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Infant Toddler Development Training
Module 6, Lesson 5

Activity #1

Consider this scenario.

Gerri, a 28 month-old child who has just been diagnosed with autism has been referred to you as the ITDS. During your first session, Gerri's mother asks you for your opinion about different approaches to intervention such as Applied Behavioral Analysis.

How would you respond?

Activity #2

Review the NICHCY Pervasive Developmental Disorder fact sheet and answer the following questions.

  1. How is PDD characterized in the DSM-IV according to this fact sheet?
  2. What is the criteria for the diagnosis of PDD?

Activity #3

Consider this scenario.

As the ITDS you have been asked to provide developmental interventions to a 4 month-old infant who has Tetralogy of Fallot.

What considerations will you make when planning activities for this child?

Activity #4

Earlier in this lesson, you looked at the Floor Time material from Dr. Stanley Greenspan. Many concrete strategies were included in this reading. Go back to this material again. Select five strategies that would be useful to you in helping a child develop motor planning abilities.

Activity #5

You read about the value of Early Intervention Positive Behavior Support earlier in this lesson. In the material, you learned that problem behavior is viewed as having meaning or serving a purpose for the child. This purpose is identified through a process. Can you remember what this process is called?

Lesson 5 Highlights

This lesson provided the ITDS with an introduction to infants and toddlers who have pervasive developmental disorders, and miscellaneous medical conditions that affect development. Information to assist the ITDS to individualize the IFSP, using a team approach was included. Information on community supports and services was reviewed.


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Benito, N. & Christianson, K. (2004). Autism. Text file created for Lesson 5 of ITDS Early Steps Module 6.

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