REACH 6: Autism Basics Quiz

Use this quiz to confirm your knowledge about serving students with autism. If you have questions then go to the Autism Resource page for links to useful resources.


Not seeing/understanding facial expressions, fluctuations in a person's voice, personal space, and matching affect are all examples of a __________ diificulty.

 listening comprehension
 verbal communication
 nonverbal communication
 general intelligence


Some students with disabilities have heightened sensory or physiological issues. Which of the below would best assist a teacher in monitoring these needs so that learning can occur?

 Monitoring task complexity.
 Monitoring concreteness/abstraction of activities.
 Monitoring student interests.
 Monitoring sleep/alertness levels.


Which of the following classroom routines is helpful in providing maximal teacher attention and support to students?

 Anticipatory cues.
 Small group instruction.
 Proximity control.
 All of the above.


Many students with disabilities, including autism, need coping strategies for the varied sensory, cognitive, motor, and emotional demands. What would be an example of a coping strategy?

 Asking for a break when needed.
 Walking out of the class without permission.
 Screaming to release tension.
 All of the above.

5. Autism spectrum disorders (from the medical DSM V) include the subcategories of:

 autism, aspergers, pervasive developmental delays - not otherwise specified.
 aspergers, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental delays - not otherwise specified.
 autism, aspergers, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental delays - not otherwise specified.
 autism, aspergers, social communication disorder, pervasive developmental delays - not otherwise specified.


Many students with autism have play and daily living challenges. Which one below is not a characteristic often associated with people with autism?

 A propensity towards focusing on pieces of a toy, rather than the whole toy.
 A need for schedules and routines to be unpredictable.
 Preoccupation with certain topics, such as train schedules.
 Stereotyped behaviors such as rocking or hand flapping.


One main area in which children with autism have difficulty is social communication impairment. Which one of the below is not a behavior associated with this area?

 Lack of empathy.
 Delayed motor skills.
 Lack of interest in other people.
 Difficulty with eye to eye gazing.


The best way to ensure a behavior will continue in the future is to positively reinforce it. Which one(s) below is/are a reinforcer?

 All of the above.


Grunting or humming, repeating over and over what one has heard, lack of initiating or sustaining conversations are all symptomatic of _________ challenges for some students with autism. Choose the best answer.

 verbal communication
 nonverbal communication
 general intelligence
 listening comprehension


To decrease students' anxiety and to address the need for structure, classrooms for students with autism should have which of the following:

 colorful walls and pictures.
 frequent transitions.
 visual schedule.
 All of the above.

11. Which one of the following behaviors is not an example of noncompliance?

 Refusing to talk.
 Arriving late to class.
 Failure to begin work when asked.


A major difference between a person previously diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (now a subcategory in the spectrum) and autism (again, a subcategory) is that people with Aspergers, compared to children with autism:

 have a faster onset of characteristics.
 have a higher verbal IQ than performance IQ.
 have a higher performance IQ than a verbal IQ.
 none of the above.


Children with higher functioning autism spectrum disorders are especially more susceptible to which of the following during adolescence?

 Suicide or suicidal ideation.
 Running away from home.
 Improved school grades.


When teaching a behavior to replace a behavior that is not wanted in the classroom, the new behavior must have the same function (serve the same purpose) as the undesirable behavior. Which two reasons below are two primary functions of behavior?

 Attention; difficult task.
 Attention; social acceptance.
 Attention; entertainment.
 Physical contact; entertainment.

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