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ERIC Number: ED507534
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 256
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Real Life, Real Progress for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Successful Generalization in Natural Environments
Whalen, Christina, Ed.
Brookes Publishing Company
Generalization is the key to effective autism intervention--when children can apply new skills across settings, they'll make broad, long-term improvements in behavior and social communication. The first how-to guide to generalization is finally here! Practical and reader-friendly, this is the book that helps professionals take today's most popular autism interventions to the next level by making generalization an integral part of them. Pre-K-Grade 8 special educators, early interventionists, SLPs, and other professionals will: (1) enhance 6 widely used autism intervention models with specific, evidence-based generalization strategies; (2) get dozens of easy activities that really help children use new skills consistently--no matter where they are or who they're with; (3) learn about generalization from the experts who know best, with contributions from top autism authorities; (4) provide positive, supportive parent education so they can be active partners in promoting their children's generalization of skills; (5) weave generalization strategies into every phase of intervention planning, not just at the end after skills have already been learned; (6) modify generalization strategies for different settings, so children can achieve their ultimate goal: (7) applying their skills successfully in school, at home, and in the community; and (8) assess the effectiveness of generalization strategies at multiple stages of instruction. Case studies and vivid examples bring the strategies to life in every chapter, and forms and checklists help professionals plan interventions, track children's goals, and monitor their progress toward generalization. With this urgently needed guide to one of the most important facets of autism intervention, readers will help children generalize social behaviors and communication skills--and ensure better lives and brighter futures. Following a Foreword by Lee Grossman, the book comprises chapters (1) Generalization and Autism Spectrum Disorders (Daniel Openden, Christina Whalen, Shannon Cernich, and Manya Vaupel); (2) Enhancing Generalization of Treatment Effects via Pivotal Response Training and the Individualization of Treatment Protocols (Laura Schreibman, Aubyn C. Stahmer, and Jessica Suhrheinrich); (3) Enhancing the Generalization of Skills Taught Through Discrete Trial Instruction (Mary Jane Weiss and Robert H. LaRue); (4) Generalization Issues Pertaining to the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) (Andy Bondy and Lori Frost); (5) Social Stories, Categorization, and Generalization in Autism Spectrum Disorders (Carol Gray); (6) Generalization in Computer-Assisted Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Christina Whalen, Dominic W. Massaro, and Lauren Franke); (7) The JumpStart Learning-to-Learn Model: Parent Training in Naturalistic Teaching for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (Bryna Siegel and Anne Bernard); (8) Increasing Generalization by Training Teachers to Provide Parent Training for Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Brooke Ingersoll and Anna Dvortcsak); (9) Generalization in School Settings: Strategies for Planning and Teaching (Ilene S. Schwartz, Carol Davis, Annie McLaughlin, and Nancy E. Rosenberg); and (10) Generalizing In-Home Treatment Gains Sabrina D. Daneshvar, William D. Frea, and Ronit M. M. Molko).
Brookes Publishing Company. P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285. Tel: 800-638-3775; Fax: 410-337-8539; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Kindergarten
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A