Autism and Developmental Delays in Young Children
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©2007. By Gerald Mahoney, Ph.D. and James D. MacDonald, Ph.D. In this research-based curriculum, written primarily for practitioners, the authors give a detailed explanation of their Responsive Teaching intervention model, for children with autism and other developmental delays. Responsive Teaching (RT) is based on the theory that parents are the most influential figures in their children's lives. This manual outlines a program of intervention designed to help professionals encourage parents to become more responsive to their child through concentration on supporting pivotal behaviors, which will help them maximize the potential benefits of daily interaction. This in turn has been shown to greatly improve children's early development. Pivotal behaviors fall into the categories of cognition, communication, and social-emotional functioning. Section I: Introduction provides a basic explanation of the theory and rationale behind the model. Section II: Theoretical and Research Foundations gives a detailed overview of the research and theoretical foundations of RT, including a description of a study measuring the effectiveness of the intervention, which provides strong evidence for its efficacy. Section III: Implementing Responsive Teaching gives instructions on how to implement an RT program, outlining procedures and guidelines, with suggestions for supporting and encouraging parents. Section IV: Curriculum Materials contains all the reproducible handouts and forms for conducting intervention sessions, detailed descriptions and talking points for explaining all of the pivotal behaviors, and explanations of strategies to support each of these behaviors. The book also contains an extensive list of references and recommended reading and video titles. (Spiral bound; 337 pages.)
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.