Pre-Schoolers with Autism: An Education and Skills Training Programme for Parents : Manual for Clinicians

Pre-Schoolers with Autism: An Education and Skills Training Programme for Parents : Manual for Clinicians

Pre-Schoolers with Autism: An Education and Skills Training Programme for Parents : Manual for Clinicians

Pre-Schoolers with Autism: An Education and Skills Training Programme for Parents : Manual for Clinicians

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This programme is written specifically for parents and carers of young preschool aged children who have recently been diagnosed with autism.

Parents should be given the choice of bringing their child with them to the individual session. Our experience has been that some parents brought all their children with them, some just their child with autism and others preferred to attend without their child who they felt might be too distracting. Discuss this with each family before the programme begins. Alternative baby sitting arrangements may need to be made.

Choose a time for sessions which makes it possible for both parents to attend.

About the manuals

The programme has two volumes of the manual that are used together, one for the clinician running the programme and the other for the parents and carers attending the programme.

The Manual for Clinicians is written specifically for the clinician running the programme and has two sections. Section 1 contains information to brief the clinician on the aims, content and structure of each of the 20 sessions. There is also a list of 'things to do' that serves as a checklist for each session. Section 2 is the programme itself and replicates the information in the Manual for Parents. Page cross-references to the Manual for Parents are preceded by 'P' and the corresponding page cross-reference in the Manual for Clinicians are preceded by 'C'.

The Manual for Parents is written directly to the parent as reader. It contains educational and skills training material in the group session notes and homework tasks and worksheets for each individual session.

Each parent or carer attending the programme has a copy of the manual which they bring to each session. Homework tasks are completed by the parents and worksheets are filled in on the designated pages in their manual and brought to the individual sessions for discussion with the clinician. At the end of the programme, the parents therefore have the educational material discussed in the group sessions as well as their own record of the activities and homework tasks they have completed during the programme.

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