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A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism

A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism

by Beth Fouse, Maria Wheeler


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781885477361
Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
Publication date: 01/28/1997
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 8.56(w) x 10.92(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Beth Fouse, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Services, School of Education and Psychology, at The University of Texas at Tyler. She has over twenty years experience in the public schools as a classroom teacher and administrator. Beth currently teaches courses in gifted education and special education in various disability areas including autism, communication disorders and behavioral disorders. She is a certified instructor in Nonviolent Crises Intervention and has been certified by Dr. Guy Berard as an auditory integration practitioner. Beth works one day per week with a special education cooperative providing family training, school/home liaison services, classroom consultation for teachers of students with autism and other behavioral disorders. She also provides in-service training for other school districts and educational agencies in the northeast Texas area.

Maria Wheeler, M.Ed., has spent more than twenty years of her professional life in the fields of Psychology and Special Education, with an emphasis on Neurobehavioral Disorders, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Specific Learning Disabilities. She has held positions in Florida and Texas as a special education classroom teacher, behavior specialist, and director of behavioral services for residential treatment centers serving adults and children with neurobehavioral disorders and developmental disabilities. She currently holds Texas teacher certificates/endorsements in Serious Emotional Disturbance and Autism, Special Education, and Psychology. Maria works as a private consultant serving various school districts, educational agencies, and families throughout Texas.

Table of Contents

I. Impact of Autism Characteristics
A. Critical Characteristics Impacting Behavior
B. Impact on Home Environment
C. Impact on School Environment
II. What Does Communication Have to do With Behavior?
A. Communication Characteristics
B. Suggestions for Addressing Behavior Through Effective Communication Programs
C. Alternative Communication
D. Assistive Technology and Communication
E. Sign Language
F. Facilitated Communication
III. Sensory Issues and Behavior
A. Alertness
B. Hypersensitivities
C. Hyposensitivities
D. Dysfunctions in Specific Sensory Systems
E. Interventions for Sensory Issues
IV. Physiological Needs That May Impact Behavior
A. Medical
B. Medication Issues
C. Diets and Allergies
D. Vitamin Therapy
V. Social Skills and Social/Emotional Issues
A. Characteristics
B. Social Skills Training
C. Social Stories
D. Social Review
E. Comic Strip Conversations
F. Books
G. Peer Assisted Interventions
VI. Structuring the Environment for Success
A. Physical Environment
B. Routines and Rituals
C. Visual Cues
D. Schedules
E. Include a Sensory Diet
VII. Increasing Desired Behaviors
A. Functional Analysis
B. Antecedent Control
C. Self-regulation
D. Guidelines for Setting Up and Using a “Safe" Area
E. Using Consequences to Change Behaviors
F. Reinforcement
1. Reinforcer Assessments
2. Positive Reinforcement
3. Sensory Reinforcers
4. Social Reinforcers
5. Activity Reinforcers
6. Tangible Reinforcers
7. Token Systems
8. Negative Reinforcement
G. Developing New Behaviors
1. Task Analysis and Chaining
2. Backward Chaining
3. Successive Approximation
H. Compliance Training
1. Effective Cues
2. Three-step Prompting
3. Speak and Spin
4. Lovaas and Other Compliance Training Programs
VIII. Decreasing Unwanted Behaviors
A. Punishment Versus Negative Consequences
B. Ignoring Misbehavior
C. Differential Reinforcement
D. Behavioral Momentum
E. Time-Out
2. Contingent Observation
3. Isolated Time-Out
4. Exclusionary Time-Out
5. Delayed Time Loss
F. Response Cost
IX. Crisis Management and Other Special Problems
A. Early Warning Signs
B. Managing Meltdowns or Catastrophic Reactions
C. Aggression
1. Verbal Aggression
2. Physical Aggression
3. Self-injurious Behavior
D. Temper Tantrums
E. Self-stimulatory Behaviors
F. Running Away
G. Dramatic Exits
H. Safety Issues
I. Pica
J. Climbing
K. Other Special Problems
1. Feeding Issues
2. Stripping and Disrobing
3. Masturbation
4. Toilet Training
5. Sleep Problems
6. Obsessions and Compulsions
7. Fixations
X. Discipline Procedures and Behavior Intervention Plans
A. 1997 Amendments to IDEA
B. Behavior Intervention Plans
C. Common Mistakes Made by School Districts
D. Level Systems
XI. Putting It All Together
A. Observations
B. Behavior Descriptions
C. Measuring Progress
D. Reporting Information
E. Program Changes
F. Generalization Training
G. Fading Intervention
XII. Stress Management
XIII. Final Gems
A. Behavior Intervention Plans
B. Data Collection Forms
C. Resources

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“At long last! A book on behavior strategies that was comprehensive, easy to understand and easy to use. Thank you Beth and Maria!"
Special Education Teacher

“I’ve already tried some of your behavior strategies—and they worked! Thanks for such a useful book."
Parent of a child with PDD

“Loved the Case Examples—they really helped me understand the intervention strategies. Now I can help my students more effectively."
Special Education Teacher

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A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book and recommend that everybody involved with children with Autsim to do so. It is real treasure. I am trying to contac the publisher to translate it to expand such benfit to the arab world.