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Accommodating to motor difficulties and communication impairments in people with autism: the MORE intervention model

Emerson, Anne; Dearden, Jackie

Authors

Anne Emerson anne.emerson@nottingham.ac.uk

Jackie Dearden

Abstract

Motor impairment in individuals with autism potentially impacts on their development in all spheres. This paper is particularly concerned with people with severe communication impairments suggesting that recognition of the impact of motor impairments on their lives could lead to more effective interventions being developed. One such intervention is the MORE (Means, Opportunities, Reasons, and Expectations) model, founded on the “least dangerous assumption,” that is assuming competence until otherwise established through long-term observation and assessment. Components of the model include recognizing the importance of having high expectations and linking this to the way people are spoken to; timing within an intervention and over long periods; the importance of eye-hand coordination and teaching independent pointing skills. It is suggested that literacy should be offered as an early step which could significantly enhance communication.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 18, 2013
Journal Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
Electronic ISSN 1662-5145
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Article Number 45
Institution Citation Emerson, A., & Dearden, J. (2013). Accommodating to motor difficulties and communication impairments in people with autism: the MORE intervention model. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7, doi:10.3389/fnint.2013.00045
DOI https://doi.org/10.3389/fnint.2013.00045
Publisher URL http://journal.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnint.2013.00045/full
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
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