Learning Style Profile©

Learning Style Profile©

What is the Learning Style Profile©?

The Learning Style Profile© (LSP) for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) (Rydell, 2012) is a research-guided intervention approach that identifies 10 ASD learning style components and focuses on moving young children with ASD from learning style weaknesses to learning style strengths in order to build increased and independent capacities in social and communication development.

What are the 10 learning style components addressed in the Learning Style Profile©?

  1. Object vs. People Orientation
  2. Learns Through Social Modeling & Rehearsal
  3. Attains Social Cues from Multiple Partners
  4. Level of Flexibility with Objects, Activities, & People
  5. Shared Control
  6. Interaction Style: Initiating, Maintaining, & Responding
  7. Verbal / Symbolic Communication
  8. Executive Function
  9. Distance Learning
  10. Transitions

What questions does the Learning Style Profile© address?

  1. Does your child pay more attention to objects than people?
  2. Does your child have difficulty learning the social-communication & behavioral skills modeled by others?
  3. Does your child receive social-learning cues from only one person at a time?
  4. Does your child interact with objects and / or people in a rigid, repetitive, & inflexible manner?
  5. Does your child form his / her own agenda & insist that others follow it?
  6. Does your child respond to other people in restricted ways during social interactions & only for certain purposes?
  7. Does your child primarily use scripted or memorized verbal phrases for communication?
  8. Does your child have difficulty focusing his / her attention to complete a task or activity?
  9. Does your child respond to others only when they are at a close distance?
  10. Does your child resist transitions in activities, events, locations, or routines?

What does the Learning Style Profile© Assessment look like?

View Learning Style Profile© Assessment

Does using the Learning Style Profile© conflict with using other intervention programs?

No, the LSP was designed to be used in conjunction with any intervention program. The LSP helps clinicians keep the big picture in mind (Independent Thinking vs. Prompt Dependency) during the therapeutic process.

Why should educators & therapists consider incorporating the Learning Style Profile© into their curriculum or practice?

As was mentioned above, the LSP provides a roadmap that guides educators & therapists throughout the intervention process to ensure children with ASD become independent thinkers in their communities. 

Watch LSP Introductory Course Preview Video

Results obtained from the LSP Assessment will identify where the focus of intervention should be. Are resources available to implement the intervention program?

Yes, Northern Speech Services has a continuing education course that explains how to set up the therapeutic environment for each of the 10 Learning Style Profile© components.

Watch LSP Advanced Course Preview Video