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, Autism Partnership Curriculum for Discrete Trial Teaching with Autistic Children, that provides actual lessons with step-by-step instructions as well as creative ideas on how to make learning a natural progression and 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 informative, creative curriculum is recommended for anyone in the field with an interest in ABA, as well as parents in need of such guidance.
389 pages. 1999