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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael S. Goldsby, PhD, CCRP (Family Psychiatry of The Woodlands)
Description: In this timely book, experts in autism research and practice advance and broaden the discussion of specific treatment modalities for autism spectrum disorders to include generalization of learned skills. The book describes ways in which generalization can be incorporated into current methods of learning for children with these disorders.
Purpose: One purpose is to offer specific intervention strategies for treating autistic children that result in successful generalization of skills across diverse settings. According to the author, simple mastery of a learned skill for an autistic child seldom results in acquisition of a generalized life skill that is used spontaneously in natural environments. In order to address this concern, a second but equally important purpose of this book is to introduce new and creative teaching strategies to help autistic children generalize learned social behaviors and communication skills across novel situations.
Audience: Therapists, parents and other primary caregivers, teachers, and graduate students in psychology and social sciences will find this book extremely helpful for learning new treatment strategies that include generalization techniques for treating autistic children.
Features: This book features practical ways in which to incorporate generalization strategies into well-established interventions for children with autistic spectrum disorders. Some of the familiar strategies that work well with generalization techniques are pivotal response training, discrete trial instruction, picture exchange communication system, social stories, Teachtown computer-assisted programs, and Jumpstart learning-to-learn. Example forms and checklists, as well as pertinent case studies, help readers better understand and implement these strategies in existing treatment modalities.
Assessment: This comprehensive and timely book should be required reading for anyone involved in treating and/or teaching autistic children. This unique book is unmatched in the current literature and is poised to be the most useful addition to the field of autistic study to date. Generalization of skills is the focal point in the successful intervention for children with autistic spectrum disorder, and this is an essential guidebook for generalization teaching strategies that work. I highly recommend it for its in-depth content from authoritative voices in the field, as well as innovative and contemporary treatment strategies and proven results for successful generalization of skills. The focus on generalization has raised awareness and created a new paradigm for intervention strategies for children with autistic spectrum disorders.