The objective of this site is to advocate, educate, and inform by providing a best practice guide to the screening, assessment, and intervention for school-age children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Timely articles and postings include topics such as screening, evaluation, positive behavior support (PBS), self-management, educational planning, IEP development, gender differences, evidence-based interventions (EBI) and more. This site also features up-to-date information on scientifically validated treatment options for children with ASD and a list of best practice books, articles, and links to organizations. Designed to be a practical and useful resource, bestpracticeautism.com offers essential information for psychologists, teachers, counselors, advocates and attorneys, special education professionals, and parents.
Table of ContentsContents: Acknowledgements. Preface. Foreword by Diane Twachtman-Cullen. 1. Introduction and Overview. 2. Best Practice in Screening. 3. Best Practice in Assessment. 4. Case Examples: Jeremy and Sally. 5. Best Practice for Intervention and Treatment. 6. Best Practice in Special Needs Education. 7. Future Directions and Conclusion. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Glossary of Terms. Glossary of Acronyms. Appendix A: Autism Spectrum Quotient-Children’s Version (AQ-Child). Appendix B: Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST). Appendix C: ASD Assessment Worksheet. Appendix D: ASD Observation Checklist. Appendix E: IDEA Disability Categories. Appendix F: DSM-IV-TR Diagnostic Criteria. Appendix G: Sample IEP Goals and Objectives. Appendix H: Resources for Further Information. Index to Best Practice Recommendations. Reference List. Index. About the Author.
Winner: Education/Academic category; 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Finalist: Education/Academic category; 2011 International Book Awards
Finalist: Educational Needs Academic Book of the year; 2011 National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN) Book Awards
Finalist: Education/Academic category; 2010 National Best Books Awards
Praise for "A Best Practice Guide..."
“As a parent-advocate, Dr. Wilkinson's book is both comprehensive and easy to digest. It's comprehensive because it provides readers with a 10, 000 foot view of the landscape. It's easy to digest because it is written in language that non-professionals can understand. Dr. Wilkinson and his book treat parent-advocates with respect, compassion, and actionable insight. When parent-advocates feel empowered to bring that kind of authoritative guidance to their school district meetings (without trying to supplant the day-to-day work done by the teachers and counselors), good things for their children naturally result. Bottom line: it's all about the kids. Dr. Wilkinson and his book help parent-advocates authoritatively play a central role in crafting the journey to reach that goal.”
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