Autism Conversations: Evaluating Children on the Autism Spectrum through Authentic Conversations

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With the publication of the MIGDAS in 2008, Marilyn Monteiro introduced a revolutionary approach to diagnosing Asperger's Syndrome--an approach that has rapidly gained recognition and acceptance across the country (see page 20.) Now Dr. Monteiro addresses the entire autism spectrum in a new book, Autism Conversations, which presents a more authentic, individualized, and accurate way to evaluate children who may have autism or Asperger's Syndrome. Based on thousands of real-world evaluations, Autism Conversations opens up and improves the assessment process, looking at aspects of autism not adequately covered by current diagnostic criteria. The book demonstrates that conversation--among evaluators, teachers, parents, and children--is vital to accurate diagnosis. Using vivid case examples, Dr. Monteiro presents an evaluation approach that yields a detailed, nuanced picture of each child, leading to more individualized intervention. She also gently guides parents through the diagnostic process, which many find complicated and emotionally draining.

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Marilyn J. Monteiro, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and expert in diagnosing autism spectrum disorders. During her 25-year career, Dr. Monteiro has evaluated more than 4,000 children on the autism spectrum. Her clinical work focuses on evaluating children and training other professionals. She helps educators and clinicians across the United States better understand and use her methods for diagnosing and working with children on the autism spectrum and their families. Dr. Monteiro s published works include the book Autism Conversations: Evaluating Children on the Autism Spectrum through Authentic Conversations. The book was written for autism evaluators, the parents of children who might be on the autism spectrum, and members of the general public interested in autism. The book is available from the publisher Western Psychological Services. The test, Monteiro Interview Guidelines for Diagnosing Asperger s Syndrome: A Team-Based Approach (MIGDAS), is a qualitative interview protocol for clinicians who evaluate verbal children and adolescents who may have high-functioning forms of autism, including Asperger s Syndrome. The test is sold to professional evaluators by Western Psychological Services. Dr. Monteiro is a frequent speaker at state and national conferences, speaking on autism issues and autism evaluation. Dr. Monteiro continues to provide autism evaluations in schools throughout Texas, and she thoroughly enjoys having conversations with individuals on the autism spectrum. Education B.A. in Psychology and Education, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA M.A. in Psychology (Experimental Analysis of Behavior), Drake University, Des Moines, IA Ph.D. in Psychology (Applied Behavior Analysis), Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI Post-graduate Internship in family systems therapy, Southwest Family Institute, Dallas, TX Professional Organizations American Psychological Association (APA) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Autism Society of America (ASA) Texas Psychological Association (TPA) Texas Association of School Psychologists (TASP) Southwest Psychological Association (SWPA)

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Autism Conversations provides a best practice script and procedure, advice on materials to use during the diagnostic assessment, and a structure to explain and quantify the nature of autism as expressed by a particular child. Clinicians who have recently decided to specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders will greatly enhance their expertise using the advice provided within Autism Conversations. Advanced clinicians will also benefit from the ideas and explanations. There were many instances as I read the manuscript that I thought, What a great idea! I know that Autism Conversations will be read for advice, before and during a diagnostic assessment, and used to provide guidance when writing the report and discussing the results and implications with parents, teachers and colleagues. I recommend that each clinician has his or her own copy, because if this book is shared, whoever has Autism Conversations will be reluctant to part with it. --Tony Attwood, Ph.D. Author of Asperger s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals

Autism Conversations assists the entire team, parent included, in seeing beyond the child s suspected disorder and highlights their uniqueness and individual worldview. The book carefully guides the team through an experience that enables all too truly see the challenges a child may have, while providing in concrete terms, a plan of action that focuses on strength areas. This book is a must have for anyone who evaluates or works with families of students with a suspected autism spectrum disorder. --James Ball Ed.D., BCBA-D First Vice Chair, The Autism Society of America

WOW! I really wish there would have been a book like this when my son was younger. Dr. Monteiro speaks in terms that are understandable for parents, educators, and the medical profession and explains in detail significant information relating to autism. When my husband and I received our initial evaluation on behavior strategies for our son 10 years ago, we left the meeting confused and angry. We could not decipher what the report said and how it related to my son. Parents want to know that someone understands them and their child s diagnosis and is listening to their concerns. They want affirmation that their child s unique qualities are understood and make them special. This book gives the tools to deliver that. --Beth Susens, mother of child on the autism spectrum

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