The Early Learner at Home
The Early Learner at Home 2007 Revised Edition is an intimate look at the curriculum of an early learner with autistic spectrum disorder. The 2007 edition includes a fully navigable DVD menu allowing you to jump right to the teaching procedure you wish to view. The teaching procedures used in the DVD are depicted with detailed explanations via new, updated computer generated diagrams, subtitles and voiceover. Menu selection includes the following: requesting via picture exchange and speech, non-verbal social interaction, introduction to labeling, teaching prepositions and actions, generalization, teaching via activities, requesting help, all done, waiting, sensory integration techniques including a full brushing/joint compression treatment, massage, labeling emotions, addressing problem behaviors, white boards for curriculum maintenance, beginning data collection, goal setting, gaining attention and maintaining motivation. There is a brief section on prompt independence. The DVD culminates with an update on Ethan's progress.
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The movie shows how we choose goals or make programming decisions and why. It is a good example of a child-first programming paradigm. We throw in tips we've stolen from just about everywhere.
Some independent comments about Ethan's program and the movie:
- "I received your latest video today and viewed it this evening. I LOVE IT!! Thank you for putting such a comprehensive video together. It will be tremendously helpful as a supplement to my trainings. I am often at a loss for video examples of many of the procedures I espouse during my workshops and team meetings. This will fill in that blank spot nicely...(P)rograms run as well as yours are hard to find.
Finally, I just had to comment on your extensive knowledge. It is obvious that you have devoted all of your time to researching treatments and understanding ABA. Thank you." Kristine Quinby, Behavior Consultant
- "How I wish your videos had been available a year or so ago. They are great! They actually show parents and therapists, and they actually show what happens. One of the best things about it is that it shows parents that they should trust their own instincts, and do a combination of therapies. No one tells you this when you are at your lowest, and most in need of sensible other parent input. I am going to get my whole team to watch this." Alison Pope, Mother
- "...My first impressions were "WOW." This mother, along with Rosemary and the other EI team members have done a fantastic job implementing a very structured approach to teaching this little boy. It would be unfair to say that only one approach is being used. The mother along with the therapists have blended very nicely several different approaches to teaching children with autism (one being the verbal behavior approach) and the outcome is a very structured teaching method. In simple terms "good teaching strategies" are being used. ...To summarize, what I saw was excellent therapy." Steve Marchant, M.S. CCC-SLP, Assistant Director of Speech Pathology
- "I'm Wendy Webster's husband. I have watched your video and just want to let you know that I think it's terrific. It is clear and informative, and gives me lots of ideas about new approaches, and improving procedures already in place. I also realise that we're definitely doing some things right. I lost count how many times I said to Wendy what a fantastic job I thought you had done." Tony Balazs, Father