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Class 3: How a Child with Autism Views the World: Connecting in a Meaningful, Effective Way

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Course Intention:

The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of common thinking patterns that arise as a result of the neurological architecture of the brain of children with autism, and through which their understanding of the world is filtered. We will discuss how these ways of thinking shape behavior. This will serve as a guide for you in understanding and managing behavior in the classroom, and help you create effective interventions. This is designed as Class 3 in the 8-part series.

This course will cover these specific topics:

  • Black and White Thinking
  • Rigid Thinking
  • Getting Stuck
  • Expert in Sameness
  • Literal Thinking

“These dynamics can be at play individually, or they can be so intertwined that it is difficult to identify the threads of each separately. Identifying and understanding how they play out in your child’s life will go a long way toward reducing the child’s overall anxiety level. Most importantly, remember that every child is unique, and that personality comes first.”

Tim Wahlberg, Ph.D.

Lesson 1: Black and White Thinking