Psychiatrists might decide many children are not "autistic enough" to qualify for a diagnosis of ASD, but...
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2012
Ripple Effects, (http://www.rippleeffects.com), the leading provider of computer-based social-emotional learning and self-directed mental health guidance tools for students, announced today the release of the latest version of their comprehensive software, with a new tutorial on Autism. The addition of the ASD topic enables schools to provide resources to students with a wide range of communicative disorders at a time when the American Psychiatric Association (APA) contemplates more strictly defining an autism diagnosis. Should the clinical definition change, parents and school districts are worried that children that no longer qualify as having autism will continue to need support with non-academic issues that impact grades and school behavior, especially in the area of communication skills and deficits.
“Psychiatrists might decide many children are not "autistic enough" to qualify for a diagnosis of ASD, but if they have trouble making friends, taking part in conversations and controlling impulses, they deserve personalized support,” says Alice Ray, Ripple Effects CEO and social-emotional learning expert. “Ripple Effects fills this need. Students can use it when, where and how they want.”
Besides the specific ASD tutorial, Ripple Effects provides skill building in core social-emotional competencies that students with communicative deficits often lack. Each tutorial starts with interactive scenarios that students with ASD can identify with and includes illustrations, games, true stories and peer modeling. For example, one tutorial teaches conversation skills and includes tips and practice on how to start a conversation, how to end it, and how to provide the opportunity for back and forth dialog. Additional tutorial topics teach ASD students how to be a good sport, how to be assertive, but not aggressive, and how to deal with being bullied or teased without losing control. There is also a tutorial that will help students turn a bad habit into a good one by regulating compulsive habits. At the end of each tutorial, there is a fun quiz to assess content mastery.
More than 400 schools across the country use the Ripple Effects program, which is listed on the National Registry of Evidence Proven Practices. Once a school has purchased Ripple Effects software for their school, students can also have access to more than 700 topics that include related topics like “teased,” “impulse control” and “managing feelings,” as well as discipline issues, like defiance, and contemporary challenges, like online privacy issues.
ABOUT RIPPLE EFFECTS
Based in San Francisco, Ripple Effects is the provider of computer-based social-emotional learning and self-directed mental health guidance tools for children, teens and the adults who work with them. Ripple Effects’ line of award-winning, evidence-based software programs uses peer narration and interactive gaming to reach vulnerable students and positively change behavior. These media-rich programs are used in more than 600 school districts, after-school, and community programs nationally, and have garnered 30 major awards.