Book Focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorders

HATTIESBURG, MS (THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI) – Dr. Frances A. Karnes, Distinguished University Professor of Gifted Education at The University of Southern Mississippi and Dr. Kristen Stephens, assistant professor of practice at Duke University, have co-edited another mini-series book published by Prufrock Press.

"Enhancing Communication in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders" presents an overview of impairments in communication among children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). A variety of techniques for implementing interventions are highlighted, including applied behavior analysis, token economy systems, and social skills groups, among others.

The authors are Southern Miss assistant professor of psychology and child clinical psychologist Dr. Tammy Barry and Southern Miss clinical psychology doctoral students Stephanie Bader and Theodore Tomeny.

The book also outlines specific interventions for communication for nonverbal children, children with limited verbal communication and high-functioning verbal children with idiosyncratic communication styles. Issues with facilitated communication and other alternative therapies are also addressed.

For more information on this book, or about gifted education programming and research conducted through the Karnes Center for Gifted Studies, call 601.266.5236; online, visit

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