Teaching Self-Regulation Strategies to Students with Autism and/or Developmental Disabilities: A Manual and Training for Parents and Educators

The purpose of this project was to provide educators with a series of lesson plans to help support students diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. The lessons presented to educators, in the form of an in-service training module, were designed to improve social skills, self-regulation, and behavior of students in the school environment. Five students diagnosed with autism from a non-public school located in northern San Diego County participated in this study. Students were assessed using individualized education program goals to establish baseline levels of behavior. Experimental data was collected over a three month period, using student and teacher ratings of student behavior. The results showed the delivery and implementation of the lessons provided in this in-service training had a positive impact on student behavior. Based on the project data, the in-service training module contains effective lessons and strategies to help support students in managing social skills and to self-regulate their behavior in the classroom. Through consistent and structured instruction on the lessons, students were able to improve their social skills and learn to monitor and self-regulate their behavior. Students were also able to understand how their behavior has an effect not only on themselves, but also on others. Keywords: Autism, Developmental Disabilities, Social Skills, Self-regulation, Behavior