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Contents Introduction: We Can Do Better Part I Improving the Prognosis of ASD: Myths, Facts, Early Signs, and a New Framework Chapter 1 Redefining Autism and the Way We Treat It Chapter 2 Myths and Misdiagnoses of ASD, Including Asperger's Syndrome Chapter 3 Early and Ongoing Signs of ASD: Identifying and Helping Babies and Children at Risk Chapter 4 New Goals for Children with ASD: The DIR/Floortime Model Part II Families First: How Families Can Use the DIR Model to Build Healthy Foundations for Relating, Communicating, and Thinking Chapter 5 The "Family First" Initiative Chapter 6 Fostering Attention and Engagement: Bringing Your Child into a Shared World Chapter 7 Encouraging Two-Way Communication and Social Problem-Solving Chapter 8 Symbols, Ideas, and Words Chapter 9 Logical Thinking and the Real World Chapter 10 Higher Levels of Abstract and Reflective Thinking Chapter 11 Unique Biologies, I: Experiencing the World Through the Senses Chapter 12 Unique Biologies, II: Visual and Auditory Deficits in Children with ASD Part III Floortime Chapter 13 Floortime as a Family Approach Chapter 14 Floortime: What It Is and What It Isn't Chapter 15 Floortime All the Time Everywhere: Creating Learning Environments Chapter 16 The Hardest Part of Floortime: Following the Child's Lead and Challenging the Child at the Same Time Chapter 17 Working with Older Children, Adolescents, and Adults with ASD, I: A Lifetime of Learning, written with Henry Mann, M.D. Chapter 18 Working with Older Children, Adolescents, and Adults with ASD, II: Creating Learning Communities Part IV Assessment and Intervention: The DIR Model Chapter 19 Assessment: The DIR/Floortime Approach Chapter 20 A Comprehensive Intervention Program Using the DIR/Floortime Approach Chapter 21 Educational Approaches That Promote Thinking, Communicating, and Academic Progress Part V Overcoming Difficult Symptoms Chapter 22 Scripting and Echolalia Chapter 23 Self-Stimulation, Sensation Craving, Overactivity, and Avoidant Behavior Chapter 24 Meal Time, Toilet Training, Getting Dressed, and Other New Challenges Chapter 25 Behavior Problems Chapter 26 Coping with Feelings Chapter 27 Meltdowns and Regressions Chapter 28 Developing Social Skills Appendix A Outcome Studies of the DIR Model Appendix B The DIR Theory of How Autism Develops Appendix C Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Relating and Communicating References Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Autistic children -- Behavior modification.
Autistic children -- Rehabilitation.
Autistic children -- Education.
Parents of autistic children.