Examining five promising methodologies for treating children with autism spectrum disorders
Shore, Stephen Mark
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Through written survey and recorded interviews a snapshot in time was taken on how theorists of five promising approaches- Applied Behavioral Analysis, TEACCH, Daily Life Therapy, Miller Method, and DIR- think about children on the autism spectrum. Some of the findings include agreement on the need for a better definition of autism, the need for treatment-based research for developing and maintaining best practice, that the diversity of needs of people on the autism spectrum requires a wide range of approaches, and a general sense that people with autism have many valued strengths to contribute to society. Other findings include extensive use of non standardized assessments along with judicious employment of standardized instruments. Finally, all the theorists - some of home have spent more than 4 decades helping children with autism - all feel that the work they have done can be useful to youth with other challenges as well.
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