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Riders with Autism Part 4 – Teaching Techniques

Now that you’ve got some resources for your lesson plan, here are some resources for teaching techniques on interacting with riders and dealing with specific behaviors. Again, most of this info is from Susan McDowell’s seminar “TOOLS from the AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS SURVIVAL KIT,” and Claudine Pelletier-Milet’s book Riding on the Autism Spectrum. Riders with Autism Part 4 … Continue reading

Riders with Autism Part 2 – Preparation

Preparation As with any rider, you want to prepare your lesson and interactions to set them up for success. This includes: Knowing the Precautions & Contraindications Researching the Rider Planning the Lesson Environment Having the Right Perspective Precautions & Contraindications First thing it to know the precautions and contraindications for Autism from the PATH Intl … Continue reading

Fun Video Friday: Breaking through autism

This is an interesting story about one boy with Autism. I like how it teaches you can use one’s fixation to teach them about the world, instead of trying to break their fixation. It’s about meeting them where they are at – and not just people with Autism, but everyone in life. I discovered this … Continue reading

Adaptations and Teaching Techniques for Riders with Severe Disabilities, Part 6: Example Riders, Cont.

Adaptations and Teaching Techniques for Riders with Severe Disabilities, Part 6: Example Riders, Cont. Rider #3 Rider Info Age: 9 Gender: Male Diagnosis: Mitochondrial Ecephalmyopathy Mitochondrial Ecephalmyopathy is a condition caused by mutations in the genes in mitochondrial DNA, affecting the brain and nervous system (“encephalo”) and muscles (“myopathy”). It can cause muscle weakness, exercise intolerance, hearing loss, … Continue reading