There are a number of different approaches and therapies available for children, young people and adults on the autistic spectrum, and the amount of information available on each one can be daunting for professionals and parents alike. Autism, Educational and Theoretical Approaches offers concise and clear explanations of a variety of proposed interventions and their effectiveness, and helps the reader to decide on the most appropriate treatment for each individual.

Efrosini Kalyva provides accessible information about recent scientific evidence and the latest research, and allows you to consider the pros and cons of each approach. She focuses on the following areas:

cognitive-behavioral approaches; developing social interaction; alternative communication strategies; developing play; sensory-motor approaches; psychotherapeutic approaches; biochemical approaches

This much-needed guide for practitioners and student teachers will also appeal to interested parents, and to anyone looking for a comparative examination of the variety of treatments on offer.

Approaches for Developing Social Interaction

Approaches for developing social interaction

Chapter Overview

Children with ASD face severe problems in social interaction with peers and adults, mainly due to their inability to read and comprehend social cues, social situations and other people's intentions (Bellini and Peters, 2008; Mundy and Stella, 2001). This chapter looks at ways to improve socialisation at home and at school, which in turn may reduce the experiences of social rejection and isolation, and promote social-emotional inclusion, which is as important as academic inclusion. I refer to two approaches that can be employed either at school or at home, Social Stories and the Circle of Friends.

Social Stories

Carol Gray (1994) developed an approach called ‘Social Stories’ in order to address the social and communicative problems of ...

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