In keeping with the DSM V, the name of "The Game Plan" presentation will now include ADHD / ASD. Asperger's and other associated disorders are now under the umbrella of ASD Level 1; Level 2 or Level 3 (being the more severe).
ADHD / ASD - The Game Plan will support those living or working with people on the lower end of the Autistic Spectrum who are attending main stream schooling; are working towards a career path; or have a career but who may still require support academically, emotionally or socially to allow them to achieve their full potential.
The focus of ADHD / ASD program is to provide information and knowledge, not only about the disorders, but to give participants an understanding of what it might be like for the person with the disorders through the analogy of being a player in a team of the world soccer league.
DSMV - One of the most significant changes is that the separate diagnostic labels of Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, and PDD-NOS will be replaced by one umbrella term “Autism Spectrum Disorder" or ASD. Further distinctions are made according to severity levels. The severity levels are based on the amount of support needed, due to challenges with social communication and restricted interests and repetitive behaviours. Not all people with ASD require special education schooling but they do require additional support and scaffolding in main stream classrooms.
Sue Suchocki I am excited that we now have a greater understanding of children/adults who once may have been labelled "the naughty kids" or "difficult". Knowledge and understanding of what it might be like for the person with ASD is essential. The realisation is that the spectrum is very broad and some children "are not bad enough" to fit into special education. There are many who don't need to be in special education but they do need support and scaffolding in main stream school/society to work with their strengths. Is this easy, no....is this achievable, yes.
Sue Suchocki - Facilitator of: ADHD / ASD -