Individualized Autism Intervention for Young Children: Blending Discrete Trial and Naturalistic Strategies

Author: Travis Thompson Ph.D.; Foreword Author: Samuel L. Odom Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 208 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598571738
Price: $29.95

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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 to each 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 dozen practical tools, including the Autism Intervention Responsiveness Scale, sample data collection forms, schedules, intervention plans, and progress reports. Readers will also learn from detailed before-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 below).

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


Review: The Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch
"Provides a fine set of practical tools and case studies to thoroughly teach and understand the difference approaches."
Review by: Dawn Buffington Townsend, Institute for Educational Achievement
"A welcomed approach for parents and professionals alike. Dr. Thompson and his colleagues are applauded for encouraging individualized-decision making and outcome assessment."
Review by: Cindy Tupy, mother of Lilly, who has Asperger syndrome
"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."
Review by: Glen Dunlap, 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."
Review by: Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen, Clinical Director ABA Learning Centre, Richmond, BC, Canada
"I will be purchasing this book and will definitely be recommending it . . . Dr. Thompson has done an excellent job documenting the research and covering most questions, concerns, and issues [surrounding selection of] the most effective and efficient approach for each unique child."
Review by: Steven F. Warren, Schiefelbusch Institute for Life Span Studies, University of Kansas, Lawrence
"Sets a new standard . . . truly groundbreaking. If you read one book on autism treatment, this should be it."
Review by: Matthew Segedy, Pediatrician and father of a daughter with autism
"As no two kids on the spectrum are the same, it would behoove clinicians, researchers, educators, and parents to match their therapeutic strategies to their children's needs. Dr. Thompson's work has exemplified this in practice and now through the power of books. Read and learn from a true master."
Review by: Sandra L. Harris, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
"Has immediate value . . . makes selecting the right methods for each child of prime importance. Thompson points the way toward a potentially fruitful approach for matching learners to teaching methods."
Review by: Tracy Reid, Attorney, Cooper & Reid, LLC, mother of a child with autism, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
"Makes the data behind intervention and treatment accessible, enabling parents and professionals to make decisions scientifically supported to achieve best outcomes."

Table of Contents

About the Author
About the Contributors
Foreword - Samuel L. Odom

  1. It's Not Your Father's Autism

  2. Autism Profiles and Blended Intervention

  3. Unraveling Diagnostic Combinations

  4. Predicting Treatment Outcome

  5. Evidence-Based Practices

  6. Early Intervention Dimensions

  7. Discrete Trial Intervention for Children with Limited Social and Language Skills and Intellectual Delays
    with Beth Burggraff & Clover Anderson

  8. Incidental Interventions for Children with Moderate Autism Symptoms and Typical Intellectual Functioning
    with Amy Bohannan

  9. Blended Interventions for Younger Children with Uneven Skills and Marked Restrictive Repetitive Behavior
    with Beth Burggraff & Lisa M. Barsness

  10. Blended Interventions for Children with Moderate Symptoms and Intellectual Delay
    with Patti L. Dropik & Lisa M. Barsness

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