Publication: Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has To Be Said


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In a field exploding with alternative treatments, choosing the best course of action for the child with autism can be a daunting task. The authors offer compelling practical evidence of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as the most reliable approach to education and provide a much-needed antidote to other treatments lacking empirical data.

The aim is to empower parents and professionals to ensure that their children receive quality educational programming. In supporting the notion that every individual must be approached according to their needs, goals and progress, this is a book written with knowledge and compassion for children, parents and professionals who deal with autism on a daily basis.

Topics include:

  • ABA as a Scientific Method
  • Alternative Treatments for ASD: What is the Science?
  • Home vs. School: Which Side Are You On?
  • ASD and the IEP
  • How Realistic is the Aim for Recover?
  • Sense and Nonsense about Inclusion
  • The Road Map to Successful Integration

By Autism Partnership:  Ron Leaf, Ph.D.,  John McEachin, Ph.D. and Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D.

Product Dimensions and pages: 216 x 280 x 16mm (280 pages)

Product Weight: 680g

Editorial Reviews

Leaf, McEachin, Taubman and their colleagues…provide the interested lay reader with a guidebook on how to think about some of the too-good-to-be-true treatments for autism, and the questions one needs to ask to identify which techniques have a sound grounding in empirical research and which are based on hunches, hypotheses, or not yet validated clinical experience. — Sandra L. Harris, Executive Director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Teaching people how to evaluate the ‘credibility’ of proposed treatments for autism, by assessing the evidence is a tough assignment. The authors tackle this assignment in a chapter termed ‘Critical Thinking’ and guide the reader to become a critical reviewer of credible research evidence (and to not fall for nonsense). The tables in this chapter provide a great brief examination of the research evidence for a variety of alternative treatments. This book should be consulted before purchasing/procuring any services for children with autism. –Ennio Cipani, PhD, Professor, Department of Special Education at National University-Fresno


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