AUTISM: Out of the Darkness #1

About the Program Autism: Out of the Darkness is a one hour program that shares several therapies and methods to use with children diagnosed with autism. This program may be beneficial for those parents who have recently received the diagnosis of autism for their child and are unsure of what steps to take next. Professionals in the educational field may also benefit from the information especially, Head Start or preschool teachers.

What’s Featured

There are many therapies available to assist those with autism. The therapies and methods of learning mentioned in this program include:

ABA (Discrete Trial Training)

is the science of applying experimentally derived principles of behaviorism to modify behavior. ABA takes what we know about behavior and uses it to bring about changes of the behavior (frequency, topography, latency, speed, fluency). The behavior is analyzed utilizing behavior assessment to determine the functional relationship of the behavior within the environment.

Auditory Integration Training (AIT)

Auditory Integration Training is an intervention that uses specially modulated and filtered music to retrain an individual's ability to process sound input. Dr. Guy Berard, a French ear, nose and throat doctor, developed the Berard method of AIT in the 1960's. He and other qualified instructors have trained practitioners to provide the intervention.

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

The Picture Exchange Communication System or PECS approach is a modified applied behavior analysis program designed for early nonverbal symbolic communication training. It is not a program designed to teach speech, although the latter is encouraged indirectly and some children begin spontaneously to use speech.

Rhythmic Therapy

Use of specific rhythms and techniques to facilitate improvements in many of the symptoms associated with a variety of neuro-developmental disabilities such as autism, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities and more.

Sensory Integration

Sensory integration refers to how people use the information provided by all the sensations coming from within the body and from the external environment. We usually think of the senses as separate channels of information, but they actually work together to give us a reliable picture of the world and our place in it. The brain uses information about sights, sounds, textures, smells, tastes, and movement in an organized way, it assigns meaning to sensory experiences, to know how to respond and behave accordingly.

Special Kids Videos

Special Kids(C) Video Modeling Therapy is designed to help children with a variety of developmental, cognitive and learning disabilities acquire speech, reading, writing, early academics, personal hygiene, self-help, social and play skills. Designed to help children of all ages with Autism, Down Syndrome, Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

Social Stories

A Social Story™ describes a situation, skill, or concept in terms of relevant social cues, perspectives, and common responses in a specifically defined style and format. The goal of a Social Story™ is to share accurate social information in a patient and reassuring manner that is easily understood by its audience.


TEACCH is service, training, and research program for individuals of all ages and skill levels with autism spectrum disorders. The TEACCH program has worked with thousands of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

This program was produced in 1996. Some of the contact information may have changed since it’s production. Updated information should be available on the internet.

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