Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism

Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism

Author: Rebecca MacDonald, Ph.D., BCBA & Susan Langer, M.A., BCBA
Publishing Info: Paperback 137 pages / December 2017
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Discrimination skills enable us to tell one object from another, understand that different things have different names, and use those names to perform a wide range of cognitive and language skills, including following spoken instructions, communicating, and reading. Teaching Essential Discrimination Skills to Children with Autism outlines a systematic, evidence-based curriculum to promote children’s learning. Based on the authors’ thirty years of research, the user-friendly text and illustrative case studies cover:

Delivering effective instruction (repeat trials, brisk pacing, child’s active participation, reinforcement)
Types of discrimination skills (understanding differences, matching like to like, matching words to objects, following spoken-word instructions)
Prompting and prompt fading
Prerequisite skills (imitation, readiness to learn)
Overcoming barriers to learning (lack of scanning, low motivation)
Assessing a child’s entry level to the curriculum

Curriculum sequence, specific discrimination skills instruction, and remedial strategies Parents and educators can use this book to teach the foundational discrimination skills that help children become more proficient and independent in a variety of ways—using picture activity schedules and augmentative and alternative communication systems such as PECS, mastering more complex academic skills, and applying learning across many situations in their daily lives.