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Individualized Autism Intervention for Young Children -- By Travis Thompson, Ph.D., with invited contributors

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Discrete trial instruction or naturalistic, incidental teaching: How do you choose which approach to use with young children with autism? Now there's no need to "pick a side"—this groundbreaking book helps professionals skillfully blend the best of both behavioral approaches to respond toeach child's individual needs.

Developed by one of the nation's leading experts on autism, this innovative, evidence-based guidebook cuts through the chaos of conflicting information and gives readers a logical, child-centered way to plan and implement intervention.

Professionals will begin with an in-depth guide to creating an autism intervention profile for each child, based on the type and severity of the child's autism characteristics and common predictors of how the child will respond to intervention (such as anxiety level, language, and social interest). Once the profile is complete, readers will learn how to match the child's individual characteristics and needs with a specially tailored blend of DTI and naturalistic teaching.

To help them select and implement the right interventions for each child, professionals will get more than a dozenpractical tools, including the Autism Intervention Responsiveness Scale, sample data collection forms, schedules, intervention plans, and progress reports. Readers will also learn from detailedbefore-and-after case studies of five children with very different characteristics and intervention needs. Through vivid accounts of their diverse intervention plans and first-person stories from their parents, readers will see exactly what individualized, child-centered interventions look like and how they help children make improvements in key areas (see box).

A must for early childhood educators and interventionists, this book will demystify competing autism treatments and help readers create custom-tailored interventions that really improve child outcomes.

Develop child-centered, individualized interventions that help children
  • join in play

  • read nonverbal cues

  • communicate more effectively

  • overcome social anxiety

  • increase empathy

  • reduce attention problems

  • accept new activities and experiences

  • maintain independent creative activities

  • share their experiences

  • reduce compulsive rituals and routines

  • generalize skills to other settings

"Highlights the hope in individualizing autism interventions and illustrates how that process can yield better results for our children. I applaud Dr. Thompson for writing about this complex approach, one that challenges us to modernize how we view and treat ASD, and therefore, stands to benefit all who are affected by it."—Cindy Tupy, mother of Lilly, who has Asperger syndrome

"Travis Thompson brings a uniquely lucid voice into the jumbled world of behavioral interventions ... a very sensible and useful guidebook grounded in the essential principle of individualization."—Glen Dunlap, Ph.D., University of South Florida

"Makes the data behind intervention and treatment accessible, enabling parents and professionals to make decisions scientifically supported to achieve best outcomes."—Tracy Reid, JD; Attorney, Cooper & Reid, LLC; mother of a child with autism

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