Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals
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By Joanna Cole ©2009.
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. Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals, 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 authors answer the key questions asked by parents who are seeking an effective treatment for their newly diagnosed child. The text is based on the premise that Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is the most effective intervention for treating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism, contains the following information: evaluations of various ASD treatments; the research behind ABA (also known as the Lovaas method; selecting and implementing teaching programs; identifying qualified ABA professionals; the organization and funding of a behavioral program; and working with the staff of the child's school.
Also provided is 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 chapters include:
Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents and Professionals (Softcover; 400 pages.)