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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: A Visual Guide, Volume I

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Autism Spectrum Disorder in Young Children: A Visual Guide is the first in the series addresses the need for early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by providing instruction in how to observe key behaviors in young children to help make a judgment about possible autism. ASD is no longer seen as a rare condition but one that can affect any family in any walk of life. Parents are usually the first to realize something is "different" about their child but often have to wait for months or even years before a professional provides them with a diagnosis and guidance for all-important early intervention. For this reason the more individuals who can contribute to early identification of young children with ASD the better.

This DVD addresses this need by providing explicit instruction in how to observe key behaviors in young children to help make a judgment about possible autism. Extensive video illustrations are from home movies of children with autism spectrum disorder with comparison to typically developing children filmed for this project. Volume 1 presents an overview of issues in detecting ASD in young children and a review of the three symptom domains of Social Interaction Communication and Repetitive Behaviors. Subsequent volumes treat each of these three domains in greater detail.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction and Overview 
  • Overview of Visual Guide Series and Volume 1 
  • Overview of autism spectrum disorders in young children 
  • Social Interaction Overview
    • Social behavior elements
      • Seeking proximity 
      • Eye contact 
      • Monitoring faces and eyes 
      • Sharing 
      • Affect signaling 
      • Affect imitation
      • Turn-taking 
      • Social Functions
      • Initiating responding 
  • Maintaining Communication Overview
    • Communication modalities and their coordination:
      • Eye contact gesture and vocalization 
    • Intentional communication: 
      • Request comment 
      • Negate protest 
      • Greet, answer and acknowledge 
    • Atypical communication
      • Echolalia scripting 
      • Atypical babbling 
      • Instrumental communication 
      • Unusual prosody 
      • Joint attention 
  • Restricted and Repetitive Behaviors Overview; 
    • Organization model 
    • Repetitive Behaviors
      • Seeking and avoiding sensation 
      • Seeking visual stimulation 
      • Interest in cause-effect mechanism and parts of objects 
      • Seeking to maintain sameness 
      • Areas of high interest and ability 
  • Conclusion 

For professionals-in-training across pediatric healthcare and child development professions this training complements course instruction and clinical rotations. For established professionals it enhances previous training. For those in a position to refer a child's family for evaluation the DVD provides clear examples of what to look for when observing their child. 

Available As: DVD
Produced by: Patricia Towle Ph.D. Clinical Child Psychologist Westchester Institute for Human Development University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
Running Time: 90 minutes

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