Welcome to Module 1: Autism Basics & The Strength-Based Model.
This module is designed to be an introductory unit into the Autism parenting course. This module contains basic information that will be your knowledge foundation, which later modules will build upon that foundation and provide more in-depth information.
This is a PET Program (Parent Education Training Program). Which will help you to expand your insights, understanding, and attitude, and acquire knowledge and skills about the development of your child(ren), and your parent-child relationship.
Studies show PET’s allow parenting to develop increased competence in positive parenting practices which indirectly benefits kids cognitive, social, and emotional skills.
A lot of times when children receive an autism diagnosis their parents are overwhelmed with information, and/or their children begin an extensive therapy schedule – but the parents are left with little training as far as what they can do at home with their child to nurture them and help them reach their full potential.
“Diagnosis and Adios” is the reference I often hear.
You may feel completely overwhelmed, or that you don’t have a proper support system in place.
I polled over 1000 parents asking them what the hardest part was. They all had the same answers: Lack of support, communication, meltdowns, safety, sensory issues, and aggression. The modules proceeding this one will cover all of the above.
But now, we are going to start with the basics and build your knowledge, skill set, confidence.
This model is also an introduction to the Strength-Based Model.
The strength-based model was originally introduced by Barry M. Prizant, author of Uniquely Human, and one of the developers of the SCERTS model. It focuses on looking at autism more positively, noting the individual’s strengths and weaknesses, rather than only looking at a person’s deficits.
In this module, we’ll go over an introduction to some basic information about Autism Spectrum Disorder including:
- What is Autism?
- Signs and symptoms
- Statistics and prevalence
- Areas of the brain impacted by autism
- Autism diagnostics
- The strength-based model
- Areas of challenge
- The sensory spectrum
- Impacts of sensory bias
- Why is positive, person-centered parenting important?
- 12 evidence-based strategies that work