The World of the Autistic Child: Understanding and Treating Autistic Spectrum Disorders

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plishment from the tasks they do, and the job should result in real consequences. Initially, pairing task completion with some other token or reward is a way of teaching this. Some schools tally up token dollars and cents that result in real payments that the students can use on a field trip to a restaurant, the bowling alley, or the movies at the end of the week. These programs are usually funded by parents or some sort of fund-raising effort by the agency.

It is also important that a student be taught vocational skills that can be directly used in a "real" work setting: A good community coordinator is important to this type of program, so that meaningful piecework can be obtained for the students; in turn, students may eventually be able to land jobs with the same or similar employers who contract with the vocational training programs.


Chapter Summary

In this chapter as well as the previous four, we have discussed many aspects of educating autistic children. The school environment is a significant support and positive influence on the lives of autistic children as they grow and develop. In most cases, the school also is a source of significant support for families with the special stresses they face in parenting a child with disabilities. In the next two chapters, we'll focus on other approaches to treating autism-- through psychopharmacology and through various non-mainstream treatments that are used even though data on their efficacy are absent.

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