A growing body of research shows that many young children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders can derive significant, lasting, and sometimes dramatic benefits from early intervention based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. This manual, inspired by that research, provides a wealth of practical information for parents, professionals, and others concerned with helping such children. Authors include parents whose children have been the beneficiaries of a science based approach to autism treatment, as well as many noted researchers and experienced clinicians.
The manual gives the reader concrete information on how to evaluate treatment options and differentiate scientifically validated interventions from fads and miracle cures; assess children s skills, needs, and progress objectively and systematically; teach children a wide variety of important skills, ranging from basics such as listening and looking, to complex language and social skills; and determine who is competent to deliver and supervise behavioral intervention.
The authors present an excellent overview of behavior analysis applied to the treatment of autistic children. There is a chapter on what methods have proven effective and what methods have not. There is a terrific curriculum guide that shows Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced skills to work on. There are two chapters on language development & speech therapy that are very helpful. If you have a child with autism, buy this book. If you are a teacher or practioner also buy the more comprehensive guide “A Work In Progress..” written by Ron Leaf PhD, published in 1999.
This is a manual for setting up a behavioral program for an autistic child, a passionate yet practical approach to dealing with an extremely serious problem, a place to begin *doing* something. Parents of autistic children have to get involved in their children’s treatment, even in those rare cases where the professionals they consult are really well-informed and do their best to map out the situation for the parents. Read the last chapters first, though, especially if you haven’t read “Let Me Hear Your Voice.” I started this book at the beginning, and it took me a long time to understand what it was about (this was the first book I read on autism, and I lacked a great deal of context and background, but the organization of the book did not help). It needs a better introduction, though perhaps I’m being too tough on the editors and authors. They’ve set themselves a very difficult task, and succeeded very well. I’d recommend that it be the second book read by parents looking at a diagnosis of autism or PDD for their child. The first should be Catherine Maurice’s “Let Me Hear Your Voice.” Perhaps that book is this book’s best introduction.
Product Details :
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pro Ed; 1 edition (May 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0890796831
- ISBN-13: 978-0890796832
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
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