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Rhea Paul and Donia Fahim

Let's Talk

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Catalog No. 29298

Communication is often a parent's number-one concern when a young child is diagnosed with autism.

With so many interventions available, how can families be sure they're choosing the best option for their child? This accessible, straightforward book gives you the practical knowledge that you need to evaluate communication therapies and treatments--and make sound decisions rooted in evidence-based practice. A practical resource from trusted experts on autism and communication, this book covers everything from autism fundamentals to the specifics of developing an individualized treatment plan for children birth to five. With the research-based knowledge and real-world guidance in these pages, you will be a well-informed advocate ready to provide the best support for your child on the spectrum.

This book helps you:

... arm yourselves with essential knowledge about autism and how it's diagnosed

... the range of social communication behaviors you might see in your child

... learn the how and why of developmental assessments

... evidence-based treatments and interventions that address your child's specific communication needs

... support your child's development of key skills, such as motor imitation, joint attention, play, and spontaneous communication

... make the most of available educational services, including IEPs and IFSPs

... partner effectively with SLPs, OTs, special educators, and paraprofessionals

... navigate the complex emotions associated with a child's autism diagnosis

Includes: A sample Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) Form, a Setting Events-Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence Chart (SABC), helpful glossaries of educational terms and evidence-based practice terms, sample Individualized Family Service Plan (IFS)

"It is impossible not to feel a sense of wellbeing and optimism after reading this book. The authors really 'get' the anxiety and hopelessness parents often feel, and do a lot to allay their fears with hard facts and useful advice." Susan Kapoor, mother of two young boys on the spectrum, homemaker and (to my sons) dragon slayer

"Uniquely promotes integration of Applied Behavior Analysis and SLP strategies in supporting communication by students with autism ‰Û_ The authors deserve high marks for effectively translating their speech-language research expertise into accessible language applicable to families' daily lives." Travis Thompson, University of Minnesota

Rhea Paul, PhD, received her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1971, her master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1975, and her doctorate in communication disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981. Dr. Paul has published more than 90 journal articles, 40 book chapters, and 8 books. Her research on language development in toddlers with delayed language acquisition was funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Donia Fahim, PhD, MRCSLT, is Senior Consultant for the ASD Nest Project at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human at New York University, and adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College, where she was Program Coordinator for the Early Childhood Special Education Program from 2008 to 2013. She is also the co-founder and executive director of Autism Friendly Spaces, Inc. and developer of the first dual language ASD public school program in New York City. She obtained her B.Sc., M.A and PhD from the University of London.

240 pages. 2016


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