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Coauthors Chedd (education consultant & licensed mental health counselor) and Levine (psychology, Harvard Medical Sch.) provide caretakers and therapists with a comprehensive, evidence-based evaluative tool to identify, assess, implement, and revisit the effectiveness of therapy practice for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). They outline a seven-step system that may be implemented regardless of which type of therapy (applied behavior analysis [ABA], PlayTime, etc.) is currently being used and in situations in which multiple treatments are taking place. They also address a method for determining the specific aspects of treatment protocols affecting change in behavior. Different from texts such as Lesson Plan à La Carte: Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs by Valerie Paradiz and others, this work is not specific to an educational setting and may be implemented at home and school and in other environments. In addition to explaining the methodology behind the practice, Chedd and Levine support their practicum with examples of implementation and case studies.
Verdict An essential book for treatment providers of all therapeutic backgrounds, laid out in an extremely digestible manner and supported with practical examples. Highly recommended for all libraries.—Victoria Frerichs, Prescot, UK
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