Learning Styles & Behavioral Needs

Area 2: Communication

Area 3:

Social Skills

Area 4:  Stereotyped

And Repetitive Behaviors

Area 5: Sensory


Area 6: Medical  

An overview of Applied Behavior Analysis

Being Child Centered - Targeting Communication Intent/Scaffolding and Social Language Use in ASD

An overview of developing a social skills intervention program

An overview of approaches to target Stereotyped and Repetitive Behaviors

Understanding Sensory Development in Typically Developing Children

An overview of medical approaches commonly used with ASD

Fundamental Behavioral Teaching Principles & Procedures

Use of Direct Teaching (Behavioral) Methods

Direct teaching procedures

Teaching alternative behaviors

Sensory Issues in Young Children with ASD

The “DAN Protocol” and other dietary interventions diet

Prompting Strategies

Use of ABA strategies that involve naturalistic exchanges and components

Using peers and peer modeling

Using schedules visual supports

Sensory Issues in Youth with ASD

Addressing Sleep Issues

Natural Reinforcement & Preferred materials

Augmentative and Alternative Communication In ASD - Overview

Using natural teaching opportunities in targeting social skills

Using Video Self Modeling

Sensory Issues in adults with ASD

Addressing insistence on Sameness (“OCD”) characteristics in ASD

Using Visual Supports to Increase Learning

Picture based communication systems and the use of American Sign Language

Using Social Stories

Daily Schedules

Pragmatics in children, youth, and adults with ASD

Community and social skills using Peers and natural supports

Incidental Teaching Procedures

Using natural supports in the work place

Developmental Teaching Strategies

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