‘Bridging the gap between research and practice sounds easy but can be immensely challenging. In this thoughtful and accessible book, Lila Kossyvaki uses her personal experience to show how research can truly inform real world practice to benefit children with autism and a range of learning difficulties. This book will be of interest and utility to researchers, practitioners and parents alike.’ - David Preece, Associate Professor, University of Northampton, UK.
‘This book will contribute to the field of research into practice for autism and many other communication difficulties for many years. It is a treasure trove for anyone embarking on research in this field. The central premises of increasing the spontaneous initiatives of children along with the focus on the co-creation of new knowledge are important.’ - Hilary Kennedy, Educational Psychologist, Lead Developer of Video Interaction Guidance , Honorary Senior Lecturer, UCL, UK.
'Lila Kossyvaki’s Adult Interactive Style Interventions (AISI) is a timely reminder that if we’re going to teach children with autism how to communicate effectively, it takes two to talk. That is, that adults who are working with children who will by definition struggle with communication, must be aware not only that they hold the key, but how to use that key to unlock the potential riches. When one considers that the book also contains considerable, very well researched yet easy to read backgrounds and explanations of every autism intervention known to man, this becomes a must have book for teachers, support workers, therapists, carers, parents and researchers working in the field of autism.' – Peter Imray, Special Educational Needs Training and Advice, UK.
'Writing up research done for a PhD in a way that will appeal to more general readers is a real challenge. This book reflects the author’s passion to communicate the findings from her ground-breaking doctoral research in a way that is accessible and practically useful for a range of professionals. I hope that teachers and others are excited by the changes which Lila and the staff she worked with saw in the communication of some very hard to reach children, and inspired to try the methods she has developed for themselves. Lila has certainly provided all the information which anyone who wants to try out Adult Interactive Style Intervention for themselves will need. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is concerned to increase the communication and social of children with learning difficulties and autism.' - Jean Ware, Reader in Education (Special Educational Needs), Bangor University, UK.show more