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Autism Spectrum Disorders
Interventions and Treatments for Children and Youth


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Autistic Spectrum Disorders

July 2004 | 264 pages | Corwin
'Autism Spectrum Disorders presents the best validation criteria we currently have to offer children with ASD, and provides a blueprint for future work in this area. A long overdue wake-up call to the field, and one that is highly recommended.' - Gary Sasso, Chairperson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction , University of Iowa

'This excellent compendium will prove invaluable for anyone who wants to identify and evaluate commonly used treatments and interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.' - Juane Heflin, Associate Professor, Georgia State University

How can you best help a child with autism reach their full potential?

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) present a perplexing challenge for parents and school professionals. Literally dozens of interventions and treatments are available, so how does one know which intervention strategy works best for any given child or situation? This essential new resource, Autism Spectrum Disorders, was developed to respond directly to the extraordinary difficulty school professionals and families face in selecting and applying appropriate, effective interventions and treatments for the children in their care.

The information is presented in a straightforward and simple format, practical for finding clear answers to complex questions. For easy access, the book is organized into the following five intervention categories-Interpersonal Relationships, Skill-Based Treatment Programs, Cognitive Methods, Physiological/Biological/Neurological Approaches, and Other Treatments and Interventions. Each category contains several detailed reviews, including:

" A description of the intervention or treatment

" Reported benefits and effects associated with its use

" A synthesis of how the outcomes relate to individuals with ASD

" A discussion of who is best qualified to implement it, including when and where

" Potential costs and risks

Comprehensive in scope, this resource briefly evaluates over 40 commonly used and purported interventions and treatments for individuals with ASD, as well as detailed evaluations of their utility and efficiency. It will assist readers in critically evaluating and choosing those methods that have the highest probability of yielding benefits for this special population.

 
Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
 
About the Authors
 
1. Interpersonal Relationship Interventions and Treatments
Holding Therapy

 
Gentle Teaching

 
Option Method (Son-Rise Program)

 
Developmental, Individual-Difference Relationship-Based Model (Floor Time)

 
Play-Oriented Strategies

 
Pet/Animal Therapy

 
Rationship Development Intervention (RDI)

 
 
2. Skill-Based Interventions and Treatments
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

 
Incidental Teaching

 
Facilitated Communication

 
Augmentative and Alternative Communication

 
Assistive Technology

 
van Dijk Curricular Approach

 
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

 
Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)

 
Joint Action Routines (JARs)

 
Fast ForWord®

 
Pivotal Response Training

 
Structured Teaching (TEACCH)

 
 
3. Cognitive Interventions
Cognitive Behavioral Modification

 
Cognitive Learning Strategies

 
Cognitive Scripts

 
Social Stories

 
Power Cards

 
Cartooning

 
Social Decision-Making Strategies

 
Learning Experiences: An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and

 
Parents (LEAP)

 
 
4. Physiological/Biological/Neurological Treatments and Interventions
Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome: Irlen Lenses

 
Sensory Integration

 
Auditory Integration Training

 
Mercury: Vaccination and Autism

 
Candida: Autism Connection

 
Gluten-Casein Intolerance

 
Megavitamin Therapy

 
Feingold Diet, Herb, Mineral and Other Supplements

 
Pharmacology

 
 
5. Other Treatments and Interventions
Art Therapy

 
Music Therapy

 
 
Index

"Autism Spectrum Disorders presents the best validation criteria we currently have to offer children with ASD, and provides a blueprint for future work in this area. A long overdue wake-up call to the field, and one that is highly recommended."

Gary Sasso, Chairperson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Iowa

"This excellent compendium will prove invaluable for anyone who wants to identify and evaluate commonly used treatments and interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders."

Juane Heflin, Associate Professor
Georgia State University

"...the authors of the volume under review are to be commended for their efforts and for the resulting product.  Simpson and colleagues have produced a resource that parents and professionals can consult with the confidence that the evaluations and judgments of the interventions are generally fair and reflect the scientific evidence available to date...the book fills an important need and can serve as a model and stimulus for similar work in the future."

Donald P. Oswald
American Psychological Association
PsycCRITIQUES

This comprehensive, research-based overview on current treatments for autism spectrum disorders is a very valuable resource for clinicians, educators and family members involved with the autism community.

Professor Oliver Wendt
Educational Studies Dept, Purdue University
August 10, 2011

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ISBN: 9781412906036
£31.99