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Autism Spectrum Disorders


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Chapter 1: Definitions and Classification of Autism Spectrum Disorders by Melissa P. Maye, Ivy Giserman Kiss, and Alice S. Carter

Chapter 2: Historical Overview of the Education and Treatment of Persons with Autism by Tom E.C. Smith, Peggy Schaefer-Whitby and Tiffany Mrla

Chapter 3: Legislation, Program Development, and Service Delivery by Nikki L. Murdick and Barbara C. Gartin

Chapter 4: Advances in Neurobiological and Medical Research by Gardner T. Umbarger, III

Chapter 5: Global Perspectives: Autism Education and Treatment in Other Nations by Angi Stone-MacDonald and Rama Cousik

Chapter 6: Early Intervention Services for Children with Autism by Angel Fettig & Veronica P. Fleury

Chapter 7: Preschool Years by Christopher B. Denning and Amelia K. Moody

Chapter 8: Enhancing Communication and Language Development by Peggy Schaefer-Whitby, Elizabeth Lorah, Jessica Love, & Hollie Lawless

Chapter 9: Building and Managing Appropriate Behaviors by E. Amanda Boutot, Devon Ramey, & Nathan Pullen

Chapter 10: Development of Academic Skills in Childhood by Leah Wood, Julie L. Thompson, and Jenny Root

Chapter 11: Developing Social Interaction Competence by David F. Cihak and Cate C. Smith

Chapter 12: Self-Determination for School and Community by Michael L. Wehmeyer & Karrie A. Shogren

Chapter 13: Universal Design for Transition for Students on the Spectrum: Linking Academic and Transition Education to Improve Postschool Outcomes by Colleen A. Thoma, Irina Cain, Andrew Wojcik, Kathryn Best, LaRon A. Scott

Chapter 14: Positive Behavior Supports in Middle and Secondary School by Debra L. Cote and Shannon L. Sparks

Chapter 15: The Transition from High School to Higher Education: Inclusive Services and Supports by L. Lynn Stansberry Brusnahan, Marc Ellison, and Dedra Hafner

Chapter 16: Promoting Integrated Employment Options by Dianne Zager and Francine L. Dreyfus

Chapter 17: Collaboration to Improve Education and Treatment Outcomes by Emily C. Bouck, Gauri S. Joshi, and Pei-Lin Weng

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Author

Dianne Zager is the Michael C. Koffler Professor in Autism in the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences at Pace University, USA. David F. Cihak is Professor and Special Education Program Coordinator in the Department of Theory & Practice in Teacher Education in the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. Angi Stone-MacDonald is Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development and Early Childhood Licensure Program Director of Early Education and Care in Inclusive Settings at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA.


"The fourth edition of this widely used textbook on autism provides significant new improvements and updates, making it a must-read by everyone working in this field. Using a research-to-practice approach, the new edition includes an updated discussion of practices in transition, employment, and technology usage. The range of topics covered and the expertise of the contributing authors make this edition an exceptional volume for anyone interested in persons on the autism spectrum."

--Robert A. Stodden, Professor Emeritus and Founding Director of the Center on Disability Studies at University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

"This book is a comprehensive resource for educators, researchers and other practitioners in the field of autism. The editors assembled an impressive array of experts and the result is an accessible, evidence-based, and well-organized guide to best practices for students with autism. I highly recommend it to my colleagues and students."

--J. David Smith, Professor Emeritus at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Visiting Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

'This text is definitely worth the read for any health care professional working in this field, particularly given the current research, which is highlighted throughout. In this fourth edition, the editors succeed in accomplishing their stated mission:to present a comprehensive, readable and up-to-date overview of the field of autism.'

- Karen Butler, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therepy

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