Children with autism may attend to only certain characteristics or stimuli in their environments. For example, when shown a photograph of a cup, the child may focus only the color of the cup and not the shape of the object. Therefore, cups of other colors may not be recognized by the child as “cups.” This is known as “stimulus overselectivity.” When teaching we want to use a variety of examples (along with other strategies) in order to teach children to respond to multiple cues in the environment.
For more information on teaching with multiple cues, please consult:
Pivotal Response Treatment for Autism: Communication, Social, & Academic Development
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