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THE CONFUSION RELATED TO AUTISM: 

THE CONFUSION RELATED TO AUTISM The Choices We Make And Why We Make Them

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Welcome to the world of acronyms: 

Welcome to the world of acronyms ASD AS PDD PDD-NOS DTT ABA PECS IEP LEA SEA FAPE FERPA

Welcome to the world of multiple decisions: 

Welcome to the world of multiple decisions Special classes Inclusion Diets Supplements Medications Communication devices Positive supports Visual schedules Prompts Social stories Medical diagnoses Educational classifications Multitudes of very expensive 'cures'

For parents and educators, the decisions are overwhelming: 

For parents and educators, the decisions are overwhelming Do we? Don’t we? What if? Why? And who do we really believe?

CHOOSING A PATH: 

CHOOSING A PATH Task Analysis Functional Behavior Assessments Behavior Intervention Plans Goals Objectives

COMPARING AUTISM TO “NORMAL” IS LIKE COMPARING TRAINS TO CARS: 

COMPARING AUTISM TO 'NORMAL' IS LIKE COMPARING TRAINS TO CARS

CARS VS TRAINS: 

CARS VS TRAINS Cars change lanes Cars take many different roads Cars go around obstacles Trains stay on a track Trains go the way they are pointed Obstacles stay out of the way of trains One man with autism compared himself to a locomotive traveling down a railroad track.

Trains may function differently than cars, but if you let them stay on their tracks, they will eventually get to their destination.: 

Trains may function differently than cars, but if you let them stay on their tracks, they will eventually get to their destination.

If you park your car in the way, the train may well make a scrap heap out of it.: 

If you park your car in the way, the train may well make a scrap heap out of it.

If you force a trainoff its tracks: 

If you force a train off its tracks The train will probably make big ruts in your road

What works for the average person may not be effective fora person with autism,just as what works foryour car may not workfor a locomotive.: 

What works for the average person may not be effective for a person with autism, just as what works for your car may not work for a locomotive.

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It’s often best to go with our strengths. We may not always go quickly, but if we are pointed in the right direction, we will make progress, whether we are on a road or a train track.

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