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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 8, 2011
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This is an excellent intervention model that combines the best of developmental and naturalistic behavioral models for children with autism. The books is very well written and provides clear descriptions of the intervention components and methodologies. The flow charts to assist practiioners with understanding how to individualize the program for children who may need more support are especially helpful. The authors provide a theoretical framework and informamtion regarding reserach into the model and then the following chapters offer specific steps involved in conducting an appropriate assessment, developing clear, measurable goals and implementing the intervention to meet those goals. Specific instructions for targettng core features of autism in very young children, like imiation and joint attention, are outlined in detail. Practioners can use this manual to develop a program that meets children's IFSP needs/goals and to measure progress along the way. I highly recommend this resource.
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63 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I currently have my child enrolled in RDI, have taken the More Than Words program, and employed Floortime techniques to interact with my ASD child. So I was really hoping that this book would provide me with more ideas on play based or relationship based therapies. I was really disappointed that this book was more of a theoretical view of autism and how they conducted their study. In fact, the book states that the kids in the study had to meet a certain set of skills before their techniques could be employed. You really can't use their techniques on every child in the autism spectrum (their website states it is targeted for ages 14mos - 3 yrs). Their study even includes a child who can already imitate at 18 months. Are their techniques more for higher functioning ASD children? It kind of makes me wonder.

Now about their techniques, it's just about alternating sessions of ABA and play/social based interactions with the parents (sounds like Floortime or Son Rise to me). They advocate 20 hours of clinical therapy and 5 hours of parent therapy a week. They admit that parents have to be trained by their clinicians, so it's difficult to even use their techniques based upon what's written in the book. This a book for professionals and those who are enrolled in the ESDM program and not the everyday parent.

If you want to communicate and interact with your ASD child, then stick to books like More Than Words: Helping Parents Promote Communication and Social Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think (Merloyd Lawrence Book). If fact, Greenspan has FREE Webinars and papers that actually tell and teach you how to interact with your ASD child. The Son Rise program also provides free web videos on various ways of engaging with your ASD child (you can find them on various ASD websites).

So if you do RDI, Miller Method, Floortime, Son Rise, or More Than Words, skip this book. In my opinion, it's not worth keeping in your collection for references.
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on June 20, 2014
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Generally I use the VB-MAPP, and it's been fantastic, but I have found some domains of the assessment more difficult to use as a curriculum guide, specifically social skills. This assessment. Which is also criterion-based, breaks down how to teach joint attention skills and early social skills like responding to gestures. I read it over the weekend and got so excited to update my programs with all the fun material. One thing I thought was odd-- it's criterion referenced to children with autism, not neurotypical development, so if you are attempting to approximate typical development, you'll need to cross reference it somehow.

Also, it seemed to have a bit of an identity crisis. Parents reviewing it said it is too technical, but I needed it to be more technical and have more research behind it. It makes assertions that aren't supported by the body of evidence, which is really frustrating. However, it is still very useful as supplement to lesson planning for behavioral interventions.
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on February 13, 2014
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This book does an excellent job of explaining the Denver Model ....
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the Denver Model makes total sense to me. I have stopped doing the things I have learned from other approaches that do little to nothing to help my little students. I now have strategies that are making a difference for them!
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on May 27, 2013
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I had to read this book before attending the Early Start Denver Model Intro Training. The book is a great resource and provides a lot of background information.
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on December 30, 2012
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this is a great program. I certainly found this book for a great price. easy to read and to follow..Looking forward to getting certified.
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on August 4, 2014
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A must have for parents who have a very young child and a premonition something may not be as it should in thechild's development.
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on May 14, 2013
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A must have for any professional teacher/ SLP/ OT/ PT who works with children who are suspected or diagnosed with autism.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
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After reading this book, I was hoping that I would get some tips into interacting with my grandson. I wanted that a book that showed me how to increase my interaction with him. This book was too academic for me. It talked a lot about the program and their tests. I was disappointed when the book mentioned that I needed a ESDM facilitator to teach me the ABA portions. I really wanted something simple to follow.
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on November 3, 2014
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I recommended for any parent and mental professional that treat with autism
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