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Self-management teaches learners with ASD to discriminate between appropriate and inappropriate behavior, accurately monitor and record their own behaviors, and reward themselves for appropriate behavior or use of skill.

What Will I Learn?

The AFIRM model guides the learner through four lessons to facilitate:

  • Learning basic knowledge about self-management (SM).
  • Applying SM in activity based scenarios that promote real-world application.

The SM module will take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. However, the module is broken into individual lessons to help guide your learning:

Lesson Time to Complete
A Case for SM 10 minutes
Lesson 1: Basics of SM 20 minutes
Lesson 2: Planning for SM 25 minutes
Lesson 3: Using SM 25 minutes
Lesson 4: Monitoring SM 25 minutes
Applying SM 10 minutes
Suggested citation:
Sam, A., & AFIRM Team. (2016). Self-management. Chapel Hill, NC: National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorder, FPG Child Development Center, University of North Carolina. Retrieved from

Professional Standards

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Standards that apply to all 27 evidence-based practices (PDF document, 2 pages)

CEC standards that apply specifically to the self-management (SM) module (PDF document, 1 page)


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