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Initiations and Interactions
Early Intervention Techniques for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research shows that an early start is the key to successful intervention for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Research also shows that for most early intervention programs to be effective, they must involve a child's primary caregivers, especially when it comes to communication. Without adding to parents' already busy schedules, Cardon, a speech language pathologist, discusses the importance of creating a communication environment in the home. Simple, everyday tools include deliberate use of books, toys, visual schedules, and labeling among others. Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders does not advocate that parents steer clear of therapists and specialists. Instead, it puts more control in the parents' hands.


Teresa Cardon, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Director of the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University. She has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for more 16 years in a variety of settings, including public schools. A well-respected researcher and practitioner, she has assisted thousands of families and their children as they work to improve their social communication skills. The author of Top Ten Tips: A Survival Guide for Families With Children on the Autism Spectrum and Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum DisordersTeresa provides interactive and motivating workshops on a variety of topics internationally.

ISBN: 9781931282321

Reviews (2)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - Hands on book, full of common sense and with many great activities to enhance communication in children with autism. Many of the activities can be easily fit in both classroom setting and family environment.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Midwest book review - Written by Teresa A. Cardon, MA, CCC-SLP, and director of the Speech & Language Department at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center of Phoenix, Arizona, Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow handbook emphasizing the development of communication skills in one's child and creating a communication-friendly environment in one's home. Chapters discuss the importance of focusing on interacting with one's child during an activity, not the activity itself; how to turn books and story time into interaction time; how to make visual supports (lamination is recommended for long-term durability), and much more. "I can't talk about cuing without including the ever-popular 'raised-eyebrow wait' as it has come to be known around my clinic... mouth open, eyebrows raised, eyes wide open looking very expectant. Since this expression is so universally used, it is probably the most natural thing we can do to prompt a child to take his turn. Of course, it is not always enough of a prompt and that is why the 'Watch & Wait' strategy and the previous prompts are so important." A superb supplementary resource for parents, educators, and anyone who interacts with young children - though created specifically for interacting with autism spectrum children, many of the tips and techniques are sure to help children of all types develop language skills.
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