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.
Dr. Albert J. Cotugno is a clinical and educational psychologist with over 30 years' experience of working with seriously emotionally disturbed, learning and attention disordered, developmentally disabled, and autism spectrum disordered children. He now works in independent private practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts, is Director of Group Programs at Massachusetts General Hospital/YouthCare, and Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
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 Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).; Chapter 4. Additional and Alternative Definitions for AD.; Chapter 5. Social Development and Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (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 (ASD).; Chapter 11. A Model for Group Interventions with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Children.; Chapter 12. Forming an Understanding of the ASD Individual.; Chapter 13. Introduction to a Stage Model of Group Development for ASD.; 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.; References.; Index.