Readiness to Learn
In order to learn, an individual must be in an arousal state compatible for attending and learning. For individuals with developmental disabilities, particularly those with autism spectrum disorders, achieving and maintaining this state of â€œreadiness to learnâ€ can be challenging.
Sensory techniques to help that individual maintain an optimal level of arousal need to be incorporated into treatment sessions. Not only do sensory motor activities help to modulate an individualâ€™s level of arousal, but they tend to be inherently motivating and enjoyable for the child. To keep the individualâ€™s interest, it is necessary to follow their lead in determining the vocabulary to be introduced to match their desire to communicate. Natural, intrinsically motivating activities tend to encourage interactive communication and engagement, while maintaining the individualâ€™s interest more so than activities that require a particular response or compliance.