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Stim Soup Series: What’s In the Soup? Part Three


Hi there and welcome to another part in the series on Autism. This is the third of a 9 part series on the terminology and acronyms associated with Autism. As a parent/guardian/caregiver, it is helpful to be educated and informed. If you are new to the world of Autism, it is my goal is to help you out and not be so overwhelmed. Basically keeping it as simple as possible

7. Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS):

A behavior rating test to diagnose Autism. They rate the child in 15 separate areas from: relationships to people to general impressions.  On a scale from 1 to 4, with four being severe.  It is the most common test to diagnose Autism.

8.  Discrete Trial Training (DTT):

Very similar to ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) in that a Behavior Therapist or tutor will work with the child one to one at a table.  Discrete Trial is a simplified version of teaching a skill, broken down into steps instead of all at once.

6: Echolalia

Described by many as a behavior associated with Autism.  It is actually a form of communication. Defined as the repeating of words and phrases that they have recently heard or something they heard months ago. It is also referred to as “Scripting.”  For example, my son will recite and repeat lines from videos he watches on Youtube while outside in our yard by himself.  I refer to it as TV talk.

Stay tuned for part four of the series, where I talk about:

  • Expressive Language
  • Fine Motor
  • Fragile X Syndrome

If you missed any other of the series, please click on the link on the home page. Thank you!