Is My Child Ready for Group Session?
- -Self-control from engaging in self- stimulatory behaviors
- -Minimal or absence of disruptive behaviors
- -Fundamental Learning- How- to- Learn Skills, e.g. sitting/ standing nicely, responding, waiting nicely, self- initiated attention etc.
- -Independence in doing out-chair tasks with minimal supervision
- -Sustained attention in doing short tasks with minimal supervision
- -Tolerance to delaying gratification and termination of reinforcement
- -Understanding of learning contingency, e.g. token economy, time- in system etc.
- -Understanding of basic group instructions, e.g. choral, individual, and conditional instructions etc.
- -Understanding of simple instructions, e.g. 1- step instructions, multiple-part instructions
- -Ability to express desire and needs
- -Toilet trained
Some other consideration when we recruit candidates for group sessions include:
- -The combination of students, including students’ age, skill levels etc.
If your child has not established the above skills, it might be helpful to spend some time on preparing him before sending him to a group session. When a student is ready for group learning, he should not require an aid, parents or caregivers to shadow him. In the upcoming articles, I will share with you skills that we need to equip our students with to be ready for kindergarten and primary school.
Information provided by:Ms. Christy Lai (Autism Partnership Autism Partnership Case supervisor)
|Ms. Catherine Tam
Ms. Christy Lai is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with a Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ms. Lai joined Autism Partnership (AP) in 2011 and she has extensive experience in working with children with ASD. Ms. Christy Lai currently oversees the Little Learners program in Hong Kong and Shanghai and consults families in Asia. She directs overseas training to staff in the Train the Trainer program and provides parent education to families with children with ASD. She also conducts Jumpstart and PIIP programs locally and internationally. In additions, she partakes in overseas ASD conferences and produces ABA training videos and articles in the APSPARKS website for public education.