Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies for Communication and Social Interactions

Series Editors: Marc E. Fey Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Alan G. Kamhi; Volume Editors: Patricia A. Prelock Ph.D., Rebecca J. McCauley Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Format: Paperback w/DVD, 448 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598570533
Price: $66.95

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With video clips that show the interventions in action!

For SLPs preparing to work with children who have autism spectrum disorders, selecting effective interventions for communication and social challenges is critically important. This accessible textbook gives SLPs the in-depth knowledge they need to evaluate, choose, and apply today's best interventions for communication and social interactions.

With contributions from 25 top autism experts across multiple disciplines, this student-friendly text gives SLPs a thorough introduction to 12 widely used evidence-based interventions, including

  • augmentative and alternative communication strategies
  • the Developmental Individual-Difference Relationship Based (DIR®) model
  • Enhanced Milieu Teaching
  • functional communication training
  • joint action routines
  • peer mediated support strategies
  • Picture Exchange Communication System
  • Pivotal Response Treatment
  • Social Stories™
  • video modeling applications

To help readers find the information they need and compare interventions easily, each chapter clearly lays out key details on each intervention's theoretical and empirical basis, practical requirements, components, applications for both children and adults, and considerations for children from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Brief, illustrative video clips and case studies show the interventions in action, and helpful learning activities prepare SLPs to make sound decisions in scenarios they're likely to encounter in the field.

With this practical, expertly organized textbook, tomorrow's SLPs will expertly choose and apply interventions that improve the communication and social skills of people with autism spectrum disorders.


Review by: Rhea Paul, Professor and Founding Director, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, College of Health Professions, Sacred Heart University
"A welcome contribution to the clinical literature on communication treatment for children with ASD . . . provides clinicians with invaluable guidance in selecting methods to address the core symptoms of this disorder."
Review by: Ami Klin, Marcus Autism Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Georgia Research Alliance
"[A] gem of a book . . . An instant classic, to carry in our pockets and to introduce to every student in the field."
Review by: Lynn Koegel, University of California, Santa Barbara
"A valuable resource . . .full of strategies for those with very few support needs to those with the greatest support needs."

Table of Contents

About the DVD
Series Preface
Editorial Advisory Board
About the Editors
About the Contributors
Foreword by Tony Charman

  1. Introduction to Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Patricia A. Prelock and Rebecca J. McCauley
  2. Reader's Guide
    Rebecca J. McCauley and Patricia A. Prelock
  3. Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies: Manual Signs, Picture Communication, and Speech-Generating Devices
    Jane R. Wegner
  4. Elementary Behavioral Intervention Strategies: Discrete Trial Instruction, Differential Reinforcement, and Shaping
    Susan M. Wilczynski, Hanna C. Rue, Melissa Hunter, and Lauren Christian
  5. An Introduction to the Developmental, Individual-Difference, Relationship-Based (DIR) Model and Its Application to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Sima Gerber
  6. Functional Communication Training: Treating Challenging Behavior
    V. Mark Durand
  7. Joint Attention Intervention for Children with Autism
    Connie Kasari, Danai Kasambira Fannin, and Kelly Stickles Goods
  8. Implementing Enhanced Milieu Teaching with Children Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorders
    Terry B. Hancock and Ann P. Kaiser
  9. Early Social Interaction Project
    Juliann J. Woods, Amy M. Wetherby, Shubha Kashinath, and Renee Daly Holland
  10. Peer-Mediated Support Interventions
    Erik W. Carter, Lynn G. Sisco, and Yun-Ching Chung
  11. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
    Richard L. Simpson and Jennifer B. Ganz
  12. Pivotal Response Treatment
    Yvonne Bruinsma and Erin K. McNerney
  13. Social Stories™
    Tiffany L. Hutchins
  14. Video Modeling Applications for Persons with Autism
    Tom Buggey
  15. Future Directions
    Rebecca J. McCauley and Patricia A. Prelock


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