DO-WATCH-LISTEN-SAY: Social and Communication Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition

Authors: Kathleen Ann Quill, L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan

Format: Paperback, 440 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598579802
Price: $69.95

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Trusted for more than 15 years, the groundbreaking DO-WATCH-LISTEN-SAY has revolutionized social and communication intervention for children of all ages with autism spectrum disorder. Now a new edition is here, reimagined and expanded for the next generation of children and support teams.

Whether you're a professional already or in training to be one, this is the resource you need to address complex social and communication challenges for children with autism from ages 3 to 18. In one comprehensive volume, you'll have everything you need to conduct effective assessment, set goals and objectives for the child, plan interventions that work, ensure generalization of skills, and monitor progress. Immediately useful new additions—including a more extensive assessment tool and a system to monitor skill development—make this a cornerstone resource for every professional working with children and youth with autism.


  • Expanded and revised assessment and intervention planning tool, with an emphasis on tracking generalization of new skills
  • The very latest evidence-based practices and intervention approaches for enhancing social and communication skills
  • New activity sheets with fun and motivating ways to teach social, communication, and community skills
  • A look at how restricted and repetitive behaviors affect learning and development (one of the most underexplored areas of autism)
  • Guidance on prioritizing goals and objectives, linking them to assessment, and designing interventions.
  • New chapter on progress monitoring that includes a full data collection toolkit for tracking the generalization of social and communication skills
  • Updated vignettes and extended case stories illustrating social and communication challenges characteristic of autism

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Assessment tool; activities to build play and leisure, social, and communication skills; more than a dozen sheets to help monitor progress toward skill mastery and generalization.


Review by: Brenda Myles
“Simply brilliant! Based on a thorough understanding of ASD, social-communication development, and linguistics, the curriculum is written in such a manner that it can be easily implemented by educational professionals (who never have enough time) and is motivating to children and youth on the spectrum.”
Review by: Patricia Prelock, Dean, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Vermont
“Kathleen Quill has succeeded in providing for clinicians, educators, and parents the most comprehensive text to date that facilitates an understanding of the complexity of the social communication impairments of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) while providing a clear pathway for understanding how to assess both social and communication strengths and needs, select appropriate evidence-based interventions, and monitor progress. This second edition of Do-Watch-Listen-Say includes a revision of the Assessment of Social and Communication Skills for Individuals with ASD that guides clinicians in identifying potential obstacles to learning while planning intervention from the assessment results to the development of measurable objectives. Each chapter highlights critical learning elements and provides charts, tables, case examples, and sample assessment and intervention plans that enrich the readers understanding of those instructional strategies that are most likely to support the social communication of individuals with ASD.”

Table of Contents

  1. Understanding the Complexity of Autism
    Historical and Contemporary Overview of Autism
    Identifying and Diagnosing Autism
    Cognition in Autism

  2. Understanding Social and Communication Development and Challenges
    Core Skills for Social and Communication Development
    Social Skill Development
    Communication Skill Development
    Restricted, Repetitive Behavior in Autism

  3. Assessing Social and Communication Skills
    Understanding Educational Assessments
    Assessment of Social and Communication Skills in Autism
    The Assessment of Social and Communication Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Revised (ASCS-2)
    Appendix: The Assessment of Social and Communication Skills for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Revised (ASCS-2)

  4. Designing Intervention
    Intervention Planning: An Overview
    Framework for Targeting Skills
    Framework for Intervention: Core Skills
    Framework for Intervention: Social Skills
    Framework for Intervention: Communication Skills
    Framework for Intervention: Community Skills
    Framework for Intervention: Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors

  5. Selecting Evidence-Based Practices to Enhance Social and Communication Skills
    Evidence-Based Intervention Practices
    Intervention Approaches

  6. Instructional Strategies to Enhance Social and Communication Skills
    Teaching Opportunities
    Explicit Instruction and Interactions

  7. Instructional Supports to Enhance Social and Communication Skills
    Organizational Supports
    Social Supports
    Communication Supports
    Behavior Supports

  8. Activities to Promote Development
    Activity Strategies
    Using the Sample Activity Sheets
    Core Skills Activity Sheets
    Social Skills Activity Sheets
    Communication Skills Activity Sheets

  9. Collecting Data to Measure Authentic Progress
    An Overview of Progress Monitoring
    Monitoring Skill Emergence, Mastery, and Generalization
    Data Collection Forms
    Using Data to Make Intervention Decisions

Appendix A: Progress Monitoring Forms—Quantitative Data Collection Forms 
Appendix B: Progress Monitoring Forms—Qualitative Data Collection Forms


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