First Steps in Intervention with Your Child with Autism: Frameworks for Communication.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Johnson, Rebecca
Pub Date: 04/01/2011
Publication: Name: British Journal of Occupational Therapy Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd. ISSN: 0308-0226
Issue: Date: April, 2011 Source Volume: 74 Source Issue: 4
Topic: NamedWork: First Steps in Intervention with Your Child with Autism: Frameworks for Communication (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Prevezer, Wendy; Chandler, Susie; Christie, Phil; Newson, Elizabeth
Accession Number: 254827356
Full Text: FIRST STEPS IN INTERVENTION WITH YOUR CHILD WITH AUTISM: FRAMEWORKS FOR COMMUNICATION. Phil Christie, Elizabeth Newson, Wendy Prevezer and Susie Chandler. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2009. 12.99 [pounds sterling]. 208 pp. ISBN 978-1-84905-011-1

This book is written to address one of the major difficulties children with autism face: developing social empathy The book supports individual early intervention in order to progress early communication skills

The text provides an overview on understanding autism and guides the reader through topics such as interactive play, teaching pointing, understanding language, developing spoken language and sharing conceptual play The chapter on 'The beginnings of structure' was of most relevance to occupational therapy practice This chapter aims to explain why children with autism struggle with 'making sense' of the world, and how to go about supporting children with self-organisation within the environment through using key words, simple signing, introducing visual cues and time tables, as well as the important role of using time tables for structuring play and learning. Unfortunately, the chapter does not expand into structuring activities of daily living and only lightly throughout the text are the communication opportunities in self-care activities touched upon.

The book provides a lovely, gentle way of comparing typical development of childhood communication to those with a diagnosis of autism. It is very easy to read and interweaves practical activities and strategies. Essential strategies are reinforced in subsequent chapters. The text acknowledges and provides some important strategies on obtaining attention, yet readers need to read around ways to help a child achieve a calm/attentive state to interact in communication activities.

The book is perfect for parents looking to understand a child who has a diagnosis of autism, and ways they can help develop the child's communication. It is an appropriate text for occupational therapists and other professionals who are new to working with children with autism.

Rebecca Johnson, Occupational Therapist, Children's and Young People's Occupational Therapy Department, Coventry Community Health Service.
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