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Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism (Topics in Autism) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1890627027
ISBN-10: 189062702X
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[The authors] continue to skillfully guide parents through the complex process of understanding the differences among ABA programs and selecting the right program based on the individual needs of the child and the family. --Autism Asperger Digest, September 2007

With autism diagnoses at an all-time high, this updated second edition will be invaluable to parents searching for relevant information. Harris and Weiss, both directors of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, know firsthand the importance of early intervention in autism. The current research they provide highlights the effectiveness of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, an autism treatment program based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for preschoolers with autism. Deciding to use ABA with a child requires research and reflection; this book will assist parents in creating and implementing an ABA program in their home and in selecting instructors and professional consultants. It will also help them evaluate public school programs and the pros and cons of a home-based vs. a center-based program. Most helpful are the personal anecdotes from parents detailing their experiences with autism and ABA. Any parent of a newly diagnosed toddler or preschooler would benefit from the information here when considering his or her child's treatment program. Highly recommended for public libraries, even those owning the first edition. --Library Journal, April 1, 2007

With autism diagnoses at an all-time high, this updated second edition will be invaluable to parents searching for relevant information. Harris and Weiss, both directors of the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, know firsthand the importance of early intervention in autism. The current research they provide highlights the effectiveness of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention, an autism treatment program based on Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for preschoolers with autism. Deciding to use ABA with a child requires research and reflection; this book will assist parents in creating and implementing an ABA program in their home and in selecting instructors and professional consultants. It will also help them evaluate public school programs and the pros and cons of a home-based vs. a center-based program. Most helpful are the personal anecdotes from parents detailing their experiences with autism and ABA. Any parent of a newly diagnosed toddler or preschooler would benefit from the information here when considering his or her child's treatment program. Highly recommended for public libraries, even those owning the first edition. --Library Journal, April 1, 2007 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A Review...

"This 'Guide for Parents and Professionals' constitutes an excellent overview of and introduction to early behavioral intervention. Well-written in a friendly style, this book avoids the harsh rhetoric often accompanying discussions of behavioral intervention for children with autism. The authors are strong advocates for their approach, but they also admit that this method does not work well for all children with autism. Unlike many other writers on this subject, they accept flexibility and individualized planning and programming, and they advocate inclusion with nondisabled peers as early as possible. Not all educators would accept the assumption that intervention methods must be supported by rigorous research, but most would agree that there must be some demonstrated efficacy. All in all, this book is a very useful, humane beginning for parents and early childhood teachers." --Newsline (The Federation for Children with Special Needs), Fall 1998

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Product Details

  • Series: Topics in Autism
  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Woodbine House; 1 edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189062702X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890627027
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,388,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lisa Ackerman on January 27, 2003
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BUT, if you know about ABA and have read "The Me Book" from Lovaas or "Let me hear your voice" from Maurice - this book is not for you.
So let me talk to you if you are a newbie to autism. This book is GREAT because it explains in ENGLISH the basics on ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) treatment for autism. It reviews case studies on choices, how to get started, funding, and other extremely important topics for newbies.
It is a great book that I give to new parents with children affected with autism ALL THE TIME.
But remember: if you are an advanced person been doing the autism and ABA journey for awhile, this book is NOT for you.
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This is an excellent book! One of the best I've read(and that covers quite a few!).Excellent advice for Parents just starting out in the maze of Autism treatments and also wonderful for professionals.Lots of practical advice"If someone promises you huge gains,run fast in the other direction"."Be a questioning critical consumer".Lots of excellent advice on choosing a program and fabulous comments from parents which capture the whole essence of dealing with Autism.This book tells us what we all know that the best thing for our children is to 'get in their faces' with early intensive behavioural intervention.Good luck fellow Parents!
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I would have to agree that this book is not what its title presents itself as. I was expecting a little more on how "exactly" to help my son Steven who is just recently 3 and has been diagnosed with moderate Autism Disorder. It did give me the positive boost and the push I needed to go out and get the early Intense intervention that I feel "my son" will really benefit from. It helped me to focus on the problem at hand and gave me a starting place to start my search for improving Stevens future. A good read for people new to this life change, however definately not for people looking for answers on how to actively facilitate learning. I also agree that it was a big push by the authors to use their method, and it worked on me, but I wouldn't discount other possibilities.
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I wish I'd had this book so much earlier. I cried as I read the parents' stories and experiences--they sound just like the talks my husband and I have and our worries, hopes, and dreams for our son. This is a wonderful book of insight and advice for getting started receiving services and assuring you that you can make progress in reaching your child! Strongly recommended.
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This book looks to me just as an advertisement for the school run by the authors. If you want a really good and useful book on Applied Behavioral Analysis, read "Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism" by Catherine Maurice, G. Green and C. Luce. However, before reading it, read the wonderful book "Let me hear your voice", by C. Maurice. Those two books gave me enough knowledge of ABA, so that I was able myself to do the therapy and recover my 3 year-old son from PDD in less than a year.
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If you are seeking intervention for a child who has been diagnosed in the Autism Spectrum, you should do as much research as possible into all interventions. This book describes in ordinary English what an Applied Behavioral Analysis program should look like, and what the parent or guardian of a child afflicted with Autism should be looking for in an ABA program. This book was a tremendous help to my husband and me when we evaluated our school district's ABA program and other ABA programs in our region. I highly recommend it to anyone learning about ABA. Prof. Harris has been a great help to me and is highly respected in the Autism community.
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