Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family's Triumph Over Autism Short Essay - Answer Key

Catherine Maurice
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1. Why does Bernard Rimland write the foreword?

Bernard Rimland writes the foreword to the book because he is a leading authority in autism. He was also chosen because he was a mentor to Catherine as she worked to recover her children from autism, so the two have a professional and friendly relationship. He is also one person who encouraged her to write a book in order to help other parents.

2. What is behavior modification?

Behavior modification is a form of intensive therapy used with autistic children. It involves many hours of one-on-one therapy, but also involves everyone in the child's life, ensuring that the work with the child continues outside of the therapy room. The program uses positive reinforcement to increase desired behaviors and negative reinforcement to decrease undesirable behaviors. By using words (telling the child what to do), modeling (showing the child what to do), and prompting (encouraging the child to do it), the therapist and family members work to remodel the child's behaviors.

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