Read the article, “Beyond Me” in the Readings and Resources

  • Read the article, “Beyond Me” in the Readings and Resources section.  The author describes how individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) find it difficult to understand another’s perspective.  This manifests in difficulties with joint attention, comprehension and usage of pronouns and reading the emotions of others.  At the end of this article there are four programs designed by speech pathologists that target social skills. 
  • Now watch the video in the Readings and Resources section featuring Paul Morris, a young gentleman with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

In his speech, Paul says, “It took me a long time to socialize.  I’m still learning what that means.”  What does he perceive are his obstacles?  Are there obstacles he still has trouble recognizing?  Choose one of the four programs mentioned in the “Beyond Me” article.  Describe one or more tasks you might use from these programs to facilitate Paul’s pragmatic skills.

Self-Advocate Paul Morris Tells His Story | AutismSpeaks

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