The acronym, 'VICTORIES' has been created for teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and families of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), or other related disabilities. 'VICTORIES' is to be used as a quick reference and planning tool which incorporates some of the evidence based strategies researchers have established as effective for most individuals with ASDs.
In addition to the effective strategies, the acronym, 'VICTORIES' expounds on the challenging areas many individuals with ASDs face on a daily basis.
The words, "victories and training" are heard in the same breath. Athletes, musicians, scholars, etc., all undergo training and practice to make progress (or just to maintain their skills) in their field of study (or interest). Likewise, individuals with ASDs, also must receive effective training, practice and support to learn difficult skills, attempt undesired tasks, and implement skills which will increase their independence and quality of life. So, what are we waiting for?