Autism and Developmental Disabilities: Current Practices and Issues

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Overview

In this book, we examine current practices and issues related to assessing, instructing, and lifelong planning for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Currently, schools systems, mental health facilities, and society are being challenged in a variety of ways to deal effectively with the growing number of children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities. To some extent, this challenge is due to the inclusive philosophy of educating, training, and treating individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. This book provides regular and special educators, mental health professionals, clinicians, and parents with information on best practices and research based findings related to: identification, characteristics, diagnosis; special, general, early and postsecondary education; and quality of life concerns. The book chapters are topical, comprehensive, and diverse. For example, there are chapters on assessment which examine the emerging field of infant mental health, testing protocols, barriers to diagnosing diverse students, and recent developments in the diagnosing and assessment of autism spectrum disorders such as genetic testing, home movies, and robots. Also, there are a number of chapters on instructional aspects that delineate curriculum innovations, procedures to implement social skills, the use of assistive technology, and planning for postsecondary education. Lastly, there are chapters on lifelong planning that provide readers with unique content on self-determination, the challenges of meeting social competence, sibling aspects, and employment and retirement considerations. Finally, there is a case study and a chapter on thereflections of an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) that provide the reader with insightful commentary on the thinking and emotional experiences of persons with ASD.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848553569
  • Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Pages: 285
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List Of Contributors vii

Preface ix

The Challenge Of Social Competence For Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) Sandra Burkhardt 1

Curriculum Innovation To Educate Students With Autism In General Education Gathogo M. Mukuria Festus E. Obiakor 25

Implementing Social Skills For Students With Autism Michael Eskay Keith Willis 41

Assessment Of Autism Spectrum Disorders Marty Sapp 59

Recent Developments In The Diagnosis And Assessment Of Autism Spectrum Disorders Julie A. Deisinger 85

Asperger Syndrome In The African American Community: Barriers To Diagnosis Frederika C. Theus 109

Issues Pertaining To Siblings Of Individuals With Autism Spectrum Disorders Julie A. Deisinger 135

Reflections On The School Experiences of A Student With Autism Spectrum Disorders John Markley 157

Infant Mental Health: An Emerging Field For Children With Developmental Disabilities Casey A. Holtz Robert A. Fox 163

Self-Determination And Persons With Developmental Disabilities Jeffrey P. Bakken Howard P. Parette 221

Post-Secondary Planning For Students With Developmental Disabilities Sunday O. Obi Stephanie L. Obi 235

Employment And Retirement Concerns For Persons With Developmental Disabilities Amanda Dykema-Engblade Sarah Stawiski 253

Using Assistive Technology To Educate Students With Developmental Disabilities And Autism Zandile P. Nkabinde 273

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