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Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism


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About This ManualI. Introduction1. Overview of the Program2. Set Up Your Home for SuccessII. Interactive Teaching Techniques3. Follow Your Child's Lead 4. Imitate Your Child 5. Animation 6. Modeling and Expanding Language 7. Playful Obstruction 8. Balanced Turns 9. Communicative Temptations 10. Review of the Interactive Teaching Techniques III. Direct Teaching Techniques11. Overview of the Direct Teaching Techniques 12. Teaching Your Child Expressive Language 13. Teaching Your Child Receptive Language 14. Teaching Your Child Social Imitation 15. Teaching Your Child Play 16. Review of the Direct Teaching Techniques IV. Putting It All Together and Moving Forward 17. Putting It All Together 18. Moving Forward (Final Session)Further Reading

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Brooke Ingersoll, PhD, is a psychologist and board-certified behavior analyst with a doctoral degree in experimental psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, during which time she served as codirector of the Autism Treatment and Research Program at the Hearing and Speech Institute (now known as the Artz Center) in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Ingersoll is currently Assistant Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University, East Lansing. She has conducted training for practitioners on early intervention strategies for children with autism spectrum disorders both nationally and internationally. Dr. Ingersoll has published extensively on early intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders and presented her work at professional conferences. Anna Dvortcsak, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist in private practice in Portland, Oregon. She received her master's degree from the University of Redlands, California. Mrs. Dvortcsak provides training to families with children with autism and individualized speech and language services. She specializes in training professionals in conducting parent training for young children with autism spectrum disorders. Prior to starting her own practice, Mrs. Dvortcsak was codirector of the Autism Treatment and Research Program at the Hearing and Speech Institute (now known as the Artz Center) in Portland. She has experience conducting research on the efficacy of interventions for children with autism and has presented her findings at the annual conventions of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Oregon Speech and Hearing Association, as well as in peer-reviewed articles and chapters.


"The parent manual is exceedingly clear and user friendly. I have used this program in my own clinical research with tremendous success; I am glad it will now be widely available." - Laura Schreibman, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director, Autism Intervention Research Program, University of California, San Diego, USA "Ingersoll and Dvortcsak translate the latest scientific knowledge into practical strategies for helping parents enhance their children's social engagement, language, imitation, and play skills during everyday routines." - Wendy Stone, Director, Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD), Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, Vanderbilt University, USA "During my 33 years as a speech-language pathologist, I have utilized many different programs and techniques and have provided training to staff and parents. This program is more functional and usable than any other parent training approach I am familiar with! Both the practitioner manual and the parent manual are clear and concise, and offer excellent information and strategies. Parent training and coaching is absolutely a way to increase intervention hours because the parents are the intervention agents. Feedback from parents has been excellent, especially for developing appropriate goals for routines at home, helping with behaviors, and reducing overall stress. The video clips do a great job of demonstrating the different strategies." - Debbie Sullivan, Speech and Language Pathologist, Tualatin, USA

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