In the middle school age social skills group this week we discussed Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, a psychological construct to explain human motivation. Participants were encouraged to think about how their own needs and resources fit into this model of developmental psychology, and also to consider how the motivations of their peers can be understood through a prism of a need for belonging, esteem, and self actualization.
I am a firm believer in the Occam's Razor approach to teaching. The simplest solution is almost always the best solution. Maslow's Hierarchy provides a simple and clear theory of human motivation, which for children and teens on the Autism Spectrum, can be difficult to understand.