Triumphs in Early Autism Treatment

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Both parents and professionals who work with young children with autism should read this book. —Temple Grandin, author, Thinking in Pictures (From the Foreword)

To Miss Molly, before you started with an ABA program, we couldn't sing to you , we couldn't talk too loud, or even play music. Now you are in the drama club, dance classes, and on stage singing at the school talent show!!! I'm so proud of you. —Mother of Molly Martin, featured in Chapter 4

Triumphs in Early Autism Treatment offers a wealth of insight and hope to both parents and clinicians. This book documents the latest research that shows that children who receive Applied Behavioral Analysis treatment consistently progress in skill development.

This groundbreaking treatment has allowed numerous children to reach the best outcome status, a level of normal intellectual and educational functioning. In essence, they become indistinguishable from their peers in everyday life. A must-read for parents and clinicians, this book is the first to document best outcome case studies using exclusively ABA treatment.

Key Features:

• First-hand accounts of the intellectual and behavioral progress of seven autistic children, written in a narrative style by the ABA professionals who conducted the consultations
• Contributors include Audrey Gifford, who is both a professional Behavioral Analyst and a parent of an autistic child who received ABA treatment
• Overview of autism research prior to ABA and an introduction to the development of the method
• Analysis of ABA treatment demonstrating why ABA is the most effective of all treatment methods

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826159953
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/17/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ennio Cipani, PhD, a graduate of Florida State University, is a licensed psychologist and a full professor in the Department of Special Education at National University- Fresno. He has published numerous articles, chapters, books, and instructional material (including software) in the areas of child behavior management in homes and schools. Among his latest books are Classroom Management for All Teachers: Evidence-Based Practice, 3rd edition (Prentice Hall, 2007), and Punishment on Trial (Context Press, 2004). He has given many workshops at state and national conventions, as well as continuing education courses for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and others, focusing on the effective management of problem child behavior. Dr. Cipani has been doing in-home behavioral consultation for families with problem behaviors since 1982. He has dealt with many families and a variety of behavior problems, conducting assessment and intervention activities in homes and classrooms.

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Table of Contents

Sect. I Seven "Best-Outcome" Cases 1

1 Diamond in the Rough Audrey Gifford Gifford, Audrey 3

2 Maggie Mae Audrey Gifford Gifford, Audrey 41

3 Hey, Look, It's a Train! Rebecca P. F. MacDonald MacDonald, Rebecca P. F. 55

4 Good Golly Miss Molly! Audrey Gifford Gifford, Audrey 71

5 The Case of Nicholas B. Glen O. Sallows Sallows, Glen O. Tamlynn D. Graupner Graupner, Tamlynn D. 89

6 A Parent's Story: Jake and Nick Justin Leaf Leaf, Justin Ronald Leaf Leaf, Ronald Jamison Dayharsh Leaf Leaf, Jamison Dayharsh 113

Sect. II A Historical View of ABA Advances in the Treatment of Autism 139

7 Autism: The Early Years Ennio Cipani Cipani, Ennio 141

8 A Study in Perseverance: The Emergence of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention Tristram Smith Smith, Tristram Daniel W. Mruzek Mruzek, Daniel W. Robert T. Peyton Peyton, Robert T. 151

Appendix A Why Is Joint Attention Important? 171

Appendix B Summary of Joint Attention Curriculum Sequence 173

Appendix C Why Artie Can't Learn! 175

Appendix D What Do We Know About Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention? Robert T. Peyton Peyton, Robert T. Daniel W. Mruzek Mruzek, Daniel W. Tristram Smith Smith, Tristram 185

References 201

Index 205

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