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Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Spanish-Speaking Families

Autism diagnoses among children of Latino descent have risen more than 90 percent since 2002, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released in December 2009. While the reasons for this are multifaceted, Dr. Charles Cartwright, Director of the YAI Autism Center,...

Relationship Development Intervention: A Review of Its Effectiveness

The theme of this issue of Autism Spectrum News is “Advances in Autism Science.” One facet of autism science is the adherence to “evidenced-based practice” (EBP); a requirement that those who work with persons with autism – teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, etc. – use...

Interventions for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and How Best to Evaluate Their Effectiveness

Autism is a complex disorder characterized by significant deficits in social reciprocity and communicative ability as well as the presence of repetitive behavior/restricted interests. Given the heterogeneous nature of autism, many interventions have emerged with disputed claims of effectiveness....

Music Therapy for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Therapeutic Power of Music - Music occupies a significant place in human activity across cultures, reflecting its deeply rooted biological origins. A growing body of evidence indicates that the physiology of the human brain is specialized for musical perception and activity. Our sensitivity to...

View from the Spectrum – The Sea of Interventions

Which approach should I use for my child? Will a behaviorally oriented method such as Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) work? Might it be better to use Daily Life Therapy (DLT)? What about some of the developmental ways of working with children on the autism spectrum such as the cognitive...

Interdisciplinary Team Perspectives on the Progress of Two Boys

For interdisciplinary teams of teachers, assistants, therapists and administrators, understanding what works for children with autism may sometimes seem elusive. Why is one child progressing in therapy, but not transferring these skills to the classroom? What was different in classroom supports for...

Applied Behavior Analysis and Verbal Behavior

In 1981 O. Ivar Lovaas published his groundbreaking ABA manual, Teaching Developmentally Disabled Children: The ME Book. Countless therapists and families have been able to help their children learn life-altering skills such as socialization, language, and activities of daily living thanks to the...

Interventions to Reduce Escape and Avoidant Behaviors in Individuals with Autism

People with autism spectrum disorders can display behaviors that present challenges to educators, parents, and other caregivers such as aggression, self-injury, disruption, property destruction, and elopement. When such problem behaviors are present, the first step is to conduct a functional...

Understanding and Treating Autism Spectrum Disorders

Not until the middle of the twentieth century was there a name for a disorder that now appears to affect an estimated one of every five hundred children, a disorder that causes disruption in families and unfulfilled lives for many children. At the same time a German scientist, Dr. Hans Asperger,...

Dimensions of Quality: Best For Educating Students with ASD

Learners with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have diverse and unique needs. They struggle with attention, communication, cognitive delays, and behavioral control. Their learning and behavioral challenges are highly idiosyncratic, and educating students with ASD requires a fully individualized,...