Promoting better social skills and behaviour is a top priority for anyone who works with learners with autism-but which practices really improve outcomes? Find out in this cutting-edge volume, a reader-friendly synthesis of the latest findings from more than 20 of today's top researchers in the field. Coordinated by the highly respected Organization for Autism Research, this accessible book is an ideal text for future professionals and essential reading for administrators and consultants in educational settings. Readers will explore current evidence, best-practice recommendations, and future research directions for assessing social skills with evidence-based methods and toolsconducting interventions that really make a differencepromoting friendships and peer acceptanceincreasing joint attentionimplementing schoolwide positive behaviour supportimproving outcomes with Pivotal Response Treatmentstrengthening children's self-help skillsproviding effective support for families of children with autismusing appropriate pharmacologic interventions to manage symptoms associated with ASDReaders will also get first-hand insights from individuals on the autism spectrum and their family members and service providers, who provide balanced perspectives on today's research trends and practices. A cornerstone resource for current and future professionals working with learners of all ages, this book will help readers understand what really advances the social skills and behaviour of students with autism-so they can use effective practices to improve the lives of children and families. With contributions from Shahla Ala'i-Rosales, Stephen R. Anderson, Joanne Gerenser, Connie Kasari, Kathleen Koenig, Suzanne Letso, Erik Mayville, Daniel Openden, Roy Sanders, Ilene Schwartz, Mary Jane Weiss, Thomas L. Zane and more.
Peter Gerhardt, E.D., is the director of education at the Upper School of the McCarton School and the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organisation for Autism Research (OAR). He has more than 30 years of experience using the principles of applied behaviour analysis in supporting adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings.