Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice eBook, 3rd Edition

Laura Hall

Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice eBook, 3rd Edition

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For characteristics and methods courses in Autism Spectrum Disorders.


With a solid emphasis on research, Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Theory to Practice offers a practical approach to teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing a step-by-step guide for assessment and progress monitoring, and outlining a variety of evidence-based practices organised by major theoretical perspective. Hall devotes a complete chapter to cultural and linguistic diversity and addresses ASD across the lifespan, including preschool, school-age, and transition stages.


Real-life In Their Words accounts give readers a first-hand look of what it is like to live with ASD. Updated with the latest research and strategies, the 3rd Edition includes a new chapter on systems of support for individuals with ASD and their families, new Sensory Considerations call-outs, and an enhanced focus on implementation science.

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Laura J. Hall began her work as an educator working for the Princeton Child Development Institute shortly after graduation. The excellent training and coaching in the implementation of applied behaviour analysis with learners with autism that she received inspired her to pursue further education. Her current research focus is on identifying strategies to improve the educator-learner interaction to increase effective implementation of evidence-based practices by educators working in schools.


She is a site Co-Principal Investigator on a multi-site federally funded RCT study of a comprehensive educational program for high school students with ASD. As Department Chair, for Special Education at San Diego State University, she works in collaboration with colleagues in the college, colleagues in the community, including parents of students with ASD, and, most importantly, new colleagues or graduates of the MA. Degree program with a specialisation in autism that she worked to establish at SDSU.


Follow up studies reveal that the graduates of this program remain in the field and sustain their use of evidence-based practices. This Masters Program is currently supported by federal grants from the Office of Special Education Programs. She is also the department liaison with the Behaviour Analysis Certification Board.

  • Provides a contemporary and research-based approach to teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders from established author, Laura J. Hall.

    • Keeps readers up to date with the most recent and ongoing research available through new suggestions for future research in each chapter.

    • Includes literature reviews of all content areas as well as evidence-based descriptions of the identification of practices and strategies, as determined by the National Standards Project and the National Professional Development Center on ASD.

  • Covers ASD across the lifespan by addressing a variety of environments such as working with young children and their families in the home, working with school-age students in educational settings, and working with young adults in the community.

  • Offers a unique look at ASD and cultural and linguistic considerations throughout the text to help all practitioners be sensitive, knowledgeable, and aware of the influences of culture and language, as well giving them the tools to implement culturally responsive strategies.

    • Details systems of support for individuals with ASD and their families in a new Chapter 10. The chapter focuses on the influence of culture and how to work with families from diverse backgrounds, the importance of collaboration within and across systems, the importance of advocating for policy, and a history of examples of parent-initiated efforts that have resulted in policy change.

  • Organises evidence-based strategies by theoretical perspective including physiological, applied behaviour analysis, developmental, social-relational, and cultural theoretical perspectives.

  • Uses real quotes, stories, interviews and comments to explore what it is like to live with ASD through captivating In Their Words accounts.

  • Captures the history of the field by examining how the philosophies, policies, and research outcomes have evolved over time through the Evolution of Practices / Events feature found in most chapters.

  • Features relevant strategies and practical examples for working with people who have ASD throughout the entire text.

  • Highlights practices that have been used to address sensory issues, such as hyper or hyposensitivity to sensory stimuli, in Sensory Considerations examples in each chapter.

  • Focuses on implementation science in Chapter 3 where best practices in implementing evidence-based practices through collaboration of stakeholders is discussed.

Table of contents
  • Chapter 1. Classification and the Physiological Approach   
  • Chapter 2. Assessment     
  • Chapter 3. Effective Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices  
  • Chapter 4. Applied Behavior Analysis: Key Concepts and Foundational Strategies  
  • Chapter 5. Applied Behavior Analysis: Principles in Practice           
  • Chapter 6. Developmental, Social-Relational, Transactional, and Other Approaches 
  • Chapter 7. Focus on Communication         
  • Chapter 8. Building Social Skills and Social Relationships  
  • Chapter 9. Transition to Adulthood
  • Chapter 10. Systems of Support for Individuals with ASD and their Families