A Work in Progress

A Work in Progress

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A comprehensive guide for any parent or professional working with autistic children, A Work In Progress is an absolute must-have. 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, entitled Behavioral Strategies For Teaching Improving Behavior of Autistic Children, 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... Read More »

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A comprehensive guide for any parent or professional working with autistic children, A Work In Progress is an absolute must-have. 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, entitled Behavioral Strategies For Teaching Improving Behavior of Autistic Children, 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; as well as play and social skills. The second part of the book is a detailed curriculum titled Autism Partnership Curriculum for Discrete Trial Teaching with Autistic Children. This is a complete curriculum that provides actual lessons with step-by-step instructions as well as creative ideas on how to make learning a natural progression. The curriculum covers the following areas: block imitation; motor skills; play; receptive labels; expressive labeling; emotions; functions; categories; prepositions; same vs. different; verb tenses; sequencing; peer interaction; cause and effect; along with many others. 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. These charts and lists are invaluable tools for keeping accurate data. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who is facilitating a childs development and is looking to help him or her achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible.

John McEachin, Ed. & Ron Leaf, Ed. Soft Cover, 344 pages plus appendices, edited by John McEachin, M.Ed. and Ron Leaf M.Ed.

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