Web-based approach helps high-functioning learners with autism become fully independent and socially integrated

autism-toolA new cognition tool is intended to help higher-functioning students with autism maximize their learning potential when they demonstrate inflexible thinking and difficulty identifying relevant information.

Skills Advanced Cognition, from SKILLS, is a web-based system is a specialized tool for the design and implementation of advanced teaching plans to help higher-functioning individuals diagnosed with autism reach their fullest potential.

Characteristics of high-functioning autism spectrum disorder (ASD), formerly known as Asperger’s syndrome, include: awkwardness and challenges sustaining conversation; difficulty understanding social rules, sarcasm, irony and humor; lack of empathy; difficulty understanding complex concepts; and obsessive interest in a particular subject.

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