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The Key to Autism

An Evidence-based Workbook for Assessing and Treating Children & Adolescents

Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBA
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Mar 15, 2016
PESI Publishing
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The Key to Autism is an invaluable and comprehensive resource for any professional assessing and treating autism in children and adolescents. Filled with dozens of case examples, exercises to understand how the brain with autism works, the latest tools for screening and assessment, and “how-to” sections for applied behavior analysis (ABA), this workbook is the key to understanding the minds of children and adolescents with autism.

  • Over 25 downloadable worksheets and activities you can use immediately!
  • The latest autism research and proven assessment methods
  • Evidence-based practical strategies for:
    • Social communication
    • Self-regulation
    • Solving challenging behaviors
    • Improving organization
    • Creating a positive environment



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Cara Marker Daily, PhD, BCBA, is a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 20 years of experience providing assessment and treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with autism in the home, school, hospital and community settings. She works directly with educators, speech/language pathologists, occupational therapists, BCBAs and other professionals. Dr. Daily is the president and training director of Daily Behavioral Health, a leading behavioral health provider in northeast Ohio specializing in assessment, consultation, and treatment of autism, anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders. She is the founder and executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center, which has received numerous grants to provide free and reduced cost applied behavioral analysis services to individuals with autism.

Dr. Daily has written several cognitive-behavioral and behavioral-based curriculums focusing on teaching daily living skills to children with autism and published a peer-reviewed journal article supporting evidence for success of these programs. She has presented nationally on topics of autism, disruptive behaviors disorders, anxiety and chronic health conditions in the pediatric population. Dr. Daily has been featured in radio, television, and other media platforms in northeast Ohio. She is the author of The Key to Autism: An Evidence-Based Workbook for Assessing and Treating Children & Adolescents (PESI, 2016).

Dr. Daily received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of South Carolina, and completed an internship in Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at The Children’s Hospital at The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Daily is a member of the Department of Pediatrics at Fairview Hospital at the Cleveland Clinic, the American Psychological Association, the Ohio Psychological Association, and the Christian Association of Psychological Studies.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Cara Marker Daily is the president/training director for Daily Behavioral Health, Inc.  She is the founder/executive director of the Building Behaviors Autism Center.  She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties. Dr. Daily receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Cara Marker Daily is a community advisory board member of the Fairview Hospital. She is a board member for Building Behaviors Autism Center. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Ohio Psychological Association.



"Dr. Daily's book is written with remarkable clarity, and will be a wonderful, frequently used resource for professionals, parents, and learners with autism. She provides a unique blend of conceptual and practical information, with an up-to-date account of the DSM-5 and all details related to coding. Her perspective of the way people with autism process information is a testament to her extensive professional experience and her understanding of living, thinking and breathing with autism. Dr. Daily's case studies, valuable teaching tips, and elaborate resources are a true gift to this field."
-Aletta Sinoff, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCBA-D, COBA

"Dr. Daily has put together an excellent collection of best practices for working with children with autism. Therapists, educators and parents will value the detailed interventions as well as the excellent case studies and worksheets."
-Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, Author of Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies

"Key to Autsm is a must-read for professionals working in the field of autism and Dr. Daily has much to share in her 20+ years of experience working alongside individuals with ASD. It is three books in one -- a handbook about autism, an overview of empirically supported treatments, and an applied treatment workbook -- she has left no stone unturned!"
-Tracy Masterson, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

"While Dr. Cara Daily wrote The Key to Autism as a guide for professionals who assess and treat children and teens with autism spectrum disorders, her extraordinarily clear and practical style of communication has resulted in a book for anyone...parents, educators or family members seeking to fully understand the "whys" and "hows" of a much misunderstood condition. The Key to Autism offers as clear and concise a summary of evidence-based practices for evaluation and treatment as one could hope for." 
-Stephen Grcevich, MD, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, President and Founder, Key Ministry

"Having been an educator for more than forty years, I am so glad to have Dr. Cara Daily as a colleague. Her ability to reach autistic children is amazing. This book is a fabulous resource for professionals in the autism community. It is well written and easy-to-understand with both an explanation of ASD and treatments that really work."
-Carole Richards, President, North Coast Education Service


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