Real Life, Real Progress for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Successful Generalization in Natural Environments

Volume Editor: Christina Whalen Ph.D., BCBA; Foreword Author: Lee Grossman

Format: Paperback, 256 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781557669544
Price: $34.95

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Generalization is the key to effective autism intervention—when children can apply new skills across settings, they'll make broad, long-term improvements in behavior and social communication. The first how-to guide to generalization is finally here! Practical and reader-friendly, this is the book that helps professionals take today's most popular autism interventions to the next level by making generalization an integral part of them.

Pre-K–Grade 8 special educators, early interventionists, SLPs, and other professionals will

  • enhance 6 widely used autism intervention models with specific, evidence-based generalization strategies
  • get dozens of easy activities that really help children use new skills consistently—no matter where they are or who they're with
  • learn about generalization from the experts who know best, with contributions from top autism authorities like Ilene Schwartz, Carol Gray, Andy Bondy, Laura Schriebman, and Bryna Siegel
  • provide positive, supportive parent education so they can be active partners in promoting their children's generalization of skills
  • weave generalization strategies into every phase of intervention planning, not just at the end after skills have already been learned
  • modify generalization strategies for different settings, so children can achieve their ultimate goal: applying their skills successfully in school, at home, and in the community
  • assess the effectiveness of generalization strategies at multiple stages of instruction

Case studies and vivid examples bring the strategies to life in every chapter, and forms and checklists help professionals plan interventions, track children's goals, and monitor their progress toward generalization. With this urgently needed guide to one of the most important facets of autism intervention, readers will help children generalize social behaviors and communication skills—and ensure better lives and brighter futures.

Make generalization strategies a part of these popular interventions:

  • Pivotal Response Training
  • Discrete Trial Instruction
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Social Stories™
  • Computer-Assisted Intervention
  • JumpStart Learning-to-Learn


Review: ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists
"Belongs on the must-read list of every professional who works with individuals on the autism spectrum. An exceptionally beneficial book about a topic too often overlooked."
Review: 2009 Doody's Review Service, 5 stars
"Should be required reading for anyone involved in treating and/or teaching autistic children. This unique book is unmatched in the current literature and is poised to be the most useful addition to the field of autistic study to date."
Review by: Char Ugol, Parent/Advocate, Scottsdale, AZ
"Totally accessible . . . I couldn't put it down. 14 dog-eared pages, and lots of ideas swirling in my head for my team. So glad I ordered two copies to get us started!"
Review by: Peter F. Gerhardt, President & Chair, Scientific Council, Organization for Autism Research, Arlington, Virginia
"A valuable and user-friendly compendium of the latest in both research and evidence-based practice . . . This book is an overdue and important contribution to the field."
Review by: Tristram Smith, Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Rochester Medical Center
"The best hands-on guide to the most important part of intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders: helping the children take the skills they learn in intervention and use them whenever and wherever they need them."

Table of Contents

About the Editor


Foreword - Lee Grossman



1. Generalization and Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Daniel Openden, Christina Whalen, Shannon Cernich, & Manya Vaupel

I. Popular Autism Interventions and Generalization Strategies

2. Enhancing Generalization of Treatment Effects via Pivotal Response Training and the Individualization of Treatment Protocols
    Laura Schreibman, Aubyn C. Stahmer, & Jessica Suhrheinrich

3. Enhancing the Generalization of Skills Taught Through Discrete Trial Instruction
    Mary Jane Weiss & Robert H. LaRue

4. Generalization Issues Pertaining to the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
    Andy Bondy & Lori Frost

5. Social Stories, Categorization, and Generalization in Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Carol Gray

6. Generalization in Computer-Assisted Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Christina Whalen, Dominic W. Massaro, & Lauren Franke

II. Generalization Applications to Parents, Schools, and Community

7. The JumpStart Learning-to-Learn Model: Parent Training in Naturalistic Teaching for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    Bryna Siegel & Anne Bernard

8. Increasing Generalization by Training Teachers to Provide Parent Training for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Brooke Ingersoll & Anna Dvortcsak

9. Generalization in School Settings: Strategies for Planning and Teaching
    Ilene S. Schwartz, Carol Davis, Annie McLaughlin, & Nancy E. Rosenberg

10. Generalizing In-Home Treatment Gains
      Sabrina D. Daneshvar, William D. Frea, & Ronit M. M. Molko


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