This manual is a user-friendly, comprehensive description of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) model of autism treatment-the latest scientific information on what truly works in treating autism in an integrated, organized, consumable format. The book details effective early behavioral intervention, covering topics such as challenging behavior, visual modification, parental involvement, improving language, cognition, and social skills, and ends with a section that explains how all of the treatments can be put together in real-life service provision organizations. The CARD model is highly comprehensive and provides useful clinical information to form cutting-edge treatment programs.
- Describes in detail the world-renowned, state-of-the-art CARD model of treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders
- Provides practitioners critical guidance in how to combine the best components into comprehensive treatment programs for individuals with autism that are not only backed by research, but also the most effective, and the least intrusive
- Includes practical information, presented in a user-friendly, professionally-oriented format, with tables, figures, and flowcharts to help guide real-life clinical decision making
1. Overview 2. CARD Philosophy and Mores 3. Combination and Hierarchy of Treatment Components 4. A Functional Approach to Challenging Behavior 5. Generalization and Maintenance 6. Visual Modifications 7. Training and Quality Control 8. Working Effectively with Other Disciplines 9. Parent Involvement 10. Standardized Psychoeducational Assessment 11. Technology 12. Introduction: CARD Curriculum 13. Language 14. Social Skills 15. Cognition 16. Executive Functions 17. Academics 18. Adaptive 19. Motor 20. Play 21. Settings 22. Job Descriptions 23. Case Management 24. Global Dissemination 25. Research
Jonathan Tarbox, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Program Director of the Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis program at the University of Southern California, as well as Director of Research at FirstSteps for Kids. Dr. Tarbox is the Editor of the journal Behavior Analysis in Practice and serves on the editorial boards of multiple scientific journals related to autism and behavior analysis. He has published four books on autism treatment and well over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters in scientific texts. His research focuses on behavioral interventions for teaching complex skills to individuals with autism, treatment of feeding disorders, and the application of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to applied behavior analysis.
Najdowski, Adel C.
Adel Najdowski, Ph.D., BCBA-D is an Associate Professor and Program Director of M.S. in Behavioral Psychology at Pepperdine University. Dr. Najdowski has provided ABA-based services to children with autism for 20 years. Between 2005 and 2010, she led the development of Skills®, an online curriculum for children with autism. In 2014, Dr. Najdowski co-authored, Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism: The CARD Model. She has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters in scientific texts, and articles in popular media. Dr. Najdowski has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Analysis in Practice and as a Guest Editor for a special issue in Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her current research interests include teaching higher-order skills to children with autism and assessment and curriculum design for children with autism.