Data from our work in schools and a vocational rehabilitation setting serving young adults indicate a significant improvement in social functioning and a reduction in anxiety after learning and using ICONz. In addition to ASD, our group work has included individuals diagnosed with Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Anxiety Disorders (AD). All groups showed improvement and the impact that ICONz can have in strengthening social skills and relationships with others. The same group often contained individuals with superior to well below average intellectual ability.
It takes consistent and intentional effort on the part of individuals learning the ICONz and their helpers, but we are encouraged by the growth and successes that the users of ICONz report. We have yet to meet an individual with ASD (or their parents, spouse, children, teachers or friends) who doesn’t want to understand what goes wrong in their interactions with others, and what they can do to change this.
Whether at home, the workplace, the classroom, or the community, those who’ve been taught the ICONz curricula learn to intentionally use the ICONz and the skills they’ve learned in any situation that calls for aware, engaged, reciprocal behavior. With support and instruction in intentionally using the ICONz every day, our students and clients come to see that they too can enjoy greater security and comfort for themselves and interest and enjoyment in other people.