Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism

A Manual for Parents and Professionals

Edited by Catherine Maurice,

Co-Edited by Gina Green and Stephen C. Luce


A growing body of research shows that many young children with autism and pervasive developmental disorders can derive significant, lasting and sometimes dramatic benefits from early intervention based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. This manual, inspired by that research, provides a wealth of practical information for parents, professionals, and others concerned with helping such children. Authors include parents whose children have been the beneficiaries of a science-based approach to autism treatment, as well as many noted researchers and experienced clinicians.


The manual gives the reader concrete information on how to evaluate treatment options and differentiate scientifically validated interventions from fads and "miracle cures"; assess children's skills, needs, and progress objectively and systematically; teach children a wide variety of important skills, ranging from basics such as listening and looking, to complex language and social skills; and determine who is competent to deliver and supervise behavioural intervention.


1. Why This Manual?

2. Evaluating Claims About Treatments for Autism

3. Early Behavioral Intervention for Autism

4. Are Other Treatments Effective?

5. Selecting Teaching Programs

6. Teaching New Skills to Young Children with Autism

7. Behavioral Analysis and Assessment

8. Identifying Qualified Professionals in Behavior Analysis

9. Recruiting, Selecting, and Training Teaching Assistants

10. The UCLA Young Autism Model of Service Delivery

11. Community-Based Early Intervention

12. Funding the Behavioral Program

13. Incorporating Speech-Language Therapy

14. Strategies for Promoting Language Acquisition

15. What Parents Can Expect from Public School Programs

16. Supported Inclusion

17. Answers to Commonly Asked Questions


400 pages, 1996, large format paperback

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