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Environmental changes related to the education of an individual with disabilities.
Listening for meaning in which the listener checks with the speaker to see that a statement has been correctly heard and understood. The goal is to improve mutual understanding.
A mental disorder characterized by a consistent, pervasive alteration in mood, affecting thoughts, emotions, and behaviour.
A structure located under the cortex in the temporal lobe of the brain. It is part of the limbic system and known to play an important role in the processing of emotions and other social information.
A psychophysiological disorder characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, a distorted self-image, a persistent unwillingness to eat, and severe weight loss.
Stimuli or events that immediately precede a behaviour.
Tension or nervousness felt prior to the occurrence of a real or imagined event.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
An applied science that develops methods of changing behaviour. It is based on the scientific study of the principles of operant and respondent conditioning. ABA is applied (the outcome has practical significance), behavioural (behaviour itself is of interest), analytical (functional relationships can be established).
Asperger Syndrome (AS)
One of the conditions considered a Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). AS is characterized by marked and sustained social and behavioural impairments but no significant cognitive or language delays.
Term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices that promote greater independence.