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Group Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders A Focus on Social Competency and Social Skills

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by: Albert J. Cotugno

About the author:

Albert J. Cotugno, Ph.D., is a clinical and educational psychologist who has been providing group and individual psychotherapy services to learning, attention, and developmentally disabled children for over 30 years. He has gained extensive experience in clinical, educational, and school-based interventions through his work at the University of California at Berkeley, McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital where he has directed the development of many assessment, evaluation and treatment services for special needs children. He currently resides in Needham, Massachusetts.

ISBN: 978-1-84310-910-5

Year: 2009

Publication Info: 208pp

Description:

Given the significant core deficits in social interaction and communication that children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) demonstrate, it is critical to understand and develop interventions which directly address these needs.

This book considers the theoretical and practical implications of developing and implementing peer-based, group-focused therapeutic approaches with children on the autism spectrum. Albert Cotugno describes the theoretical underpinnings of an intervention model based on cognitive developmental principles, and explains why a group approach is best suited to address and remediate an ASD child’s social deficiencies. Group Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders shows how to implement skill-based instructional approaches and presents strategies to assess the short- and long-term effectiveness of this type of therapy, both within the group and in external settings.

The book is intended for school, clinic, and general practitioners involved in group work with special needs children, professionals working with ASD children, and anyone interested in using group interventions as a means to treat social competency and social skills deficits.

 

Contents:

Acknowledgements. Preface. Part I. Autism Spectrum Disorders. Chapter 1. Introduction. Chapter 2.Definition of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD). Chapter 3. Historical Background for (ASD). Chapter 4. Additional and Alternative Definitions for ASD. Chapter 5. Social Development and Children with ASD. Part II Treating Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ASD. Chapter 6. Stress and Anxiety. Chapter 7. Attention. Chapter 8. Flexibility, Change, and Transition. Chapter 9. Managing and Regulating Affective and Emotional Response. Chapter 10. Combining Social Competence and Social Skill Building. Part III Group Interventions with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Chapter 11. A Model for Group Interventions for Children with ASD. Chapter 12. Forming an Understanding of the ASD Individual. Chapter 13. Introduction to a Stage Model of Group Development for ASD Individuals. Chapter 14. Stages of Group Development. Chapter 15. Roles that individual Children May take Within the Group. Chapter 16. Roles that the Group Leader May take Within the Group. Appendices. References. Index.

 

Reviews:

Group Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Focus on Social Competency and Social Skills is a powerful pick for any working with autistic children… models for interventios and tips on managing emotional responses make this a powerful, practical guide for any health library appealing to educators or therapists working with autistic kids.

 

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