Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders / Edition 1

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Promoting better social skills and behavior is a top priority for anyone who works with learners with autism—but which practices really improve outcomes? Find out in this cutting-edge volume, a reader-friendly synthesis of the latest findings from more than 20 of today's top researchers in the field.

Coordinated by the highly respected Organization for Autism Research, this accessible book is an ideal text for future professionals and essential reading for administrators and consultants in educational settings. Readers will explore current evidence, best-practice recommendations, and future research directions for

  • assessing social skills with evidence-based methods and tools
  • conducting interventions that really make a difference
  • promoting friendships and peer acceptance
  • increasing joint attention
  • implementing schoolwide positive behavior support
  • improving outcomes with Pivotal Response Treatment
  • strengthening children's self-help skills
  • providing effective support for families of children with autism
  • using appropriate pharmacologic interventions to manage symptoms associated with ASD
Readers will also get first-hand insights from individuals on the autism spectrum and their family members and service providers, who provide balanced perspectives on today's research trends and practices. A cornerstone resource for current and future professionals working with learners of all ages, this book will help readers understand what really advances the social skills and behavior of students with autism—so they can use effective practices to improve the lives of children and families.

With contributions from

  • Shahla Ala'i-Rosales
  • Stephen R. Anderson
  • Joanne Gerenser
  • Connie Kasari
  • Kathleen Koenig
  • Suzanne Letso
  • Erik Mayville
  • Daniel Openden
  • Roy Sanders
  • Ilene Schwartz
  • Mary Jane Weiss
  • Thomas L. Zane
  • and more
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Editorial Reviews

Debra Leach

"Finally, a comprehensive literature review related to the social development of individuals with ASD. I wish I had this book on my shelf when I began my doctoral work."
Clinical Director, Koegel Autism Center; Director, Eli and Edythe L. Broad Center for Asperger Research, University of C - Lynn Koegel
"Addresses the huge issues relating to social areas . . . The authors include challenges, controversies, weaknesses, and future directions. A quite interesting and thought-provoking read."
Vice President, Director of the Vocational & Life Skills Academy, Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Phoenix - Christina Whalen
"Addresses practical and important issues that most books on social skills don't address . . . an excellent choice for graduate students, special educators, service providers, or parents. I strongly recommend this one."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598570601
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/21/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 451,230
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

In addition to his position at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities), Dr. Crimmins is a faculty member of the School of Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry, both at the New York Medical College. In 2002–2003, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in Washington, D.C., where he worked in the office of Senator James M. Jeffords on health and education policy. Dr. Crimmins has a career interest in child development and disability with a particular interest in those issues that reflect the intersection of research, practice, and policy. He is coauthor of The Motivation Assessment Scale (Monaco & Associates, 1992) with V. Mark Durand and the Autism Program Quality Indicators (New York State Education Department, 2001) with V. Mark Durand, Karin Theurer-Kaufman, and Jessica Everett.

Peter Gerhardt, E.D., is the director of education at the Upper School of the McCarton School and the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). He has more than 30 years of experience using the principles of applied behavior analysis in supporting adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. Dr. Gerhardt is the author or the coauthor of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASDs and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. He serves on the editorial board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Education.

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Table of Contents

About the Editors ix

About the Contributors xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xix

I Current Research and Recommendations on Social Skills and Adaptive Behavior 1

1 Social and Adaptive Behavior in the Context of Family Life Suzanne Letso 3

2 The Assessment of Social Skills Erik A. Mayville 17

3 Behavior Analytic Interventions for Developing Social Skills in Individuals with Autism Mary Jane Weiss 33

4 Interpreting the Efficacy Research on Group-Delivered Social Skills Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Kathleen Koenig 53

5 The Junction of Joint Attention and Communicative or Social Competence Joanne Gerenser 69

6 Building Social Skills and Social Relationships in School Settings: The Role of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Ilene S. Schwartz Pei-Yu Chen 83

7 Pivotal Response Treatment and the Development of Social Competence Daniel Openden 109

8 The Development of Self-Help Skills in Children with Autism Stephen R. Anderson 133

9 Adaptive Behavior in Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Ongoing Research and Future Implications Peter F. Gerhardt Jessica Zawacki Gloria Satriale 159

10 Peer Acceptance, Social Engagement, and Friendship: Critical Social Goals for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Connie Kasari Fill Locke Eric Ishijima Mark Kretzmann 171

11 Impact of Psychopharmacology on Adaptive and Social Responding in Learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders Roy Sanders 185

12 Pseudoscience in Social Skills Research and Interventions Thomas Zane 195

13 Bringing Social Competence Interventions to Scale in Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Next Challenge Daniel Crimmins Ginny Van Rie John Lutzker 211

II Perspectives from Individuals on the Autism Spectrum, Family Members, and Service Providers 219

Adults on the Autism Spectrum Mentoring Children on the Spectrum Linda Styles 221

It's All a Sham Walt Guthrie 225

To Fit or Not to Fit Patricia Lanaspa 229

The Middle School Dance: A Mother's Answer Stacey Ramirez 231

"Refl-Ex-ions" on OAR 2008 Rosa I. Arriaga 235

An Open Response to Dan Crimmins and Peter Gerhardt, et al.: A Response to the Organization for Autism Research and the Applied Research Convocation Bob Monis 239

III Afterword 285

Reflections on the Convocation Daniel Crimmins Shahla Ala'i-Rosales Peter F. Gerhardt 287

Index 297

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