Autism Spectrum Disorder

How to identify Autism or Characteristics of it?

Does he / she have the following difficulties in life?

It is widely accepted that people on the autistic spectrum – although vastly different – will share three main areas of difficulty in varying degrees.

  1. Difficulty with social communication

    Individuals on the autism spectrum may have difficulties with both verbal and non-verbal language and take a very literal response to what people say.

  2. Difficulties with social interaction

    Individuals on the autistic spectrum may have great difficulty interpreting other people’s emotions and feelings and are often challenged when expressing their own.

  3. Difficulty with social imagination

    Social imagination is what allows us to understand and predict other people’s behavior, to make sense of abstract ideas, and to imagine situations outside our daily routines.

    For the non-autistic child these skills evolve naturally through the normal childhood development process. It is widely agreed that individuals on the autistic spectrum do not undergo childhood development at the same harmonious rate that their non-autistic counterparts do. They may be extraordinarily developed in one particular area whilst considerably challenged in another.

    (Information from: www.davisautism.com)

According to the Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Asperger syndrome or Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.

Asperger syndrome is named for the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, demonstrated limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy.

The difference Between Asperger Syndrome and Autism:

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Asperger’s Syndrome Autism
Cognitive Normal Intelligence 70% Subnormal Intelligence, 30% Normal Intelligence
Communication
  • Lack two-ways communication;
  • Normal development in speech;
  • Uses single-words in speech before 2 years old, and uses short sentences before 3 years old;
  • Conversation focuses on topics interested to self and will change topic suddenly.
  • Lack content in communication;
  • No speech or speech delay;
  • Has difficulty in keeping a conversation or lack initiation;
  • Conversation focuses on topics interested to self, tends to repeatsome speech pattern, like asking the same questions many times.

Both people with Asperger Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder had obvious difficulty in social, communication, learning and in work. Researchers have speculated that there is about 48 people with Asperger Syndrome in every 10,000 people. This problem brings in difficulty in understanding self, this world and interpersonal relationship. Davis Autism Approach® has provided a good chance for the autistic to learn those missed concepts that allowed them to fully participate in life and in learning.

Davis Autism Approach®:

What is Davis Autism Approach®? 

Different approaches in the past:

Different approaches / treatments in the past:

  • Taught the autistic individuals specific ways to cope with specific situations in life. They are compensations for short terms crisis.
  • Memorize / repetitive drilling on a specific social skill
  • Control the environment and repetitively train on certain social manner / responses;
  • Force to limit their personal likes / hobbies, in order to widen their interests or accept change.


Davis Autism Approach®:

 

A program developed by Ronald Davis, who was born as an autistic child. He could not speak until the age of nine. Mr. Davis named this coming out of a void and began to speak, a state of ‘individuation’.

The program can be conducted by a Davis Autism Approach® Facilitator, or by a parent or loved one who can be trained and mentored by a Davis Autism Facilitator-Coach.

Teach the autistic individuals the social concepts that they lack, and help them to make long-term self-correction in social life. It allows autistic individuals:

  1. to make meaningful interaction with others;
  2. to self corrects or adjusts their social behaviors;
  3. to respect their own gifts and intelligence to come out more in life.

The main goal of Davis Autism Approach® is to help an autistic individual to fully participate in life!

Doing the Davis Autism Approach®:

Phase I : Individuation:

For a normal individual, he/she develops a sense of self naturally at a very young age. When a child is at the age of two, the child has developed a sense that he / she is an individual, different from other individuals. However, autistic individuals have not developed a sense of self in this world.

Phase II : Identity Development

At a very young age, very young kids begin to develop different basic concepts by exploring through their senses about this world, and how individuals exist and operate in this world.

An autistic child has not developed these concepts. In the second phase of identity development, an autistic is going to learn all those missed concepts that he / she cannot develop naturally. There are approximately 30 concepts. These concepts are explored through creating clay models.

What we’ll do in this phase is very important. The different concepts to be learnt help autistic individuals to understand nature, this world and their relationship within this world. This helps them to form their own identity, and form a foundation for them to relate to others, and to comprehend in learning.

Phase III : Social integration

Social integration is the final area to be addressed. Once a person has a sense of his place in the world, he is ready to begin the task of understanding how relationships work and learning how he can fit into the world of people. This is the final stage in the Davis Autism Approach Program.

DavisTM Stepping Stones Program includes:
(Suitable for autistic children of 3 to 6 years old)

  • Informal screening and evaluation of developmental history.
  • Orientation exercises for individuation and controlling perceptions.
  • Concept Mastery and practical exercises for the initial identity development concepts of self, another, others, change and consequence.
  • Coaching instructions for parents or a support person/caregiver.

The results expected from fully completing this Program are:

  • The ability to increase their focus through the use of Davis® Auditory Orientation.
  • Increased sense of self.
  • Increased understanding of the foundational life’s lessons of change and consequence.
  • Parent/support person/caregiver gains the ability to support and coach the child in the use of basic Davis self-management tools.
  • Parent/support person/caregiver gains the ability to support and coach the child in experiencing and integrating the concepts in their daily life.

NoitTM

A small percentage of the Autistic population, possibly 10 to 15%, are so severely affected by Autism that the development of language skills does not occur. Along with the failure to develop language, many of these individuals are also severely limited in the areas of self-care, social and emotional function, and focus and attention. Almost all exhibit ritualistic or repetitive behaviors (often called stims) or engage in self-injury. It is these individuals who may benefit from the newly available NOIT™ unit. The NOIT was designed to help these individuals to learn to become more oriented which allows them to interact with their environment and communicate more effectively. See www.noitresearch.org for more information, a short video, and success stories.

(ref: http://www.davisautism.com/)

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Ms. Yvonne Wong

  • Licensed DavisSM Dyslexia Correction Facilitator
  • The first Licensed Davis Autism Approach Facilitator/Coach® in Asia
  • Master in Education (Counseling & Guidance: combining solution-focused brief therapy with NLP in work)
  • Degree in Social Work
  • More than 10 years experience in supervising child care workers and social worker about the basic principles in setting a curriculum or IEP for children with special needs, and the basic counseling skills
  • Parenting the Love and Logic Way® Independent Facilitator

Testimonial

My son has finally broken through his autism!

Through Yvonne’s facilitation, my son had improved in his communication. He could not communicate very well in words before the program. Now he could communicate so much better, and asked me a lot of questions. He would now challenge my answers. With regards to his behaviour and emotion, he had violent behaviour when throwing a temper in the past. Now, he did not have violent behaviour anymore in throwing a temper. He could calm down himself after a temper tantrum and would try to initiate to talk to me afterwards. Socially, he could communicate and played an active role in making friends. I sincerely thank Davis Autism Approach® for all the help I got.

– Mother of a ten years old autistic son.

My relationship with my mum had never been good. I had been deceived a few times financially by my friend with some unbelievable reasons. Through Yvonne’s help, I was diagnosed as Asperger Syndrome. After that, I had completed doing Davis Autism Approach in an intensive way within two to three months. I felt very magical as it seemed that the Davis Program had been tailored made for me. I began to see the inadequate sides of me. I could only see the literal side of things, and would not understand the deeper sides of anything. I learnt the way how every normal person thinks in order to let me survive in this world different from me. In the past, I don’t have this method. Now with this, I could gradually improve my interpersonal and working relationship.

– Comment of a 23 years old Asperger adult

Before I took the Davis program, I was really shy. I didn’t want to say anything to anyone and I always spoke with too much force. I didn’t want to go anywhere but stay at home. I always threw my temper and shouted at people. One day, my mother took me to see Yvonne. I didn’t know her so I was quite agitated and scared. However, Yvonne talked to me softly and I realized she was a nice person. She taught me the concepts and played games with me. Every session, we went to a big cupboard and picked out a game to play with. We played very happily. After taking this program, I have improved a lot. I now have a lot of friends at school and I am more outgoing. I have learnt all the concepts but I still come here to talk and play the Feeling Dice with Yvonne. The Davis program has helped me to become a lot better and I hope more people with dyslexia, autism or Asperger’s syndrome will join this program someday.

– Comment of a 10 years old girl with Asperger’s syndrome

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Autism and the Seeds of Change
Achieving Full Participation in Life through the Davis Autism Approach
By: Abigail Marshall with Ronald D. Davis

An in-depth look at a revolutionary approach to empower individuals with autism, giving them the understanding and tools needed to achieve their full potential. The Davis Autism Approach is uniquely geared to the autistic perspective, and enables each person to make sense of their world and the motivations and behaviors of others around them. This book explores the history of development of the Davis method, explores its connections to emerging scientific research, and takes the reader on a guided journey through the three phases of the program: Individuation, Identity Development, and Social Integration

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Davis Autism Approach® is a trademark of Ronald D. Davis. Commercial use of this trademark to identify educational, instructional, or therapeutic services requires licensing by the trademark owner.