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The ultimate goal for ASD children is self-sufficiency in life. The ultimate question is how to achieve this goal.
In the age of knowledge and technology, relying 100% on direct knowledge transfer from others is not enough. We, ASD or not, must be able to acquire knowledge continuously in order to achieve self-sufficiency in life. In OMA, we accept that learning is an acquired behaviour; learning skill is more so the case. For ASD children, acquire the techniques of learning can be a lengthy process. As early interventionists, we tend to use play to initiate the child’s learning process. We use PLAY to launch the child’s LANGUAGE. As the child acquire language s/he practices COMMUNICATION. When that starts to emerge, READING and WRITING start. LITERACY foundation eventually forms. The child is ready to use reading to acquire knowledge. Independent reading is the beginning of knowledge acquisition.