I am a teacher of children with autism. I have been teaching for 14 years and have a ton of resources, ideas, and materials. However, I am STUMPED by a current kiddo. This child has so many splinter skills and I don't know what to focus on next. Here is a list of his deficits and skills: -Nonverbal - able to use pictures to communicate basic wants such as food choices, color choices, toys -able to match most anything given - picture to picture, picture to object, similar pictures, items by attribute, item by function, words, numbers, colors, etc -able to sort and assemble up to 5 pieces -able to follow a picture schedule independently (familiar schedule items) -can copy letters and numbers to write items (not always legible) -independent in all self-care skills - can feed self, is toilet trained, can clean up area, brush teeth, wash face, comb hair, etc -Can do 1:1 correspondance -Can place correct number of objects for numbers 1-5 (touch math method); working on 6-9 and expect mastery by end of May -CANNOT receptively identify objects (have been discrete trial training "touch" ball, pencil, cup, spoon, all year and have seen NO progress -CANNOT match words to pictures (have been discrete trial training and mass trial training picture/word match for boys, girls, exit and poison all year and have seen no progress -CANNOT follow unfamiliar directions -does not show comprehension of lessons. Will ask "what animal are we talking about" and will point randomly to pictures, however, if shown a picture of the animal we are talking about can match to similar animal picture. (hope that makes sense) -does not show interest in toys/computer/music - chooses to sit with a squish ball and slinky at all free times -Very self-stimulating with flapping hands, squeals, and "burping" noises So, here is my question. What skills do I go to next? What should I be focusing on for this kid? Any ideas are appreciated!!!