Navigating Communication Services and Supports for Your Young Child with Autism
Let's Talk
Early Childhood, Communication and Language

This friendly, accessible guidebook helps parents of young children with autism evaluate evidence-based communication interventions—and choose the best ones for their child.

71202 978-1-59857-120-2
2016 240
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Communication is often a parent's number-one concern when a young child is diagnosed with autism. With so many interventions available, how can families be sure they're choosing the best option for their child? This accessible, straightforward book gives you the practical knowledge that you need to evaluate communication therapies and treatments—and make sound decisions rooted in evidence-based practice. A practical resource from trusted experts on autism and communication, this book covers everything from autism fundamentals to the specifics of developing an individualized treatment plan for children birth to five. With the research-based knowledge and real-world guidance in these pages, you will be a well-informed advocate ready to provide the best support for your child on the spectrum.


  • arm yourselves with essential knowledge about autism and how it's diagnosed
  • understand the range of social communication behaviors you might see in your child
  • learn the how and why of developmental assessments
  • choose evidence-based treatments and interventions that address your child's specific communication needs
  • support your child's development of key skills, such as motor imitation, joint attention, play, and spontaneous communication
  • make the most of available educational services, including IEPs and IFSPs
  • partner effectively with SLPs, OTs, special educators, and paraprofessionals
  • navigate the complex emotions associated with a child’s autism diagnosis

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: A sample Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) Form, a Setting Events-Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence Chart (SABC), helpful glossaries of educational terms and evidence-based practice terms, sample Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)

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1. What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and How is it Diagnosed?

2. What Are the Characteristics of Young Children with ASD?

3. What Are the Social Communication Symptoms of ASD and How Are They Evaluated and Treated?

4. What Types of Professionals Work with Children with ASD?
Appendix 4A: Example Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA) Form
Appendix 4B: Setting Events-Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence Chart (SABC)

5. What Types of Educational Services are Available for Children with ASD?
Appendix 5A: Glossary of Educational Terms
Appendix 5B: New York State Early Intervention Program Individualized Family Service Plan
Appendix 5C: Sample Individualized Family Service Plan
Appendix 5D: Sample Filled-In Individualized Education Program (IEP)

6. How to Choose Interventions and Treatments for Children with ASD
Appendix 6A: Glossary of Evidence-Based Practice Terms

7. What Are the Most Effective Communication Interventions for Young Children with ASD?


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Mary Cowper, Midwest Book Review - March 25, 2016
"Impressively well written, deftly organized and presented, Let’s Talk is ideal for ordinary parents seeking to do what is best and most helpful with respect to an autistic child."
Susan Kapoor, mother of two young boys on the spectrum, homemaker and (to my sons) dragon slayer - July 7, 2015
“It is impossible not to feel a sense of wellbeing and optimism after reading this book. The authors really 'get' the anxiety and hopelessness parents often feel, and do a lot to allay their fears with hard facts and useful advice.”
Rebecca Landa, Director, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD), Kennedy Krieger Institute - July 1, 2015
“A comprehensive and informative book … Trustworthy answers and explanations are provided about the characteristics of autism and the services that many families of children with autism will seek.”
Patricia Prelock, University of Vermont - June 22, 2015
“Represents a truly family-centered approach to explaining ASD for parents of children with ASD. The content is rich but accessible to parents, and successfully guides the reader from the process of assessment and diagnosis to selecting interventions and navigating services.”
Travis Thompson, University of Minnesota - June 17, 2015
“Uniquely promotes integration of Applied Behavior Analysis and SLP strategies in supporting communication by students with autism … The authors deserve high marks for effectively translating their speech-language research expertise into accessible language applicable to families' daily lives.”
This book may be appropriate for courses similar to those listed below:

Topics in Autism Spectrum Disorders (SPHP 142)
Developmental Language Disabilities (CSD 762)
Human Development and Family Studies (HUSC 4682)
Communication Disorders in the Schools (Educational Setting) (SHLD 790)
Using Assessment for Intervention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (DSAB 321)

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