Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Translating Science into Practice

Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders: Translating Science into Practice

by Sam Goldstein, Jack A. Naglieri
     
 

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Children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders at a staggering rate—as many as one in 110, according to some studies. To this sobering statistic add the familiar figures of the toddler disengaged from his peers, the middle schooler shunned in the lunchroom, and the adult struggling with social cues on the job, and professionals are faced with a

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Children are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders at a staggering rate—as many as one in 110, according to some studies. To this sobering statistic add the familiar figures of the toddler disengaged from his peers, the middle schooler shunned in the lunchroom, and the adult struggling with social cues on the job, and professionals are faced with a mounting challenge: to assist and support young people with these disorders to ensure their successful transition to adolescence and adulthood.

The first volume dedicated solely to its topic, Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders provides a comprehensive overview of programs currently in use. Contributors explore programs focusing on long-term outcomes, home- and classroom-based strategies, resilience training for parents, and pharmacological management of symptoms. Background chapters review issues in reliability and validity of interventions and evaluating treatment effectiveness. And an especially cogent chapter discusses the centrality of treatment integrity to best practice. Comprehensive programs and targeted interventions covered include:



• The Early Start Denver Model for young children.
• The TEACCH program for children, adults, and families.
• The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and CARD eLearning.
• PROGress: a program for remediating and expanding social skills.
• Evidence-based strategies for repetitive behaviors and sensory issues.
• Self-regulation strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders.

Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders is an essential resource for researchers, professionals/practitioners, and clinicians in a wide array of fields, including clinical child, school, and developmental psychology; child and adolescent psychiatry; education; rehabilitation medicine/therapy; social work; and pediatrics.

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Reviewer: Sundeep S. Randhawa, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book, the first of its kind to my knowledge, presents the current understanding of the evaluation, treatment, and diagnosis of patients with autism spectrum disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive reference on these disorders. With the change of criteria and diagnosis in the DSM-5, this book offers strategies to better go about treating these patients using a global approach.
Audience: The audience includes clinicians, psychologists, and therapists working with this patient population. The amount of detail and information is most appropriate for experienced mental health providers.
Features: The book is divided into three key sections: Foundation, Comprehensive and Related Programs, and Strategic Interventions. The first section does a great job delving into the fundamentals of the diagnosis with a breakdown of the criteria, enabling readers to better understand the multidisciplinary approach and the evaluation of treatment effectiveness. The best part, however, is the third section, which describes interventions. The interventions are broken down into specific areas of concern when dealing with these patients, such as peer and adult socialization, social emotional reciprocity, supporting social communication skills, etc.
Assessment: This is a great addition to the field of mental health. I will be using this as a reference and a teaching tool for years to come. I highly recommend this to anyone in the field of mental health.
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“This book, the first of its kind to my knowledge, presents the current understanding of the evaluation, treatment, and diagnosis of patients with autism spectrum disorders. ... The audience includes clinicians, psychologists, and therapists working with this patient population. … I highly recommend this to anyone in the field of mental health.” (Sundeep S. Randhawa, Doody’s Book Reviews, March, 2015)

“This overview of psychological interventions currently available for management of children with autism spectrum disorders provides brief information about various programs that include applied behavior analysis along with the current evidence for these models while acknowledging the need for future research. … a useful resource for parents or caregivers of children with autism. … As a compilation of currently practiced models for autism spectrum disorder management, this book is valuable as a reference.” (Seleena M. Shrestha, Doody’s Book Reviews, August, 2013)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461453000
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Edition description:
2013
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Meet the Author

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., is a doctoral level psychologist with areas of study in school psychology, child development, and neuropsychology. He is licensed as a psychologist and certified as a developmental disabilities evaluator in the State of Utah. Dr. Goldstein is a Fellow in the National Academy of Neuropsychology and American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Dr. Goldstein is an Assistant Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. Since 1980, Dr. Goldstein has worked in a private practice setting as the Director of a multidisciplinary team, providing evaluation, case management, and treatment services for children and adults with histories of neurological disease and trauma, learning disability, adjustment difficulties, and attention deficit disorder. Dr. Goldstein is on staff at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. He has served as a member of the Children’s Hospital Craniofacial Team. He has also been a member of the Developmental Disabilities Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah Medical School.

Dr. Goldstein has authored, co-authored or edited 38 clinical and trade publications, including 17 text books dealing with managing children's behavior in the classroom, genetics, attention disorder and adult learning disabilities. With Barbara Ingersoll, Ph.D., he has co-authored texts dealing with controversial treatments for children’s learning and attention problems and childhood depression. With Anne Teeter Ellison, he has authored Clinician’s Guide to Adult ADHD: Assessment and Intervention. With Nancy Mather, Ph.D., he has completed 3 texts for teachers and parents concerning behavioral and educational issues. With Michael Goldstein, M.D., he has completed two texts on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He has edited 3 texts with Cecil Reynolds, Ph.D., on neurodevelopmental and genetic disorders in children. With Robert Brooks, Ph.D., he has authored 11 texts including, Handbook of Resilience in Children, Understanding and Managing Children’s Classroom Behavior – 2nd Edition, Raising Resilient Children, Nurturing Resilience in Our Children, Seven Steps to Help Children Worry Less, Seven Steps to Anger Management, The Power of Resilience, Raising a Self-Disciplined Child and Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. With Jack Naglieri and Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D., he has authored a number of texts on autism, assessment ofIntelligence and Executive Functioning.He has co-authored a parent training program and is currently completing a number of additional texts on resilience, ADHD and genetics. Dr. Goldstein is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders and serves on 7 Editorial Boards.He is also the Co-Editor of the Encyclopedia of Child Development and Behavior.

With Jack Naglieri, Ph.D., Dr. Goldstein is the co-author of the Autism Spectrum Rating Scales, Comprehensive Executive Functioning Inventory, Rating Scales of Impairment and the Cognitive Assessment System – 2nd Edition.

Dr. Goldstein, a knowledgeable and entertaining speaker, has lectured extensively on a national and international basis to thousands of professionals and parents concerning attention disorders in children, resilience, depression, adjustment and developmental impairments, autism, and assessment of brain dysfunction.

Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D., is a Research Professor at the University of Virginia, Senior Research Scientist at the Devereux Center for Resilient Children, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology at George Mason University. He is a Fellow of APA Divisions 15 and 16 and recipient of APA Division 16 Senior Scientist Award (2001). He earned degrees in school psychology from St. John's University (1975) and worked as a school psychologist in Bethpage, New York from 1975 to 1977. He obtained his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia in 1979, taught school psychology at Northern Arizona University (1979-1982), The Ohio State University (1982 to 2000), and George Mason University (2000-2010). Dr. Naglieri's main interest is in the development of psychological and educational tests and the implications these approaches have for diagnosis and academic or emotional interventions.

The author of more than 250 scholarly papers, chapters, books, and tests, he has concentrated his efforts on psychological theory and measurement. His areas of research includes fair assessment, cross-cultural issues, cognitive interventions, learning disabilities, ADHD, mental retardation, gifted, and factors related to resilience. He has published several books including Assessment of Cognitive Processes: The PASS Theory of Intelligence (1974), Essentials of CAS Assessment (1999), Helping Children Learn: Intervention Handouts for Use in School and at Home (2003), Helping Gifted Children Learn (Naglieri, Brulles & Lansdowne, 2008), Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (Goldstein, Naglieri, & Ozonoff, 2008) and Essentials of WNV Assessment (Brunnert, Naglieri, & Hardy-Braz, 208). He is also the author of the Wechsler Nonverbal Scale of Ability (2006), Cognitive Assessment System (1997, 2013), the CAS Rapid Score (2002), the General Ability Measure for Adults (1997), Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Tests (1997; 2003; 2008), Devereux Early Childhood Assessments (1997; 2003), Devereux Elementary Student Strength Assessment (DESSA; 2011), DESSA-mini (2011), Devereux Scales of Mental Disorders (1994), Devereux Behavior Rating Scales School Form (1994), Draw A Person: Screening Procedure for Emotional Disturbance (1990), Draw A Person: Quantitative Scoring System (1988), and Matrix Analogies Tests (Naglieri, 1985).

In summary, Dr. Naglieri has an extensive research program that includes scholarly research, books, and psychological tests with an emphasis on uniting sound theory with scientific practice.

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