Partnership for Extraordinary Minds
  Understanding Autism
Diagnostic and Educational Disability Criteria
Four Categories of Differences
Understanding Physical Differences
Sensory Processing
Muscle Tone and Coordination
Understanding Cognitive Differences
Understanding Social Communication Differences
Understanding Emotional Regulation Differences

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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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