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Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism

A Practical Guide for Parents & Educators
Rebecca MacDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D & Susan Langer, M.A., BCBA




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isbn 978-1-60613-258-6
2017
Paperback
8.5" x 11"
200 pages
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About the Author

Rebecca MacDonald is a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who serves as the Director of Intensive Instructional Preschool Program for children with autism at the New England Center for Children. Susan Langer, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, serves as the Chief Program Officer at the New England Center for Children. Both authors are researchers and teach graduate level courses at universities in Massachusetts.

Discrimination skills enable us to tell one object from another, understand that different things have different names, and use those names to perform a wide range of cognitive and language skills, including following spoken instructions, communicating, and reading. Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism outlines a systematic, evidence-based curriculum to promote children’s learning. Based on the authors’ thirty years of research, the user-friendly text and illustrative case studies cover:

  • Delivering effective instruction (repeat trials, brisk pacing, child’s active participation, reinforcement)
  • Types of discrimination skills (understanding differences, matching like to like, matching words to objects, following spoken-word instructions)
  • Prompting and prompt fading
  • Prerequisite skills (imitation, readiness to learn)
  • Overcoming barriers to learning (lack of scanning, low motivation)
  • Assessing a child’s entry level to the curriculum
  • Curriculum sequence, specific discrimination skills instruction, and remedial strategies
Parents and educators can use this book to teach the foundational discrimination skills that help children become more proficient and independent in a variety of ways—using picture activity schedules and augmentative and alternative communication systems such as PECS, mastering more complex academic skills, and applying learning across many situations in their daily lives.

 
   
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