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Relationships, Independence, and Communication in Autism and Asperger’s Disorder 

Relationships, Independence, and Communication in Autism and Asperger’s Disorder
Relationships, Independence, and Communication in Autism and Asperger’s Disorder

Lynn Kern Koegel

, Rosy M. Fredeen

, Robert L. Koegel

, and C. Enjey Lin

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date: 07 July 2020

Linguistic aptitude and communicative competence are critical to healthy relationships, gainful employment, and independence in adulthood. For individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), these are core deficits; therefore effective treatment in these areas is essential for a positive long-term outcome. This chapter discusses early childhood interventions that may be of particular importance to achieving long-term positive outcomes. It covers defining and measuring communication; communication and typical development; communication, socialization, and diagnostic criteria for ASDs; the history of intervention and pivotal response teaching; peer interactions; priming; incorporating ritualistic themes and using perseverative interests; clubs; video modeling; and self-management.

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