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Rules and Tools

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Parents are their child's best teachers!

National Parenting Publications Award Winner!!

Step by step, Rules and Tools for Parenting Children With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders: Changing Behavior One Step at a Time, will guide parents throughout their journey toward understanding their child and solving behavior challenges. 

Parents can use one, some or all of the 119 rules and tools presented in their Parenting Toolbox, to help their child be successful. Using checklists, forms, and other practical tools, parents can also develop their child’s personal MAP – Master Action Plan to help their child succeed in school! 


Rules & Tools for Parents is most certainly the best behavior resource for parents of children with ASD available! Through a simple and structured approach to behavior planning, this book guides parents to understand why behaviors occur, to identify patterns of behaviors, and to use appropriate, evidence-based strategies. Whether you are a family member, an educator, or a health professional working with families, you will want to keep this resource close at hand!

--Laura L. Maddox, PhD, BCBA, program director, Online Learning, Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Disabilities

Rules and Tools is an indispensable resource for families with children of all ages on the autism spectrum. It provides accessible, yet detailed strategies for understanding why people on the spectrum behave the way they do, as well as how to help them overcome the struggles they face living with a neurotypical world. It is a crucial resource to help families address pressing concerns, prepare for the future, and see the bigger picture. This is not just a collection of rules and tools but a comprehensive and systematic way to effectively and lovingly parent a child with autism.

--Daniella Simon, LLMSW, MPH, BCBA, program consultant, Novel Responses, Inc.

The strongest part of the book and the thing I liked best was all the tools. I think they will be very helpful to many people in lots of different circumstances and I will likely use them myself in my work. Finally, the layout of the book is superb, easing the flow of reading.

--Judy Endow, MSW, author, artist, speaker, consultant


Judith Coucouvanis, MA, PMHCNS-BC, is a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has been a clinician for over 35 years, specializing in the treatment of children with developmental disabilities, severe behavior challenges, autism spectrum disorders and co-occurring conditions. Coucouvanis is a national speaker on the topics of behavior management, social skills training, psychopharmacology, educational strategies, and toilet training. She is the author of Super Skills: A Social Skills Group Program for Children with Asperger Syndrome, High-functioning Autism and Related Challenges, and the award winning book, The Potty Journey: Guide to Toilet Training Children with Special Needs.

ISBN: 9781937473853



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