Autism and Developmental Disabilities: Current Practices and Issues

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Emerald Group Publishing, 2008 - Education - 285 pages
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Examines real life reflections on Autism Spectrum Disorders, the practices and issues related to assessing, instructing and life-long planning for individuals with autism. This book provides information on identification, characteristics, diagnosis; special, general, early and post-secondary education; and quality of life concerns.

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Chapter 1 The Challenge of Social Competence for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders ASDs
Chapter 2 Curriculum Innovation to Educate Students with Autism in General Education
Chapter 3 Implementing Social Skills for Students with Autism
Chapter 4 Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Chapter 5 Recent Developments in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders
Barriers to Diagnosis
Chapter 7 Issues Pertaining to Siblings of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Chapter 8 Reflections on the School Experiences of a Student with Autism Spectrum Disorders
An Emerging Field for Children with Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 10 SelfDetermination and Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 11 PostSecondary Planning for Students with Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 12 Employment and Retirement Concerns for Persons with Developmental Disabilities
Chapter 13 Using Assistive Technology to Educate Students with Developmental Disabilities and Autism

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Festus E. Obiakor, Ph.D., is Department Head and Professor, Early Childhood and Special Education, Dewar College of Education and Human Services, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. A teacher, scholar, and consultant, he has served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at a variety of universities. Heis the author of more than 150 publications, including books, articles, and commentaries; and he has presented papers at many national and international conferences.He serves on the editorial boards of reputable nationally and internationally refereed journals, including Multicultural Learningand Teaching (MLT)in whichhe serves as co-executive Editor. Obiakor is a leader whohas been involved in many landmark scholarly works in the fields of general and special education, with particular focus on African American and other culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners and he continues to prescribe multidimensional methods of assessment, teaching, and intervention for these individuals. Based on this premise, hecreated the Comprehensive Support Model (CSM), an intervention model that values the collaborative, consultative, and cooperative energies of students, families, teachers/service providers, communities, and government agencies.

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