Autism Aspergers, Solving the Relationship Puzzle: A New Developmental Program that Opens the Door to Lifelong Social & Emotional Growth

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Future Horizons, 2000 - Family & Relationships - 186 pages
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Steve Gutstein, a psychologist and autism specialist, has dedicated his life to bridging the social gap between children with autism and the rest of us. The result of his efforts is an innovative program—Relational Development Intervention—that takes social skills teaching to the next level. First you'll learn about the social development pathway of neurotypical children and the life-changing detour taken by children on the autism spectrum. The Gutstein takes you beyond theory and describes practical ways to steer children with autism onto a path of self discovery and social awareness, one that will ultimately bring them home to meaningful friendships, shared emotions, and heartfelt connection with the people in their lives.

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  • Experience Sharing
  • Autism: Life Without Experience Sharing
  • Relational Development Intervention
  • Principles of Treatment
  • Laying the Foundation for Relational Development
  • Becoming an Apprentice
  • You & Me: Working Together as Partners
  • Sharing Our Worlds
  • Sharing Our Minds: The Inner Game
  • True Friends
 

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Contents

Isaac
1
Experience Sharing
7
Autism Life Without Experience Sharing
33
Relational Development Intervention
47
Principles of Treatment
67
Laying the Foundation for Relational Development Level One
81
Becoming an Apprentice Level Two
93
You Me Working Together as Partners Level Three
113
Sharing Our Minds The Inner Game Level Five
139
True Friends Level Six
155
Afterword
169
Glossary
173
Six Levels of Experience Sharing
177
Research on Social Development in Autism
181
References
183
Copyright

Sharing Our Worlds Level Four
127

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Prior to 1987, Dr. Gutstein was a nationally renowned developer of innovative clinical programs for children with high-risk conditions. In 1983, he received the largest grant ever awarded by the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, to develop a family-based intervention program for seriously suicidal adolescents. Dr. Gutstein earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. Between 1979 and 1987 he served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical School. During this period, Dr. Gutstein also served as the director of Pediatric Psychology for Texas Children's Hospital. He is currently Director of The Connections Center.

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