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When children's communication skills lag, all areas of learning and socialization are affected. Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism describes how an ABA approach can help children age 2-10 who have significant communication problems--difficulty making requests, perseverative speech, a lack of fluency in conversational exchanges, trouble reading others' signals, and more--learn to understand and use speech and language.
Enriched by case studies, this straightforward and information-packed book examines using the Applied Verbal Behavior (AVB) method to tackle a wide variety of communication problems typical of children with autism. In a nutshell, AVB consists of observing and analyzing a child's communication behaviors, breaking them down into functions, and then teaching and reinforcing needed skills.
AVB strategies and the other methods profiled (PECS, sign language, video modeling, scripts, social stories, etc.) can greatly boost a child's understanding of verbal and nonverbal communication, and help him improve his expressive abilities. The authors provide helpful suggestions on how parents can support this process and teach and reinforce communication skills at home.
With Jumpstarting Communication Skills in Children with Autism parents and professionals can help young kids, both those with and without speech, expand their communication abilities and opportunities, enabling greater inclusion and progress in daily activities.
Also by Mary Jane Weiss:
Teaching Social Skills to People with Autism Best Practices in Individualizing Interventions
Reaching Out, Joining In: Teaching Social Skills to Young Children with Autism
Right from the Start: Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism