A Work In Progress is a two part manual that serves as a guide for any parent or professional working with autistic children. The ABA-based behavioural intervention strategies and the detailed curriculum focus on facilitating the child’s development and helping him or her to achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible. The book has served as a launching pad for many parents in the beginning stages of diagnosis and has been used as the cornerstone of countless intervention programmes, meeting with enormous success.
The first half of the book, entitled Behavioral Management and Teaching Strategies with Autistic Children, gives parents insight and methods for dealing with difficult behaviours and self-stimulation to aid in the management and reduction of disruptive behaviour. These beginning chapters also offer guidelines on how to address and manage sleep problems, toileting issues, eating problems, as well as how to incorporate social skills and playskills.
The second half of the book is a detailed curriculum entitled Autism Partnership Curriculum for Discrete Trial Teaching with Autistic Children. The exercises address skills such as play, receptive and expressive labeling, emotions, functions, categories, prepositions, verb tenses, sequencing, peer interaction and more. Each lesson covers the objectives, procedure and strategy for teaching each skill and provides numerous examples for easy implementation.
This is a complete guide that provides step-by-step instructions as well as creative ideas on how to make learning a natural progression. Emphasis is placed on learning age-appropriate skills, teaching in different settings, and creating a home programme that emphasises the joy of learning.