Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are characterized by severe developmental impairments, including lowered social function and communication skills. Having a child with an ASD greatly stresses the emotional, financial, and social resources of the family. With this workbook, parents learn the latest and most effective ASD management techniques for their children, including the use of the family enhancement treatment model designed by the authors-a program that provides step-by-step guidelines for fostering children's abilities and enhancing the health of the whole family.
The book encourages parents to seek a balance between child-centered and family-centered goals. Parents learn how to assess their children's needs and create a personalized intervention plan compatible with the family's resources, goals, and priorities. Worksheets guide parents through the assessment and decision making process.
The family enhancement plan shows how specific family needs can suggest specific child-centered target behaviors. When accomplished, these behavior goals-like the accomplishment of certain chores or the ability to go with the family on an outing or errands-will benefit both child and family. --- from the publisher
About the Authors:
Stephanie B. Lockshin, MA, Ed.D., Ph.D., BCBA, is currently coordinator of clinical services at the Institute for Child Development at the State University of New York at Binghamton. She is also a neuropsychologist with United Health Services at Binghamton General Hospital in Binghamton, NY. She also maintains a private psychological practice. She is coauthor of the Individualized Goal Selection Curriculum.
Jennifer M. Gillis, MA, BCABA, is a board certified associate behavior analyst. She is currently coordinator of clinical services at the State University of New York at Binghamton and neuropsychologist for United Health Services at Binghamton General Hospital in Binghamton, NY.
Raymond G. Romanczyk, Ph.D., is adjunct professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Sciences Center. He has been a licensed psychologist since 1976. He is a board certified behavior analyst and the director of the Institute for Child Development located at SUNY, Binghamton.