“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Creating a plan for your child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an important key step in assuring that your goals and priorities for your child and family are addressed. When a child receives a diagnosis of ASD it is overwhelming. While a diagnosis does not change the core of who your child is, it does introduce you as a parent to a new world of services and supports that can help your child achieve his or her full potential.
Creating a plan for your child and family enables you to identify what you as a parent(s) or primary caregiver see as priorities. It helps you put all this information into one plan that you can share with educators, professionals, and others who provide support to your child and family.
Purpose of this section
In this section of the website we provide information and tools to assist you in developing a plan for your child. As time goes on and your child grows, and you learn more information about ASD, you will likely modify this plan to best meet your child’s needs. In this section, we introduce you to key areas that research indicates are important for a comprehensive program/plan for an individual with ASD. We recommend reviewing these areas as you consider goals and priorities for your child. These areas include:
The Big Four:
The Big Four are key areas that research indicates are critical to decreasing the likelihood that a child with ASD will have problem behavior.
Essential Skills for Everday Life
The Essential Eight are skill areas that are critical to living a happy and productive life. Some of these skills areas overlap with the Big Four.