Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism: A Manual for Parents

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This manual helps parents master proven techniques for teaching social-communication skills to young children with autism. The authors clearly describe the skills-building techniques and show how to integrate them into everyday family routines and activities. Designed for use as part of a therapist-guided program, the manual includes reproducible forms. Professionals who want to implement this approach should purchase the authors’ two book/DVD package (ISBN 978-1-60623-442-6), which includes this manual.

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"During my 33 years as a speech-language pathologist, I have utilized many different programs and techniques and have provided training to staff and parents. This program is more functional and usable than any other parent training approach I am familiar with! Both the practitioner guide and the parent manual are clear and concise, and offer excellent information and strategies. Parent training and coaching is absolutely a way to increase intervention hours because the parents are the intervention agents. Feedback from parents has been excellent, especially for developing appropriate goals for routines at home, helping with behaviors, and reducing overall stress. The video clips do a great job of demonstrating the different strategies."--Debbie Sullivan, MA, CCC-SLP, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Program, Northwest Regional Education Service District, OR

"Ingersoll and Dvortcsak translate the latest scientific knowledge into practical strategies for helping parents enhance their children's social engagement, language, imitation, and play skills during everyday routines."--Wendy Stone, PhD, Director, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University

"The parent manual is exceedingly clear and user friendly. I have used this program in my own clinical research with tremendous success; I am glad it will now be widely available."--Laura Schreibman, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director, Autism Intervention Research Program, University of California, San Diego

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606234402
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/8/2010
  • Pages: 131
  • Sales rank: 581,074
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brooke Ingersoll, PhD, is a psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst with a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, during which time she served as codirector of the Autism Treatment and Research Program at the Hearing and Speech Institute (now known as the Artz Center) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Ingersoll is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University, East Lansing. She has conducted training for practitioners on early intervention strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders both nationally and internationally. Dr. Ingersoll has published extensively on early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders and presented her work at professional conferences. 

Anna Dvortcsak, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. She received her master’s degree from the University of Redlands, California. Mrs. Dvortcsak provides training to families with children with autism and individualized speech and language services. She specializes in training professionals in conducting parent training for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Prior to starting her own practice, Mrs. Dvortcsak was codirector of the Autism Treatment and Research Program at the Hearing and Speech Institute (now known as the Artz Center) in Portland. She has experience conducting research on the efficacy of interventions for children with autism and has presented her findings at the annual conventions of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Oregon Speech and Hearing Association, as well as in peer-reviewed articles and chapters. 

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Table of Contents

About This Manual

I. Introduction

1. Overview of the Program

2. Set Up Your Home for Success

II. Interactive Teaching Techniques

3. Follow Your Child’s Lead

4. Imitate Your Child

5. Animation

6. Modeling and Expanding Language

7. Playful Obstruction

8. Balanced Turns

9. Communicative Temptations

10. Review of the Interactive Teaching Techniques

III. Direct Teaching Techniques

11. Overview of the Direct Teaching Techniques

12. Teaching Your Child Expressive Language

13. Teaching Your Child Receptive Language

14. Teaching Your Child Social Imitation

15. Teaching Your Child Play

16. Review of the Direct Teaching Techniques

IV. Putting It All Together and Moving Forward

17. Putting It All Together

18. Moving Forward (Final Session)

Further Reading

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