Initiations and Interactions
Early Intervention Techniques for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Research suggests that an early start is the key to a successful intervention for children diagnosed 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 such an all-pervasive area as 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. This book does not advocate that parents steer clear of therapists and specialists. Instead, it puts more control in the parents' hands.
MEET THE AUTHOR
, PhD, CCC-SLP, works as a Faculty Research Associate at Arizona State University and oversees the autism practica for graduate students in Speech & Hearing Science. She has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for more 16 years in a variety of settings, including public schools. She has assisted thousands of families and their children as they work to improve their social communication skills. Teresa provides interactive and motivating workshops on a variety of topics internationally.