A comprehensive guide for any parent or professional working with autistic children. Parents of newly diagnosed children and professionals looking for a concrete curriculum will find this book to be an invaluable resource.
The two-part manual presents ABA-based behavioral intervention strategies along with a detailed curriculum that contains 54 clear, step-by-step exercises. The first half of the book gives parents practical how-to information on setting up an ABA program and dealing with difficult behaviors. Topics covered include: teaching formats; stages of therapy; evaluation; reinforcement; working with older children; disruptive behaviors; behavior problems; self-stimulatory behaviors; sleep problems; toilet training; eating problems; play and social skills. The second part of the book is a detailed curriculum that provides actual lessons with step-by-step instructions as well as creative ideas on how to make learning a natural progression. Emphasis is placed on learning in different settings, the importance of acquiring age appropriate skills and creating a home program that emphasizes the joy of learning. In addition, there are seven appendices covering Curriculum Assessment, Daily Data Summary, Discrete Trial Data, Overview of Programs, Performance Evaluation, Program Description and Tracking Forms.