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Charting the Course for Treating Autism in Children: A Beginner's Guide for Therapists

Charting the Course emphasizes an all-encompassing approach to working with autistic children, their parents, siblings, family members and others involved in their lives. Forms are included in the book, and an accompanying CD, to be used as tools for establishing therapeutic relationships while charting the course of treatment.

While this book is targeted toward mental health professionals, it has also proven to be a valuable resource for parents who seek a better understanding of the ideal therapeutic process for their child and family.

“When a therapist gets lots in the details of a family interview, everyone begins to feel overwhelmed, maybe even confused. Having a book that outlines necessary steps is a saving grace. If you are a therapist who needs help with interviewing the family, conducting a sound assessment, developing a treatment plan, interviewing the child, and setting boundaries, objectives, and future goals, this book is for you. Working with children on the spectrum takes a lot of patience and experience, and Kelly and Plunkett D’Avignon can help you prepare.” — PsychCentral

“[A]n extremely helpful new book . . . [V]ery useful for parents, caregivers and educators in understanding the actions of children on the autism spectrum.” — Parenting Press Newsletter

“Therapists entering the world of autism need a clear and accurate guide to understanding children who, at times, seem to belong to a different culture. The explanations and advice provided by Kelly and D’Avignon are based on their considerable experience, wisdom, and thorough review of the literature. Therapists from a range of disciplines—new to the world of autism, as well as seasoned travelers such as myself—will gain knowledge and insight, both valuable and enjoyable.” — Tony Attwood, PhD, Chairperson, The Minds and Hearts Clinic, Brisbane, Australia; author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

“A marvelous book both for beginning therapists and experienced ones, this volume provides a readable, highly useful introduction to intervention in autism. With chapters speaking to students, parents, and siblings, the book provides a thoughtful approach to developing a treatment plan as well as preparing for the future. It will be an invaluable guide for years to come.” — Fred R. Volkmar, MD, Chief of Child Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

“” — Richard Bromfield, PhD, Harvard Medical School, author of Doing Therapy with Children and Adolescents with Asperger Syndrome

“A practical outline for working with a high functioning autistic person that clearly spells out the differences required in employing a therapeutic process that fits both their general profile and their particular individual needs. Both new and seasoned therapists can learn a lot from this book. The forms fit the theory. Use them!” — Elsa Abele, CCC, SLP, Pragmatic Language Consultant; Associate, Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Antioch University NE

“The community of psychotherapists working with clients with autism spectrum disorder is fortunate that this book has been written. In careful step-by-step explanations, readers are led through explanations of terms, causes of the disorder, and recommendations for its remediation. Avoiding the thickets of medical terminology that have plagued earlier works, this book strikes straight to the heart of the matter. Of particular value are the 12 exemplars of agreements, forms, and checklists found in the appendices. If a part of your practice involves treating ASD, this is the book for you.” — John Dacey, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Boston College; author of Human Development Across the Lifespan and Your Anxious Child