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©2006. 3rd edition, expanded and updated. By Shirley Cohen, Ph.D. The author, who has over 30 years of experience in the field of special education, wrote this essential introductory guide to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for parents, educators, professionals, and students. In this expanded and updated third edition, the author provides a balanced assessment of ASD treatment approaches that are currently available, from Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to alternative therapies. The book is divided into three parts. Part one defines and describes ASD and how its diagnosis impacts children and their families, and the author shares the perspectives of persons with ASD, including Temple Grandin, Donna Williams, Sean Barron, Kenneth Hall, Stephen Shore, and Liane Holliday Willey. The author describes ASD through the lifespan and how it affects parents and siblings, and also how increased awareness, earlier intervention, and a greater number of support groups have changed the way ASD impacts many families in the 21st century. Part two of the book discusses early intervention and other treatment options for children with ASD, and several intervention and treatment approaches are highlighted, including: ABA: Floor Time; Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT); the TEACCH model; the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS); Relationship Development Intervention (RDI); and Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA). The author reveals that many parents are combining treatment approaches in several different ways, and that the practice of combining treatment methods has become widespread in the past few years. There is also a chapter on biomedical treatments, as well as a very important chapter on the economic factors that can deprive children with ASD and their families of the best intervention services and resources that are often available to wealthier families. In part three, the author explores the concept of "recovery," and she highlights specific advances in ASD research that show promise for improving the lives of individuals with ASD, and may someday lead to ASD prevention. Filled with personal narratives, parents'perspectives, and numerous examples from the author's professional experiences, this is a comprehensive and important introductory resource on ASD. (Softcover; 241 pages.)
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.