Initiations and Interactions
Research shows that parents are the best teachers!
Research shows that an early start is the key to successful intervention for children with an autism spectrum disorder. Research also shows that for most early intervention programs to be effective, they must involve a child's primary caregivers, especially when it comes to communication. Without adding to parents' already busy schedules,
Cardon, a speech language pathologist, discusses the importance of creating a communication environment in the home. Simple, everyday tools include deliberate use of books, toys, visual schedules, and labeling among others.
Initiations and Interactions Early Intervention Techniques for Parents of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders does not advocate that parents steer clear of therapists and specialists. Instead, it puts more control in the parents' hands.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Teresa Cardon, PhD, CCC-SLP, is the Director of the Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism at Utah Valley University. She has worked with individuals on the autism spectrum for more 16 years in a variety of settings, including public schools. A well-respected researcher and practitioner, she has assisted thousands of families and their children as they work to improve their social communication skills. The author of Top Ten Tips: A Survival Guide for Families With Children on the Autism Spectrum, Teresa provides interactive and motivating workshops on a variety of topics internationally.