When children's communication skills lag, all areas of learning and socialization are affected. Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism describes how an ABA approach can help children age 2-10 who have significant communication problemsdifficulty making requests, perseverative speech, a lack of fluency in conversational exchanges, trouble reading others' signals, and morelearn to understand and use speech and language.
Enriched by case studies, this straightforward and information-packed book examines using the Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB) method to tackle a wide variety of communication problems typical of children with autism. In a nutshell, AVB consists of observing and analyzing a child's communication behaviors, breaking them down into functions, and then teaching and reinforcing needed skills.
AVB strategies and the other methods profiled (PECS, sign language, video modeling, scripts, social stories, etc.) can greatly boost a child's understanding of verbal and nonverbal communication, and help him improve his expressive abilities. The authors provide helpful suggestions on how parents can support this process and teach and reinforce communication skills at home.
With Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism parents and professionals can help young kids, both those with and without speech, expand their communication abilities and opportunities, enabling greater inclusion and progress in daily activities.
Also check out other books co-authored by Mary Jane Weiss on teaching social skills and early intensive behavioral intervention programs: Reaching Out, Joining In and Right from the Start.
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About the Author
Valbona Demiri is Assistant Director of Outreach Services at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where she oversees the Early Intervention Program. Her professional interests include diagnostic assessments and language and social skills development in very young children. She presents at local and national conferences.