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Off to a Good Start.

Off to a Good Start

Kathleen M. Feeley & Emily A. Jones

Woodbine House

6510 Bells Mill Road, Bethesda, MD 20817

9781606132876, $29.95, PB, 400pp,

Synopsis: In "Off to a Good Start: A Behaviorally Based Model for Teaching Children with Down Syndrome: Teaching Programs" Kathleen M. Feeley (Director of the Center for Community Inclusion, Long Island University) and Emily A. Jones (Licensed Behavior Analyst and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Queens College) share the compelling research about the benefits of using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) methods with children with Down syndrome, describe ABA principles and procedures, and provide the ABA-based curriculum they've used for nearly 20 years to successfully teach infants through kindergartners with Down syndrome.

"Teaching Programs" shows readers how to teach hundreds of essential skills using proven discrete-trial methods with prompts and reinforcement rather than the more informal ways that people typically teach children with Down syndrome and covers: Background information on how the teaching programs are structured, how to progress through them, and how to use the included planning and tracking forms; How to organize materials and yourself, and work teaching into your day; General information on enhancing the learning environment and helping your child learn throughout the day (e.g., positioning your baby, keeping the environment stimulating, being responsive, ensuring that reinforcement is actually reinforcing, using visual schedules and token systems).

Also presented is: Comprehensive information on teaching specific skills to children in four age groups: infants & toddlers, early childhood, preschool, and kindergarten; within each age group, skills are divided into motor, social-communication, cognitive, and self-help development, and organized into teaching programs with specific steps to teach each skill; Using prompts and reinforcement to shape desired behavior and skills; How to minimize behavior which interferes with learning such as distracting parents/teachers with attention-seeking cute behavior, escaping from demands, or tuning out; Using behavior modification tools: functional behavior assessment and positive behavior support to manage behavior as the child gets older; How to access community resources and opportunities including early intervention, parent groups, inclusive recreational activities, scoping out preschool and kindergarten programs, understanding special education rights, and communicating with teachers and group leaders about ways to include your child.

Critique: An ideal curriculum textbook for both classroom teachers and involved parents of preschool and elementary school Down syndrome children, "Off to a Good Start: A Behaviorally Based Model for Teaching Children With Down Syndrome: Teaching Programs" is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Down Syndrome Education instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.

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Title Annotation:Off to a Good Start: A Behaviorally Based Model for Teaching Children with Down Syndrome
Publication:Internet Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2019
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