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Responsive Teaching and Autism

Responsive teaching is a comprehensive parent-mediated intervention for children from birth to 6 years of age who have, or are at-risk for, child development and social emotional problems.

Responsive teaching is designed to address the following issues

  • Cognition: To enhance children's ability to perceive, know, reason, and make choices and to use of these competencies in everyday routines.
  • Language/Communication: To enhance children's ability to engage in conversational exchanges in which they express their observations, feelings and needs and respond to the requests, feelings and observations of others.
  • Social-Emotional Functioning: To enhance children's social and emotional well being so that they feel secure and capable of adjusting to the demands of family life and routine interactions.

The responsive teaching curriculum includes

  • Responsive Teaching Strategies for addressing children's developmental needs
  • Pivotal Behavior Intervention Objectives
  • Discussion Topics for that can be used by professionals to explain the Responsive Teaching rationale
  • Objectives Procedures for evaluating children's progress in acquiring Pivotal Behavioral Objectives
  • A flexible planning guide for addressing children's individualized needs in three Developmental Domains
  • A Computerized Responsive teaching Planning and Tracking Program

Responsive teaching is designed to be delivered by parents and/or appropriate professionals.

Responsive teaching was developed by Gerald Mahoney and James MacDonald.

More Information

Please see our Responsive Teaching and Autism Publications


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Updated
27 Aug 2015