Focused on life skills development:
- LEARN will better prepare kids for life through targeted life skills lessons.
- LEARN lessons address educational achievement standards within real-life situations, including problem solving and decision-making.
Teachers and parents will be pleased to learn that the Autism2Ability LEARN curriculum represents grade level academic content with modified and alternative achievement standards as outlined in the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The curriculum also addresses non academic skills (e.g., self-regulation) as outlined in the National Autism Center’s Standards Report (2009).
- Movitators: Lessons include personalized motivators to increase the likelihood of attention and learning such as animation that moves across the screen.
- Versatile: The online interactive curriculum can be used at school, home for afterschool reinforcement, homeschooling, and/or summer study.
- Progress tracking: Tracking helps parents ensure their kids are making progress on their individualized learning paths.
- Modeling: Video model of directions for each lesson can be watched multiple times providing predictability and increased comprehension for kids.
- Self-paced: Kids progress at their own pace.
- Autonomous: Parents and teachers, taking into account level of independence, do not need to provide constant supervision.
- Self-correcting: Kids are prompted to correct their incorrect answers before continuing the lesson.
- Choice: Kids see a visual menu of limited choices so they can select which lessons to complete first and what the reward for completion will be.
- Predictability: Sessions begin the same way each time and lessons follow a similar format to provide much needed structure.
- Distracters: Lesson formats contain minimal distractions.
- Maintenance lessons: Mastered skills are re-visited at time intervals to ensure they have been maintained. Skills are reintroduced as needed.
- Generalization lessons: Different formats are used for the same lesson to increase likelihood of generalization in learning the skill. Generalization into the real world may then follow in the LIVE component of Autism2Ability.
- Level of difficulty: Sessions balance difficult lessons with easier lessons to motivate kids to continue.
- Pat on the back: Kids can access a visual picture list of the completed lessons by clicking on an icon and are encouraged to continue with the pat on the back.