Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by difficulties with speech and nonverbal communication, by unusual and repetitive behaviors, by difficulty with changes in environment and routines, social challenges and often by unique strengths.
There are three main types of Autism Spectrum Disorder:
- Autistic Disorder with significant language difficulty; social and communication challenges; repetitive behaviors such as hand flapping, rocking and spinning; obsession with unusual objects and often an intellectual disability.
- Asperger Syndrome with milder symptoms of Autistic Disorder. They might have social challenges and unusual behaviors and interests yet they have normal language and intellectual ability.
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder–not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) with milder and fewer symptoms than with autistic disorder yet which might cause social and communication challenges.
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder require educational programs that accommodate and compensate for their learning differences.
Lear Educational Center provides tutoring designed to meet their individual needs, including structured time strategies and techniques. Our programs foster enthusiasm, comprehension and retention. They feature:
Multi-sensory teaching (sight, hearing, touch and movement) to encourage and maintain interest.
Visual, spoken and written explanations of concepts which assist the students to image and verbalize the reasoning of the concept.
Gradual introduction of new concepts and skills with frequent review so as to enhance recollection of prior learning and promote mastery of basics.
An emphasis on comprehension and retention so that students can effectively progress through more complex levels.
Introduction of strategies which the student can use to meet the learning challenges of today as well as the classroom challenges of tomorrow.
We use programs that are widely acclaimed for their success in teaching students with learning differences. These programs include Lindamood-Bell, Saxon, Wilson and Orton-Gillingham.