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AP Crafting Connections Crafting Connections
Contemporary Applied Behavior Analysis
for Enriching the Social Lives of Persons with
Autism Spectrum Disorder


By Autism Partnership: Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D., Ron Leaf, Ph.D., and John McEachin, Ph.D.

With contributing chapters by: Marlene Driscoll, M.A. MFT, B.J. Freeman, Ph.D., Alyne Kuyumjian, M.S., Justin Leaf, M.A., Karen McKinnon, M.A., Tracee Parker, Ph.D., Julia Peacock, M.S., Jon Rafuse, M.A., Julide Saltuklaroglu and Andrea Waks, J.D.D.

"One of the most comprehensive and easy-to-use guides available for teaching social skills to children and youth with autism spectrum disorders. A valuable resource for teachers, clinicians, and families!" – Tristram Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center

"This is a terrific addition to the information available on how to teach social skills. The authors have outlined ways to teach social skills in social awareness, social communication, social interaction, social learning, and social relatedness." – Mary Jane Weiss, Ph.D., Director of Research and Training, The McCarton School

Written by a team of renowned professionals, this guide highlights skill development in clear and behavioral frameworks, and provides parents and teachers with a wealth of information regarding goals and strategies. Sub-skills, prerequisites, and methods of instruction are outlined for each area in a methodical, easy-to-read manner.

The book is practical in that it addresses real world issues such as teasing and bullying, conversational development, and social comprehension. Most individuals with ASD have substantial social challenges. Many receive good and thorough intervention in various areas of the curriculum, but few receive excellent instruction in social skills. This book will increase the quality of social skill instruction offered to learners on the spectrum.

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A Work In Progress

A comprehensive guide for any parent or professional working with Autistic children, A Work In Progress is an absolute must-have. Parents of newly diagnosed children and professionals looking for a concrete curriculum will find this book to be an invaluable resource. The two-part manual presents ABA-based behavioral intervention strategies along with a detailed curriculum that contains 54 clear, step-by-step exercises.

The first half of the book, entitled Behavioral Strategies For Teaching Improving Behavior of Autistic Children, gives parents practical, how-to information on setting up an ABA program and dealing with difficult behaviors. Topics covered include: teaching formats; stages of therapy; evaluation; reinforcement; working with older children; disruptive behaviors; behavior problems; self-stimulatory behaviors; sleep problems; toilet training; eating problems; as well as play and social skills. The second part of the book is a detailed curriculum titled Autism Partnership Curriculum for Discrete Trial Teaching with Autistic Children.

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Spanish Work In Progress

This is a complete curriculum that provides actual lessons with step-by-step instructions as well as creative ideas on how to make learning a natural progression. The curriculum covers the following areas: block imitation; motor skills; play; receptive labels; expressive labeling; emotions; functions; categories; prepositions; same vs. different; verb tenses; sequencing; peer interaction; cause and effect; along with many others. Emphasis is placed on learning in different settings, the importance of acquiring age appropriate skills and creating a home program that emphasizes the joy of learning.


In addition, there are seven appendices covering Curriculum Assessment, Daily Data Summary, Discrete Trial Data, Overview of Programs, Performance Evaluation, Program Description and Tracking Forms. These charts and lists are invaluable tools for keeping accurate data. This book is a wonderful resource for anyone who is facilitating a childs development and is looking to help him or her achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible.

Ron Leaf & John McEachin, Editors. Soft Cover, 400 pages.

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It's Time for School!
Building Quality ABA Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


Building Quality ABA Educational Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders
By Autism Partnership: Ron Leaf, Ph.D., Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D. and John McEachin, Ph.D.

With contributing chapters by: Marlena Driscoll, M.A., LMFT, Alicia Ellis, M.Ed., M.S., Craig Kennedy, Ph.D, Toby Mountjoy, Tracee Parker, Ph.D., Leticia Palos-Rafuse, M.S., Jon Rafuse, M.A., Rick Schroeder, Jennifer Sryzens, M.S., Andrea Waks, J.D.D., and Tammy White, M.Ed.

“A must read for all school administrators, special education staff and parents who have children with autism. . . . Required reading for all educators!”—Joanne D. Foland, Ed.D, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Los Alamitos Unified School District

“Gives detailed research-based strategies and key components in a clear, concise and easily replicable manner. . . . Follow the guidelines in this book to create and deliver high-quality student-centered programs, and track student progress to demonstrate accountability. From the critical components of imbedding ABA to the keys to a highly effective reinforcement program, this book contains the answers education professionals have been seeking. . . . An outstanding work.”—Mary Schillinger, Assistant Superintendent Education, Las Virgenes Unified School District

The editors of this book offer practical advice to special education directors and superintendents while providing extensive training to teachers, direct and supplementary service personnel and parents. It is an essential manual that demonstrates how to determine and optimize the best school placement for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) while ensuring quality and continuity of service. It’s Time for School! is sure to become the standard guidebook for setting up school-based ABA programs.

Topics include:

How to Establish an ABA Classroom
Developing Staff Skills, Workshops, and Classroom Checklists
Determining the Best Placement
Functional Behavior Assessment
Data Collection and Management
Explanation of Discrete Trial Training

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Sense and Nonsense in the Behavioral Treatment of Autism: It Has To Be Said

By Autism Partnership: Ron Leaf, Ph.D., John McEachin, Ph.D. and Mitchell Taubman, Ph.D.

With contributing chapters by: Danielle Baker, M.S., Jennifer Styzens, M.S., B.J. Freeman, Ph.D., Doris Soluaga Murtha, M.A., Andrea Waks, J.D.D., Toby Mountjoy, Sandy Slater, Ph.D., David Rostetter, Ph.D., Tracee Parker, Ph.D. and Andy Bondy, Ph.D.


“Leaf, McEachin, Taubman and their colleagues…provide the interested lay reader with a guidebook on how to think about some of the ‘too-good-to-be-true’ treatments for autism, and the questions one needs to ask to identify which techniques have a sound grounding in empirical research and which are based on hunches, hypotheses, or not yet validated clinical experience.”
Sandra L. Harris, Executive Director, Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

A renowned team of professionals sift the sense from the nonsense in assessing the approaches to the treatment of autism. In a field exploding with alternative treatments, choosing the best course of action for the child with autism can be a daunting task. The authors offer compelling practical evidence of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) as the most reliable approach to education, and provide a much needed antidote to other treatments lacking empirical data. The aim is to empower parents and professionals to ensure that their children receive quality educational programming. In supporting the notion that every individual must be approached according to their needs, goals and progress, this is a book written with knowledge and compassion for children, parents and professionals who deal with autism on a daily basis.

Topics include:

ABA as a Scientific Method
Alternative Treatments for ASD: What is the Science?
Home vs. School: Which Side Are You On?
ASD and the IEP
How Realistic is the Aim for “Recovery”?
Sense and Nonsense about Inclusion
The Road Map to Successful Integration

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