NECC Staff Publish Guide for Parents and Educators

Dr. Becky MacDonald, Senior Program Director, and Susan Langer, Chief Program Officer, recently published Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism: A Practical Guide for Parents and Educators

Discrimination skills enable us to tell one object from another, understand that different things have different names, and use those names to perform a wide range of cognitive and language skills, including following spoken instructions, communicating, and reading. The book outlines  outlines a systematic, evidence-based curriculum to promote children’s learning. Based on the authors’ thirty years of research, the user-friendly text and illustrative case studies cover:

  • Delivering effective instruction (repeat trials, brisk pacing, child’s active participation, reinforcement)
  • Types of discrimination skills (understanding differences, matching like to like, matching words to objects, following spoken-word instructions)
  • Prompting and prompt fading
  • Prerequisite skills (imitation, readiness to learn)
  • Overcoming barriers to learning (lack of scanning, low motivation)
  • Assessing a child’s entry level to the curriculum
  • Curriculum sequence, specific discrimination skills instruction, and remedial strategies

Parents and educators can use this book to teach foundational discrimination skills that help children become more proficient and independent in a variety of ways, such as using picture activity schedules and augmentative and alternative communication systems, mastering more complex academic skills, and applying learning across many situations in their daily lives.

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