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Self-management is a term used to describe the process of achieving personal autonomy so that individuals can live and work independently within any environment. Self-management interventions help children and youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) learn to independently regulate their behaviors and respond appropriately at home, in school, at work, and in their community. Self-management interventions are not only evidenced-based but can be used to target skills in all domains. This includes language/communication, social, sensory, behavioral, academic, and adaptive. Teaching self-management is a foundational skill that can make it easier to teach learners with ASD a variety of new skills. This module will provide information on what self-management is and identify a variety of interventions for teaching and using self-management.

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Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

  • What's Included
  • 52 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $20 certficate
  1. Analyze whether self-management systems are appropriate interventions to help individual learners with ASD acquire specific target skills
  2. Analyze which self-management materials are appropriate for a learner based on the characteristics of the individual learner, target skills, and the contexts in which the intervention will occur
  3. Complete an individualized self-management intervention based on the steps for implementation, yet tailored to the needs and characteristics of the children with ASD that they teach
  4. Identify key resources for implementing self-management interventions

Module Authors

Julie Short, M.A.

Julie Short is a regional autism consultant at OCALI. She coordinates and provides regional and statewide PD, consultation services and technical assistance to improve outcomes for those with ASD.  Short has participated on the National Community of Practice of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She is a member of the National Autism Leadership Collaborative and Statewide Autism/Low Incidence Collaborative.  Short has co-developed online electronic book studies for autism focused professional learning communities. She is an adjunct professor at Ashland University. Prior to OCALI, Short taught elementary and middle school, teaching both general education and special education.

Teresa Crowson, MAEd., BCBA, LBA, OTR/L

Teresa Crowson is an online professional development specialist at OCALI where she creates learning opportunities and resources to support positive outcomes for individuals across abilities and the lifespan. Prior to working at OCALI, Teresa worked for over 25 years in the public-school arena in several roles including occupational therapist, autism support coach, behavior support coach, assistive technology manager, and training and technical assistant. Teresa has training in, and a passion for, the areas of evidence-based practices for autism, behavioral supports, structured literacy, applied behavior analysis, instructional coaching, and principles of adult learning. Having worked with students aged 2-22 in general education, inclusion, self-contained and regional program classrooms, Teresa is committed to helping educators, families, and community members support learners in all areas of life and is motivated by the power of presuming competence.

Denise Sawan Caruso, MA, SLP-CCC

Denise Sawan Caruso is a licensed speech/language pathologist in the state of Ohio and is a regional consultant with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI). She provides consultation and professional development opportunities throughout the state of Ohio. Sawan Caruso has over 45 years experience working with children and adults with challenging behaviors. This includes children and adults with autism spectrum disorder. She owned and operated a private practice for twenty years providing communication supports for children and adults with special needs and continues to provide consultation services. Sawan Caruso has presented nationally on behavior, autism and parent/professional collaboration.

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