Autism - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080250830, 9781483153384


1st Edition

New Directions in Research and Education

Editors: Christopher D. Webster M. Mary Konstantareas Joel Oxman
eBook ISBN: 9781483153384
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1980
Page Count: 304
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Autism: New Directions in Research and Education presents the results of research on autism and the experiences of the families of autistic children, as well as the trials and tribulations of a psychologist working with an autistic child. The successes and failures of educational programs are discussed, followed by a detailed and helpful account on the value and limitations of a method of teaching language through simultaneous use of signs and speech. This monograph consists of 25 chapters and opens with an overview of the various behaviors likely to be exhibited by autistic persons, along with the theory of autism. It then considers a person's presentation about stuttering in relation to early infantile autism. An important point emphasized throughout this work is that an autistic child can be helped only if a serious attempt is made to see the world from his point of view, so that the adaptive function of much of his peculiar behavior can be understood in the context of his handicaps. The following chapters explore individual differences in the acquisition of sign language by severely communicatively-impaired children; the autistic child's disturbances of perception, speech, and language; and the nature and relevance of simultaneous communication with autistic children. This book should prove useful to clinicians, researchers, parents, teachers, and students.

Table of Contents




Part I—Autism: A Perspective

Preliminary Comments

1. The Characteristics of Autism

2. Autism: A Search for a Perspective

3. Then There Was Joey

Part II—The Family Perspective

Preliminary Comments

4. The Family Phenomenon

5. "The Runaround": How Parents View the Professional's View of Their Autistic Child

6. A Hope That Is Not Conditional

7. A Sibling's View

Part III—Programs

Preliminary Comments

8. Educating the Autistic Child: Some Ideas and Inspirations from the Misses Keller and Sullivan

9. Family Work: Some Case Examples and Implications for the Design of Family-Centered Programs

10. Where are They Now and How are They Faring? Follow-up of 51 Severely Handicapped Speech-Deficient Children Four Years after an Operant-Based Program

11. Kerry's Place: An Educational Program for Autistic Adolescents in a Rural Setting

Part IV—Additional Notes on Programs for Autistic Children

Preliminary Comments

12. A Negative Reaction to the Use of Electric Shock with Autistic Children: A Personal Note

13. How to Fail as Director of a Program for Autistic Children

Part V—Research Methodology and Experimentation

Preliminary Comments

14. Comments on Research Strategy

15. Measuring and Promoting Social Activity in Children with Severe Communication Disorders

16. Some Experiments to Determine the Perceptual Capacities of Autistic Children

17. To What is the Autistic Person Responding: Notes on the Problem of Isolating the Sources of Behavioral Control

Part VI—Simultaneous Communication with Autistic Children: A New Approach

Preliminary Comments

18. Gestures as a Means of Communication with an Autistic Boy: A Case Study

19. An Alternative to Speech Training: Simultaneous Communication

20. Individual Differences in the Acquisition of Sign Language by Severely Communicatively-Impaired Children

21. Teaching Sign Language: Some Practical Advice

Part VII—A Theory of Autism: Further Research Developments

Preliminary Comments

22. The Perception and Processing of Information by Severely Dysfunctional Nonverbal Children: A Rationale for the Use of Gestural Communication

23. Autism and the Condon Effect: An Elaboration of the Evidence with Additional Hypotheses and Suggestions for Educational Programs

24. Further Research into the Nature and Relevance of Simultaneous Communication with Autistic Children

25. Simultaneous Communication: Work in Progress


Name Index

Subject Index

About the Contributors


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About the Editor

Christopher D. Webster

M. Mary Konstantareas

Joel Oxman

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