One of the major difficulties for children with autism is in developing communication and language. The earlier this problem is addressed, the more effectively these skills can be improved. Inspired by research and clinical practice, this book addresses communication and language development of children with autism, from teaching non-verbal communication such as pointing, to moving towards spoken language. This book champions initial intervention with children at an early stage of communication, but the many practical ideas and strategies can also be usefully applied to children of school age, if they are at an early stage of communication.First Steps in Intervention With Your Child With Autism is perfect for parents looking to understand their child better and, in turn, help improve their child's development and communication. This will also be a useful reference for all professionals working to support families with a child on the autism spectrum.
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'This is a beautifully written book by experienced practitioners from differing professional backgrounds...It's clearly written teaching ideas will be highly valued by parents and professionals alike. Even experienced practitioners are likely to find new ideas or approaches to consider...This book will be highly valued addition to these because to its unique style in sharing theory and practice.'- Naplic Newsletter'This enjoyable, easy to read, informative book champions initial intervention with preschool children with autism. It contains many practical ideas and strategies centred around interactive play and early social communication that can also be applied to school aged children if they are at an early stage... It is good value for money for departments on a budget.'- Speech & Language Therapy in Practice'This book offers a wealth of of strategies and will help parents to understand their child better and help them to improve their child's development and communication. This will also be useful to professionals working to support families with a child on the autism spectrum.'- Communication
Phil Christie is Consultant Child Psychologist and Director of Sutherland House Children's Services, which includes a non-maintained special school for students with autism between the ages of 3-19. Elizabeth Newson was joint director of the Child Development Research Unit at Nottingham University with her husband John, until she was made Emeritus Professor on her retirement in 1994. She was awarded the OBE for services to children on the autistic spectrum in 1999. Wendy Prevezer, formerly a speech and language therapist, has worked with children on the autism spectrum as a Music Specialist at Sutherland House School since 1986, using and developing the Musical Interaction approach. Susie Chandler is a research psychologist now based at the Institute of Child Health and Guy's Hospital, London where she continues to carry out research into the identification and treatment of autism spectrum conditions, through screening and early intervention studies.
Chapter 1. Introduction. Chapter 2. Developing an Understanding of Autism. Chapter 3. Taking the First Steps. Chapter 4. Interactive Play. Chapter 5. The Beginnings of Structure. Chapter 6. Teaching Pointing. Chapter 7. Understanding Language. Chapter 8. Moving Towards Spoken Language. Chapter 9. Sharing Conceptual Play. Index.
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