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Methods for Working with Children on the Autistic Spectrum


From Ritual To Repertoire: A cognitive-developmental systems approach for working with behavior-disordered children
Arnold Miller and Eileen Eller Miller, Visit

Building on the cognitive-developmental work of Heinz Werner, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky and Ludwig von Bertalanffy the Millers’ have formed groundbreaking interpretations of how children on the autism spectrum perceive their world. Based on the belief that no matter how disordered appearing, children with autism are actually struggling to make sense of a confusing environment. Ritual is chock full of intrinsically rewarding interventions design to give structure to the child’s life and encourages generalization. Most of the techniques described can be implemented using materials found in a typical home or school.

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Incredible 5-Point Scale (The)– Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses
by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis

In this must-have resource, “two teachers from Minnesota” share their successful use of the simple concept of 5-point scales to help students understand and control their emotional reactions to everyday events that might otherwise set in emotion escalating reactions. Whether it is inappropriate touching, obsessions, yelling, hitting or making hurtful statements to classmates, this clearly illustrated book shows how to break down a given behavior and, with the student’s active participation, develop a unique scale that identifies the problem and, just as important, suggests alternative, positive behaviors at each level of the scale.


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Music Therapy: Another Path to Learning and Communication for Children in the Autism Spectrum
by Betsey King Brunk

Music is an effective way to communication and learning for children with autism for two major reasons: It can create a consistent, stable and predictable environment and therefore bring comfort in unfamiliar or stressful settings. And at the same time, music can be infinitely flexible, changing from moment to moment, reflecting the child's behavior and emotions. This practical resource is organized around nine therapeutic characteristics that can be used to facilitate learning and communication. Each chapter contains background information as well as sample strategies. Separate chapters include hints for how to choose music therapy services as well as lists of equipment and resources.

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Positive Behavioral Support: Including People with Difficult Behavior in the Community
by Lynn Kern Koegel, Robert L. Koegel and Glen Dunlap

Which stategies and approaches make inclusion possible for individuals who engage in challenging and self-injurous behavior? This person- and family-centered book helps answer this question through five compelling case studies, research-based strategies, and thoughtful discussion pieces written by leaders in behavioral intervention.

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Power Cards: Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth With Asperger Syndrome and Autism

Elisa Gagnon

This step-by-step book shows parents and educators how to help change an unwanted or inappropriate behavior by capitalizing on the visual strength and special interests that characterize youth with Asperger Syndrome.

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Relationship Development Intervention with Children, Adolescents and Adults—Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD
by Steven E. Gutstein and Rachelle K. Sheely

Remove our emotional bonds with family, colleagues and friends and few of us would want to go on living. Yet establishing and maintaining such bonds is particularly difficult for people on the autism spectrum. This volume contains over 150 enjoyable and stimulating activities and exercises ranging over the entire gamut of social and emotional development, and is applicable to anyone, regardless of diagnosis, but will be particularly valuable for those on the autism spectrum. Activities can be undertaken independently, or with a teacher or therapist, and a full schema for the evaluation or progress and objective is included. A companion website provides a wealth of further information and support.

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Relationship Development Intervention with Young Children—Social and Emotional Development Activities for Asperger Syndrome, Autism, PDD and NLD
by Steven E. Gutstein and Rachelle K. Sheely

Friendship, even for the most able, requires hard work, and the odds are heavily stacked against those with autism spectrum conditions. Design for younger children, typically between the ages of two and eight, this comprehensive set of enjoyable activities emphasizes foundation shills such as social referencing, regulating behavior, conversational reciprocity and synchronized actions. The authors include many objectives to plan and evaluate a child's progress, each one related to a specific exercise. Suitable for parental use, the manual is also designed for easy implementation in schools and in therapeutic settings. A comprehensive website, free to purchasers, acts as companion to the book.

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Social Skills Training for Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and Social-Communication Problems
by Jed E. Baker

Finally a social skills program that covers all the bases!
Whether it's learning how long one can look at somebody; how to shift topics, despite one's desire to stick with that all-consuming special interest; how to say no to peer pressure; or dealing with sensitive topic - it's all here … and more. In this comprehensive and user-friendly book, the author translates years of experience working with students with Asperger Syndrome and social-communication difficulties. After brief introductory chapters on skills to target, instructional strategies, behavior management, promoting generalization, etc., as well as a special chapter by Brenda Smith Myles on relevant characteristics of autism spectrum disorders, the reader is presented with the essence of this must-have resource: 70 of the skills that most commonly cause difficulty for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and social-communication problems. The presentation of each skill consists of a reproducible skill handout, as well as activity sheets listing ways teachers and parents can demonstrate, practice, and reinforce the skill in the classroom and at home. A concluding chapter on promoting peer acceptance offers sensitivity training programs for both students of various age groups and school staff, making this a complete social skills training package for students of all ages.

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Taking the Mystery Out of Medications in Autism/Asperger Syndromes

by Luke Tsai: Foreword by Gary Mesibov

This long overdue book explores the role of medication. It is written to empower the reader with the knowledge of the standard medication treatment of ASD and related disorders. It is the result of more than 20 years of clinical experience working with, and learning from, more than one thousand individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their caregivers. Many medical and scientific theories and practices will become much clearer as the reader progresses through his logically developed and clearly presented resource.

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