This paper approves that parents need to know this as they start seeking treatments. They need to be reminded of it as treatment proceeds. Part of any treatment's success is recognizing what the child has accomplished. Parents also need to learn when to give their child's teacher a pat on the back when a job has been done well, even if there is still work to do. Likewise, parents sometimes need a pat on the back from teachers; it is parents who reinforce and round out what is learned in school and treatment. Finally, parents need to pat one another on the back once in a while; autism treatment is a Sisyphean struggle. It can help to remind one another how the cup is half full, not half empty. There will always be things that the child brings to his own treatment: a big part of treatment response is the result of which treatments are given.
This paper makes a conclusion that every child is educationally and biologically unique and will need something slightly different. The challenge is to understand the range of differences that make up what are called the autistic spectrum disorders and then to understand the individual differences that can be described in terms of slightly different profiles of strengths and weaknesses. The design of truly individual treatment plans that exploit strengths and compensate for weaknesses begins with a detailed understanding of how learning is different for children with autism than for those without autism and how learning is different among different children with autism. ...Show more