Autism Spectrum Disorders

Michelle S. Ballan

in Evidence-Based Practice in School Mental Health

Second edition

Published in print May 2019 | ISBN: 9780190886578
Published online August 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780190943851 | DOI:

Series: SSWAA Workshop Series

Autism Spectrum Disorders

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This chapter examines the literature on children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders in school-based settings. Reasons for the increasing prevalence rates are explored along with the challenges of differential diagnosis. The often unrecognized and undertreated mental health conditions that accompany autism spectrum disorders are discussed. The school mental health professional’s role in assessment and intervention is addressed, with attention paid to the use of response to intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders. The targeted classroom interventions of schedules, story-based interventions, modeling, and joint attention are reviewed. Opportunities to further support students with autism spectrum disorders are identified in collaboration with parents, teachers, and the community at large.

Keywords: autism spectrum disorders; collaboration; differential diagnosis; joint attention; modeling; response to intervention; schedules; schools; social stories; story-based interventions

Chapter.  15218 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Child and Adolescent Social Work ; Couple and Family Social Work ; Mental and Behavioural Health

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