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The School Practitioner’s Concise Companion to Mental Health$
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Cynthia Franklin, Mary Beth Harris, and Paula Allen-Meares

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195370584

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370584.001.0001

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Effective Interventions for Students With Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Effective Interventions for Students With Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

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(p.143) 9 Effective Interventions for Students With Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
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The School Practitioner’s Concise Companion to Mental Health
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Michelle S. Ballan

Karen S. Hoban

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370584.003.0009

This chapter discusses interventions for school-aged children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). These include: applied behavior analysis, a discipline devoted to understanding the function behind human behavior and finding ways of altering or improving behaviors; discrete trial training, which involves breaking skills into the smallest steps, teaching each step of the skill until mastery, providing lots of repetition, prompting the correct response and fading the prompts as soon as possible, and using positive reinforcement procedures; pivotal response training, which aims to apply educational techniques in pivotal areas that affect target behaviors; and psychopharmacology.

Keywords:   autism spectrum disorders, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, school-based intervention, school social work, applied behavior analysis, discrete trial training, pivotal response training, psychopharmacology

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