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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development." —Educating Children with Autism, 2001
Individuals on the autism spectrum often struggle with the complex ability to self regulate. Self-regulation is the ability to process information from the senses, understand what one is experiencing, express what one is experiencing, respond appropriately to the experience or inhibit a response, and later remember what was experienced in order to process it better. It is related to physiological factors including arousal, attention, affect, and action; therefore, intervention strategies in all four areas (physical, cognitive, social communication, and emotional) will impact greatly the student’s ability to self regulate. Sensory processing is integrally related to emotional regulation.
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