An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn

By: Laurie A. Vismara (author), Sally J. Rogers (author), Geraldine Dawson (author)Paperback

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Cutting-edge research reveals that parents can play a huge role in helping toddlers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) connect with others and live up to their potential. This encouraging guide from the developers of a groundbreaking early intervention program provides doable, practical strategies you can use every day. Nearly all young kids-including those with ASD-have an amazing capacity to learn. Drs. Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, and Laurie Vismara make it surprisingly simple to turn daily routines like breakfast or bath time into fun and rewarding learning experiences that target crucial developmental skills. Vivid examples illustrate proven techniques for promoting play, language, and engagement. Get an early start-and give your child the tools to explore and enjoy the world. Winner--American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award Mental health professionals, see also the authors' related intervention manual, Early Start Denver Model for Young Children with Autism, as well as the Early Start Denver Model Curriculum Checklist for Young Children with Autism (sold in sets of 15).

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Sally J. Rogers, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. She is a pioneering autism researcher known for her work on early intervention for preschoolers, imitation deficits, family interventions, and autism in infancy. With Geraldine Dawson and colleagues, Dr. Rogers developed the Early Start Denver Model, the treatment approach that is the basis for this book. Geraldine Dawson, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University. She served as Founding Director of the University of Washington Autism Center. An internationally recognized autism expert with a focus on early detection, intervention, and brain plasticity in autism, Dr. Dawson is a passionate advocate for families. She is coauthor of An Early Start for Your Child with Autism and A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Laurie A. Vismara, PhD, is a clinical research scientist at the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis, and a board-certified behavior analyst. Dr. Vismara's interests include developing innovative ways to teach early intervention techniques to professionals and parents.


Introduction. Part I: Getting Started. Setting Up Your Child's Early Intervention Program. Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family. How Your Early Efforts Can Help Your Child Engage with Others and Boost Your Child's Learning. Part II: Everyday Strategies to Help Your Child Engage, Communicate, and Learn. Step into the Spotlight: Capturing Your Child's Attention. Find the Smile!: Having Fun with Sensory Social Routines. It Takes Two to Tango: Building Back-and-Forth Interactions. Talking Bodies: The Importance of Nonverbal Communication. "Do What I Do!": Helping Your Child Learn by Imitating. Let's Get Technical: How Children Learn. The Joint Attention Triangle: Sharing Interests with Others. It's Playtime! Let's Pretend! Moving into Speech. Putting It All Together. Appendix. Toys and Books for Your Young Child with Autism. Resources.

Product Details

  • publication date: 12/07/2012
  • ISBN13: 9781609184704
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 342
  • ID: 9781609184704
  • weight: 566
  • ISBN10: 160918470X

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