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Title:
Autism spectrum disorders in adolescents and adults : evidence-based and promising interventions
Author:
Tincani, Matt.
Publication Information:
New York : The Guilford Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
xviii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
"We've edited this collection of chapters on evidence-based and promising practices for adults with ASD. During the past 25 years or so there has been a concomitant increase in research and publications regarding the identification, assessment, and education of these children. This heavy focus of on children is understandable given the promise of early identification and intervention. However, there remains a paucity of research and guidelines that focus on the issues that face adults with ASD. We asked a number of the leading researchers to write chapters on critical issues related to the well-being of adults with ASD. Each set of authors was asked to review the current literature associated with a wide array of topics. In addition to reviewing key research, each chapter provides some examples of how specific features and strategies may influence a hypothetical case in terms of practical decision making"--
Language:
English
Contents:
Part I. Introduction -- ch. 1. Characteristics of adults with high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders / ch. 2. Autism Spectrum Disorders and the family / Part II. Transitioning from adolescence to adulthood -- ch. 3. Effective secondary education and transition for adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders / ch. 4. Postsecondary education for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders / Part III. Instructional and behavioral interventions to promote quality of life -- ch. 5. Behavioral interventions for compolex communication and social skills in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders / ch. 6. Teaching functional communication to adults with Autism Spectrum disorders / ch. 7. Positive behavior support for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders / ch. 8. Skill-building interventions for adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum disorders / ch. 9. Sexuality and relationships for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders / ch. 10. Toward a balanced leisure lifestyle for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders / Part IV. Employment , independence, aging, and p; licy -- ch. 11. Meaningful employment for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders / ch. 12. Facilitating successful independent living skills for adults with high-functioning Autism Spectrum disorders / Aging, estate planning, and funding servies for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders / ch. 14. Legal issues and Autism Spectrum Disorders
ISBN:
9781462517176
Format :
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Bringing together leading experts, this book presents effective practices for helping people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to thrive in adulthood. As individuals with ASD mature, their needs change as well. The book reviews the growing research base and describes ways to support adolescents and adults in succeeding in higher education and work, living independently, enjoying leisure activities, navigating meaningful personal relationships, and more. Specific behavioral and instructional interventions--such as functional communication training, positive behavior support, and applied behavior analysis--are discussed. Case examples illustrate practical aspects of applying the strategies in real-world school and community settings.


Author Notes

Matt Tincani, PhD, is Associate Professor of Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis at Temple University, where he chairs the Department of Psychological, Organizational, and Leadership Studies in the College of Education. He has worked in the field of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for over 20 years as a therapist, program supervisor, university teacher, and researcher. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst, he has developed several university-based programs to prepare professionals who support people with ASD and has held a variety of state and national leadership positions. Dr. Tincani is author or coauthor of dozens of articles, book chapters, and books featuring research and strategies to teach communication, socialization, academic, and self-help skills to people with ASD and other disabilities.

Andy Bondy, PhD, has over 40 years of experience working with children and adults with ASD and related developmental disabilities. For more than a dozen years he served as the director of a statewide public school program for students with autism. He and his wife, Lori Frost, pioneered the development of the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Dr. Bondy designed the Pyramid Approach to Education as a comprehensive combination of broad-spectrum behavior analysis and functional communication strategies. He is a cofounder of Pyramid Educational Consultants, in Newark, Delaware, and serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies.


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Tincani (Temple Univ.) and Bondy (Pyramid Educational Consultants) bring together experts in the field of autism to address the unique needs of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These two populations are afforded less consideration than children with ASD, and often lack the resources available to children with ASD through formal educational systems. In the preface, the editors ask the key question: "What is the long-term goal of sending children with ASD to school?" Following an introductory section, the chapters in the remaining three sections address different approaches for realistically increasing the independence and quality of life of adolescents and adults with ASD, including topics like communication, personal relationships, careers, sexuality, and aging. Each chapter gives an excellent overview of the theories and interventions currently in use, the evidence to support their use, and potential areas for future research and improvement. Frequent case examples detail these approaches in practice. This is a valuable resource for students contemplating working with people with ASD, practicing professionals, and family and friends of people with ASD. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. --Kerry C. Michael, University of Minnesota - Morris


Table of Contents

Brenda Smith Myles and Amy Bixler Coffin and Donna J. Owens and Courtney YantesLauren Pepa and Sandra L. HarrisMichael L. Wehmeyer and Dianne ZagerJane Thierfeld Brown and Lorraine E. Wolf and Christine WenzelAngelica Aguirre and John O'Neill and Ruth Anne Rehfeldt and Valerie BoyerRussell Lang and Jeff Sigafoos and Larah van der Meer and Amarie Carnett and Vanessa A. Green and Giulio E. Lancioni and Mark F. O'ReillyMatt Tincani and Shannon CrozierPeter F. Gerhardt and Maria Fernanda Garcia and Anthony FogliaJason C. Travers and Peggy Schaefer WhitbyPhyllis Coyne and Ann FullertonPaul Wehman and Pamela Sherron Targett and Carol Schall and Staci CarrBrenda Smith Myles and Daniel Steere and Cathy Pratt and Ruth Aspy and Barry G. Grossman and Shawn A. HenryCarol MarkowitzBeverly L. Frantz and David W. Zellis
I Introduction
1 Characteristics of Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 3
2 Autism Spectrum Disorders and the Familyp. 24
II Transitioning from Adolescence to Adulthood
3 Effective Secondary Education and Transition for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 47
4 Postsecondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 69
III Instructional and Behavioral Interventions to Promote Quality of Life
5 Behavioral Interventions for Complex Communication and Social Skills in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 93
6 Teaching Functional Communication to Adults with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 118
7 Positive Behavior Support for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 140
8 Skill-Building Interventions for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 164
9 Sexuality and Relationships for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 182
10 Toward a Balanced Leisure Lifestyle for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 208
IV Employment Independence, Aging, and Policy
11 Meaningful Employment for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 237
12 Facilitating Successful Independent Living Skills for Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 265
13 Aging, Estate Planning, and Funding Services for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 288
14 Legal Issues and Autism Spectrum Disordersp. 309
Indexp. 325