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Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Spectrum Disorders
Interventions and Treatments for Children and Youth


June 2004 | 264 pages | Corwin
With Contributions From: Sonja R. de Boer-Ott, Deborah E. Griswold, Brenda Smith Myles, Sara E. Byrd, Jennifer B. Ganz, Katherine Tapscott Cook, Kaye L. Otten, Josefa Ben-Arich, Sue Ann Kline, and Lisa Garriott Adams

How can you best help a child with autism reach their full potential?

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) present a perplexing challenge for parents and school professionals. Literally dozens of interventions and treatments are available, so how does one know which intervention strategy works best for any given child or situation? This essential resource was developed to respond directly to the extraordinary difficulty school professionals and families face in selecting and applying appropriate, effective interventions and treatments for the children in their care.

The information is presented in a straightforward and simple format, practical for finding clear answers to complex questions. For easy access, the book is organized into the following five intervention categories-Interpersonal Relationships, Skill-Based Treatment Programs, Cognitive Methods, Physiological/Biological/Neurological Approaches, and Other Treatments and Interventions. Each category contains several detailed reviews, including:

  • A description of the intervention or treatment
  • Reported benefits and effects associated with its use
  • A synthesis of how the outcomes relate to individuals with ASD
  • A discussion of who is best qualified to implement it, including when and where
  • Potential costs and risks

Comprehensive in scope, this resource briefly evaluates over 40 commonly used interventions and treatments for individuals with ASD, as well as detailed evaluations of their utility and efficiency. It will assist readers in critically evaluating and choosing those methods that have the highest probability of yielding benefits for this special population.

About the Authors
1. Interpersonal Relationship Interventions and Treatments
Holding Therapy

Gentle Teaching

Option Method (Son-Rise Program)

Developmental, Individual-Difference Relationship-Based Model (Floor Time)

Play-Oriented Strategies

Pet/Animal Therapy

Rationship Development Intervention (RDI)

2. Skill-Based Interventions and Treatments
Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Incidental Teaching

Facilitated Communication

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Assistive Technology

van Dijk Curricular Approach

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

Discrete Trial Teaching (DTT)

Joint Action Routines (JARs)

Fast ForWord®

Pivotal Response Training

Structured Teaching (TEACCH)

3. Cognitive Interventions
Cognitive Behavioral Modification

Cognitive Learning Strategies

Cognitive Scripts

Social Stories

Power Cards


Social Decision-Making Strategies

Learning Experiences: An Alternative Program for Preschoolers and

Parents (LEAP)

4. Physiological/Biological/Neurological Treatments and Interventions
Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome: Irlen Lenses

Sensory Integration

Auditory Integration Training

Mercury: Vaccination and Autism

Candida: Autism Connection

Gluten-Casein Intolerance

Megavitamin Therapy

Feingold Diet, Herb, Mineral and Other Supplements


5. Other Treatments and Interventions
Art Therapy

Music Therapy


"Autism Spectrum Disorders presents the best validation criteria we currently have to offer children with ASD, and provides a blueprint for future work in this area. A long overdue wake-up call to the field, and one that is highly recommended."

Gary Sasso, Chairperson, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Iowa

"This excellent compendium will prove invaluable for anyone who wants to identify and evaluate commonly used treatments and interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders."

Juane Heflin, Associate Professor
Georgia State University

"...the authors of the volume under review are to be commended for their efforts and for the resulting product.  Simpson and colleagues have produced a resource that parents and professionals can consult with the confidence that the evaluations and judgments of the interventions are generally fair and reflect the scientific evidence available to date...the book fills an important need and can serve as a model and stimulus for similar work in the future."

Donald P. Oswald
American Psychological Association

This comprehensive, research-based overview on current treatments for autism spectrum disorders is a very valuable resource for clinicians, educators and family members involved with the autism community.

Professor Oliver Wendt
Educational Studies Dept, Purdue University
August 10, 2011
Key features
  • Author is the leading educational expert on autism spectrum disorders
  • Author is Chair of the #1-rated special education program in the United States

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