The Autism Workbook
In my newest therapy manual, The Autism Workbook, I’m sharing what YOU need to know in order to develop speech therapy treatment plans for toddlers and preschoolers with autism. This includes those formally diagnosed, as well as toddlers and preschoolers who have red flags for autism but are not yet diagnosed with anything beyond language delay. These ideas may also help children who are not talking and have a few “quirks” or characteristics of autism that need to be addressed.
In this workbook, learn the twelve most important areas to assess and address communication skills in very young children with autism or red flags for ASD.
At the heart of this process is asking and answering the right questions about a child with autism.
For each of the focus areas, you’ll find a one-page summary and a list of questions to help you determine if the focus is right for your particular child. As you continue to read each chapter, you’ll find even more questions to answer to help you tease out priorities so that you’ll know where you should begin working with very young children based on their own personalities and preferences, in addition to what they can and can’t already do. This is how we truly create an effective, individualized treatment plan and make sure we are starting in the right place.
If you’re working with a young child with autism who hasn’t made significant progress, chances are, you’re working on the wrong things! Let me help you get back on track!
I can teach you how to develop speech therapy treatment plans for toddlers and preschoolers with autism today. Order your copy now!
In my newest treatment manual, I’m sharing what YOU need to know in order to work with toddlers and preschoolers with autism. This includes those formally diagnosed, as well as toddlers and preschoolers who have red flags for autism but are not yet diagnosed with anything beyond language delay. These ideas may also help children who are not talking and have a few “quirks” or characteristics of autism that need to be addressed.
12 Key Focus Areas
In this workbook, we will discuss twelve focus areas to assess and address communication skills in very young children with autism or red flags for ASD. These first seven areas are the most important or “big picture” areas for language development. I refer to these areas as “core skills” because you will likely need to develop, or at least strengthen, each area for almost every toddler or preschooler with autism or red flags for ASD. These will be your key components for establishing a comprehensive speech therapy treatment plan to improve overall communication skills. The next five approaches will be necessary for some young children with ASD depending on very specific challenges and their continued struggles to make gains in the core areas. These areas are found in the second section of this manual.
Help! I’m overwhelmed!
Because looking at several different interventions at one time can be overwhelming, especially for parents who are starting to work with their own children at home, I have included a one-page summary sheet for each of the focus areas here in this chapter so that you can read through all twelve areas and determine where you’ll start.
I can help you plan!
Here’s what’s included on the one-page summary sheets:
- A brief description of the focus area.
- A list of considerations to help you decide if this approach is appropriate for a child’s treatment plan. You’ll learn when an approach is especially useful and when it’s usually not useful.
- A list of questions to help you think about the child’s strengths and needs in each area.
- Recommendations for getting started.
- Initial activity suggestions.
Where Do I Start?
Once you’ve selected the specific Focus Area (or two) you’ll work on first, flip to that chapter and get going! At the beginning of every chapter, you’ll find another copy of the one-page summaries to refresh your memory followed by:
- A list of potential goals.
- A section highlighting the differences noted in very young children with autism for Focus Areas 2-12.
- Detailed discussion of the focus area.
- Instructions for implementing the intervention.
- A more specific list of questions in “workbook” format so that you can jot down your answers for contemplation during planning.
- Additional recommendations for selecting a starting point, if needed.
- More activity options when I think you’ll benefit from additional ideas.
- Troubleshooting and what to try if things aren’t working and you need to “back up.”
- Guidance for knowing when a child is ready to move on to a new focus area or when it’s best for you to stick with the focus area for a while longer.
Once you’re finished planning, I’ll teach you what to do!
I’m going to do my best to explain what to do and how to do it so that you feel empowered as you put together a plan for a child! As therapists and parents, we need ideas (and lots of them!) to help us know where to begin and then to keep us on track and moving forward.
Order your copy today!