Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Publication Date:
January 1, 2007
Print Length:
81 pages

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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.

Editorial Reviews

I have been waiting for this book! Teresa Cardon has written a brilliant and practical guide to address the critical skills of early social communication. This resource needs to be put in the hands of parents and all early-intervention professionals. These techniques seize and enhance opportunities, ultimately leading to increased initiations and interactions and shared control of the environment by the child. --Shawn A. Henry, Executive Director, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI)

I knew from the title of this book Initiations and Interactions that its philosophical perspective and focus were right on. It did not disappoint! Written in an engaging and approachable style, this book provides parents and professionals alike with best practice ideas for promoting communication and language development, and it does so in a manner that is eminently respectful of the family s crucial role in early intervention. --Diane Twachtman-Cullen, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Editor-in-Chief, Autism Spectrum Quarterly

Social communication is a critical priority for children with ASD. INITIATIONS AND INTERACTIONS provides many helpful suggestions and activities for parents and professionals that will support their efforts in enhancing social communication for children with ASD. --Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, director of Childhood Communications Services, Adjunct Professor, Center for the Study of Human Development, Brown University

About the Author

Teresa Cardon, M.A., CCC-SLP, is director of speech language pathology at the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center. She is the author of Let's Talk Emotions (2004) and has written many articles on communication strategies and early intervention techniques for children with autism. Teresa presents workshops internationally to parents and professionals working with children with autism. Teresa is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in speech & hearing science at Arizona State University.

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