Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Achieving Academic Independence in Middle School-Outpatient (AIMS-O)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_102477-1


The Achieving Academic Independence in Middle School-Outpatient (AIMS-O) intervention involves teaching academic executive functioning (EF) skills using behavioral management (e.g., reinforcement, behavioral contract, first-then language, etc.) principles to promote increased independence related to academics. Sessions follow a consistent routine of (1) real-world practice review (discussion of previously taught skill and how it was used at home); (2) teaching component (PowerPoint, video clips, hands-on activities, etc.) that focuses on teens and parents learning key academic EF skills (e.g., creating a homework system, study cards); and (3) in-session practice of the newly taught concepts/strategies (e.g., parents and teens work together to create a behavioral contract/agreement, study cards, etc.) with coaching from the psychologist. Teens are assigned real-world practice tasks each session that are designed to lead to further mastery of newly taught skills through...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of MedicineCincinnatiUSA