Autism Conversations

Evaluating Children on the Autism Spectrum through Authentic Conversations

Author(s) : Marilyn J. Monteiro

Publisher : WPS, 2010

SKU : 5252BK

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With the publication of the Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing Aspergers Syndrome (MIGDAS) in 2008, Dr. Marilyn Monteiro introduced a revolutionary approach to diagnosing Asperger's Syndrome.

In her book Autism Conversations, Dr. Monteiro addresses the entire autism spectrum, presenting a more authentic, individualised, and accurate way to evaluate children who may have Autism or Asperger's Syndrome.

Based on thousands of real-world evaluations, Autism Conversations opens up and improves the assessment process, looking at aspects of autism not adequately covered by current diagnostic criteria.

The book demonstrates that conversation-among evaluators, teachers, parents, and children-is vital to accurate diagnosis. Using vivid examples, Dr. Monteiro presents an evaluation approach that provides a detailed picture of each child, leading to more individualised intervention.

In this book you'll learn:

  • How to use a visual framework to help all parties concerned understand the diagnosis
  • How to explain the differences in language, social, and sensory development typical of children on the autism spectrum
  • How to engage children who may not respond to normal conversational cues
  • How to use sensory toys to discover each child's unique way of relating to the world
  • How to form trusting relationships with parents and teachers

The book includes instructions for creating a clear and specific portrait of each child, tips for writing compelling narrative reports (full of descriptive detail about each child's behaviour) and guidelines for developing individualised recommendations for both parents and teachers.

Autism Conversations addresses the needs and concerns of all those involved in the evaluation process, and practitioners and parents alike will find it an indispensable guide and resource.

Marilyn J. Monteiro