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Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and Other Special Needs: The Developmental Approach

Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and Other Special Needs: The Developmental Approach

Diane Cullinane

ISBN: 978-0-393-70925-4

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352 pages

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Behavioral Challenges in Children with Autism and Other Special Needs provides a systematic framework for both parents and professionals to understand and improve a child's behaviour, while also supporting underlying developmental capacities. Using a developmental, relationship-based framework, based on the DIRFloortime approach, the book guides the reader in how to understand a child's behaviour, respond to difficult behaviour in the moment, and then select appropriate goals and intervention strategies for a long term plan. The developmental framework is based on universal developmental principles, which are effective regardless of the child's particular age or disability. By recognising a child's developmental level of functioning, an adult can select strategies to effectively guide a child towards higher levels of relating, thinking and communicating.

This book offers a refreshing alternative to the rewards and consequences based teaching model to correct unwanted behaviour. The developmental approach is optimistic, building on a child's strengths, with a clear path to long term success. The outcomes of this approach are that a child develops positive self-esteem through a pattern of successful interactions and becomes warmly engaged with genuine care and respect toward others.