2nd Edition

Brenda Scheuermann, Jo Webber, Russell Lang

ISBN-13: 9781337564908
Copyright 2019 | Published
304 pages | List Price: USD $187.95

Engaging and reader-friendly, this text presents the vital material required by special educators to plan and implement effective programs that meet the needs of students with autism, specifically those who also have intellectual disabilities (ID). You'll find detailed information about evidence-based practices in the field of autism, beginning with an overview that discusses etiology, characteristics, diagnosis, and program considerations, followed by in-depth coverage of evidence-based teaching practices in a step-by-step format. The authors' optimistic viewpoint is grounded in the premise that applied behavior analytical interventions, if well planned and accurately implemented, will increase the potential for each student's independent functioning in integrated settings.


1. Overview of Autism.
2. Basic Behavioral Principles and Strategies for Changing Behavior.
3. Reducing Challenging Behaviors.
4. Deciding What to Teach: Curriculum Development.
5. Teaching: General Strategies.
6. Remediating Deficits in Speech and Language.
7. Remediating Deficits in Socialization.
8. Remediating Deficits in Life Skills.
9. Understanding Intervention Controversies.

  • Brenda Scheuermann

    Brenda Scheuermann is Professor of Special Education and Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Behavioral Disorders/Positive Behavior Supports at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. In addition to this text, she has co-authored two textbooks: POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS FOR THE CLASSROOM, 3rd Edition (Scheuermann and Hall, 2016; Pearson), and EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM: A QUICK START MANUAL (Webber and Scheuermann, 2008; Pro-Ed). She has also authored numerous journal articles in the area of behavioral disorders and positive behavior supports (PBS). Dr. Scheuermann's primary research focus is in the extension of Applied Behavior Analysis and PBS principles and practices with at-risk youth, particularly in alternative education and residential settings. She provides technical assistance in these areas to school districts in Texas and other states, and provides technical assistance and evaluation for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department's PBIS initiative. Dr. Scheuermann has received over $7.2 million in federal and state grant and contracts funding for research and training in PBS.

  • Jo Webber

    Jo Webber is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Special Education at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas, where she established and served as Director for the Career Alternatives in Special Education (CASE) Program and Texas Educators for Students with Autism (TESA) Program. She founded and directed the Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Support (CARES) and served as Associate Dean for the College of Education. She currently serves on the Executive Board of the Autism Treatment Centers of Texas and the Autism Society of Texas and consults statewide with schools and advocacy groups. In addition to this text, Dr. Webber has co-authored two books: EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH AUTISM: A QUICK START MANUAL (Webber and Scheuermann, 2008; Pro-Ed), and EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS: THEORY AND PRACTICE (Webber and Plotts, 2008; Pearson). She has written numerous articles pertaining to the education of students with autism and behavior disorders and remains dedicated to preparing outstanding teachers for students with disabilities.

  • Russell Lang

    Russell Lang co-authored the text EARLY INTERVENTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER (Lang, Hancock, and Singh, 2016; Springer) and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters focused on the education and treatment of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He is an associate editor for the Journal of Child and Family Studies, Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, and Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders and is a former co-editor-in-chief of Developmental Neurorehabilitation. Currently, Dr. Lang is the executive director of the Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation and Support (CARES), where his research agenda involves the application of Applied Behavior Analysis to remediate challenging behavior and teach play skills to children with autism.

  • Up-to-date content reflects the latest neurological and etiological research, diagnostic criteria and tools, and intervention research.

  • Substantial revisions reflect current understanding of the communication needs of children and youth with autism, applied behavior analytical language/communication interventions, and augmentative and alternative communication techniques.

  • Updated content reflects function-based approaches to assessing and designing interventions for challenging behaviors.

  • The authors give attention to critical issues and controversies in educational practices for children and youth with autism.

  • End-of-chapter summaries provide a recap of the chapter content and outline key points in an easy-to-digest format.

  • Lists of educational materials and resources direct teachers, other school personnel, and parents to additional sources of support.

  • Boxed material offers more detailed coverage of topics of interest, such as the biological basis of autism.

  • Written in a direct and reader-friendly style, the book presents comprehensive coverage of evidence-based educational practices based on applied behavior analysis (ABA), providing critical information for teachers, parents, and other caregivers.

  • Chapter opening features identify key learning objectives and provide an engaging preview of the content to come.

  • Vignettes show how teaching practices are implemented in the classroom, helping provide additional context and meaning to the content.

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