Books on Educating Autistic Students

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Abeles, Jennifer
This powerful, comprehensive guide to autism intervention and education will empower you with the skills and motivation to foster success in young people with autism. Each page is packed with an uplifting blend of practical strategies, experience-based wisdom, and heart-fueling inspiration that will help caregivers and professionals apply the techniques and attitudes that have made author Jennifer Abeles one of the most respected professionals in the autism community today. Her unique, effective, child-centered approach to autism has already improved the lives of countless individuals living with autism. Your child or student is next! Let the Autism Angel be your guide and inspiration as you journey into The Heart of Autism.

Adams, Marilyn Jager
Phonemic awareness is the first step in any child's journey to literacy, and more than 25% of all children don't master it by third grade. Specifically targeting phonemic awareness, this program helps young children learn to distinguish the individual sounds that make up words and affect their meanings. With the unique screening method that accommodates up to 15 children at a time, educators can gauge the general skill level of the class and identify children who may need additional testing. And teachers can choose from a range of activities to use with the whole class-from simple listening games to more advanced sound manipulation exercises such as rhyming, alliteration, and segmentation. The perfect complement to any school's language curriculum, this program takes only 15-20 minutes a day.

Anderson, Stephen
Learning self-help skills (eating, dressing, toileting, and personal hygiene) can be challenging for people with autism, but is essential for independence. SELF-HELP SKILLS FOR PEOPLE WITH AUTISM thoroughly describes a systematic approach that parents and educators can use to teach basic self-care to children, ages 24 months to early teens, and even older individuals. With an encouraging tone, the authors--behavior analysts and psychologists--emphasize that it's worthwhile to devote the extra time and effort now to teach skills rather than have your child be forever dependent on others. The many case studies throughout SELF-HELP SKILLS depict individuals with deficits in specific self-care tasks, and demonstrate how a coordinated and systematic approach is effective in teaching more complex skills. For example, a 12-year-old with the self-feeding skills of a toddler (who was excluded from the school cafeteria), is taught to stay at the table to eat a full meal using utensils. The book's beginning chapters explain the teaching process in detail: Specify the target skill to be taught after prioritizing the self-care tasks that are most important and will likely have the greatest success rate; Use task analysis to break complex skills into a series of small steps that will later be linked together to form the more complex skill; Apply a systematic approach to instruction that consistently employs proven methods for teaching people with autism including verbal prompting, reinforcers/rewards, chaining, graduated guidance, shaping, modeling, visual supports, etc.; Monitor progress by collecting and analyzing data; Modify the approach as needed to achieve the target goal. A chapter is devoted to each of the four skill areas (eating, dressing, toileting, personal hygiene) offering detailed insight and specific instruction strategies. Appendices contain forms to complete for task analyses, instructional plans, and data collection.

Anderson, Winifred
Now in its third edition, Negotiating the Special Education Maze is one of the best tools available to parents and teachers for developing an effective education program for their child or student. Every step is explained, from eligibility and evaluation to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and beyond. This edition covers changes in disability laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It reviews early intervention services for children from birth to age three, and for those who have young adults with special needs, it also covers transitioning out of school. AUTHOR BIO: Winifred G. Anderson, Stephen R. Chitwood, and Deidre Hayden all worked previously at the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC), a training and information center for families and professionals who work with children and youth with disabilities in Alexandria, Virginia. PEATC was founded by Anderson and Chitwood. The authors continue to work in the field of special education and the law.

Arwood, Ellyn Lucas
Children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often present parents and educators with perplexing symptoms. Even though the skills of children with ASD can range from very high to very low, they have similar underlying learning systems. Knowledge about these learning systems helps provide direction for choosing effective assessment and intervention methods for helping individuals with ASD learn to behave, to perform academically, and to become socially competent. This book is unique in that the authors are recommending strategies based on the language of the way individuals with ASD learn. Even though many scholars recognize that individuals with ASD use "visual" ways of thinking, most fail to realize that a visual mental language is different from the visual sensory system of seeing something. The book is divided into three sections. Section One (Chapters 1-5) is about the learning system. Section Two (Chapters 6-9) connects the learning of a child with ASD to how the child performs behaviorally, academically, and socially. Finally, Section Three (Chapters 10-15) provides intervention strategies for helping a person (child or adult) with the visual brain characteristic of ASD to fit into an auditory culture.The strategies are language-based and take into consideration the complexity of the underlying biological learning system.

Aspy, Ruth
The Ziggurat Model is a valuable resource for public school professionals who must remain in compliance with federal and state guidelines. Specifically, recent trends in special education law emphasize the use of scientifically based research approaches along with a focus on Response to Intervention (RTI). Additionally, there is a strong push for incorporating positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) based on a functional behavioral assessment. The Ziggurat Model is consistent with these practices. The Ziggurat Model is unique. While it is easy to find volumes of information describing specific interventions, it is difficult to find information on how to develop an intervention plan. This book presents a process and framework for designing comprehensive interventions for individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorders. The Ziggurat Model was designed to simplify a complex process. Parents and professionals will find the framework of the Ziggurat Model to be a guide in developing more thorough and effective interventions. The book includes assessment tools, case scenarios, and many interventions that were developed with their needs in mind. The Ziggurat Model foreword is written by Dr. Gary Mesibov, Director of Division TEACCH.

Baker, Jed
A comprehensive resource for students on the autism spectrum preparing for life after high school, best-selling author/counselor Dr. Jed Baker offers "life skills training" on subjects such as non-verbal cues, body language, dealing with anger, frustration and anxiety, as well as building and maintaining friendships, roommates, and intimate relationships. He focuses on conversational and employment skills, ways to balance work/school with family demands, and problematic areas such as finances, emergencies and transportation matters. The assessment tools he provides for parents and the analysis of the laws that provide accommodations to adults with disabilities are critical for success in life after high school.

Barbera, Mary
The Verbal Behavior (VB) approach is a form of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), that is based on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior and works particularly well with children with minimal or no speech abilities. In this book Mary Lynch Barbera draws on her own experiences as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and also as a parent of a child with autism to explain VB and how to use it. This step-by-step guide provides an abundance of information about how to help children develop better language and speaking skills, and also explains how to teach non-vocal children to use sign language. An entire chapter focuses on ways to reduce problem behavior, and there is also useful information on teaching toileting and other important self-help skills, that would benefit any child. This book will enable parents and professionals unfamiliar with the principles of ABA and VB to get started immediately using the Verbal Behavior approach to teach children with autism and related disorders.

Bartlett, Larry Dean; Weisenstein, Gregory R.; Etscheidt, Susan Larson
This book outlines and explains the requirements of special education law as it applies to regular and special education. It tackles the difficult and sometimes complicated issues of inclusion, student discipline, IEP development, transitioning, and working with parents. Its strength is presenting special education law in easy-to-understand language and its use of best practices in implementing the law. Inclusion Basics; Working with Parents and Parent Rights; Due Process Hearings, Mediation, and Complaints; Identification and Evaluation of Students; Individualized Education Programs; Placement; Preschool and Infant and Toddler Programs; Secondary School Considerations; Discipline; Student Relationships; Staff Relationships and Staffing Patterns; Budget and Funding; Autism; Emotional Disturbance/Behavior Disorders (EBD); Mental Retardation/Mental Disabilities (MD); Specific Learning Disability (LD); Orthopedic Impairment/Physical Disabilities; Speech or Language Impairment; Other Health Impairment (OHI); and Low Incidence Disabilities.

Bateman, Barbara
A guide to quick and effective writing of accurate and measurable IEP goals and objectives. IEPs are necessary, required by law and when done properly can be extremely helpful in guiding the student's educational trajectory. This book, written by two of the foremost special educators and IEP legal experts is designed to bring you up to speed whether you're just entering the field or have worked in it for years.

Bateman, Barbara D.; Linden, Mary Anne
Reviewing and drafting IEPs can be very daunting. This book helps the reader (whether parent, school official, or legal professional) understand the IEP process.

Bateman, Barbara D.; Linden, Mary Anne
Reviewing and drafting IEPs can be very daunting. This book helps the reader (whether parent, school official, or legal professional) understand the IEP process.

Ben Arieh, Josefa
This book provides a detailed and comprehensive description of how to organize a classroom for a student with autism. Teachers will find tips on creating a supportive environment, using visual strategies and tools, and selecting curriculum resources, as well as specific strategies for teaching new skills, promoting independence, and facilitating integration in the general education curriculum. Novice teachers who work with students with autism will be able to pick up the book and follow the step-by-step instructions, thus ensuring that students are provided with the most up-to-date services in the field. Numerous sample materials and reproducible data collection forms make this guide an extremely useful tool for the classroom educator.

Betts, Stacey
Asperger Syndrome in the Inclusive Classroom offers support and practical techniques for teachers who work with children with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Based on the successful experiences of classroom teachers, and written from a teacher's perspective, this book provides creative and easy-to-apply strategies that support and encourage AS students in the mainstream classroom, from organization and time management techniques to framing classroom instructions to make lessons more accessible for children with AS. The authors' straightforward, practical advice relates to every part of the school day and includes advice for teaching specific subject areas. They give tips on helping students navigate the school environment, how to handle social situations like lunch and breaks, and what to do during unstructured periods. This book is essential reading for teachers and school staff who want to fully include AS students in the classroom.

Blakemore, Sarah-Jane; Frith, Uta
Forced learning, or "hot-housing", of infants has become increasingly popular in recent years - but does it work? The plasticity of the adolescent and adult brain is becoming gradually acknowledged by brain scientists. What does this say about lifelong learning? In this groundbreaking book, two scientists take stock of what is now known about how and when the brain learns, and consider the implications of this knowledge for educational policy and practice. Blakemore and Frith break new ground by drawing out the relevance of brain research to education. After reviewing brain development and learning from infancy, through school years to adolescence and adulthood, they explore how the brain can change and learn at any age. They consider naturally learned skills, such as emotional and social competence, and formally taught skills, such as reading, writing and arithmetic. They also take a look at the potential of new ways to improve learning, including physical and mental exercise, sleep and diet. An important part of the book deals with brain research on learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, attention deficit and autism, and how this research can inform remedial education. This landmark book will be of interest to students of psychology and education, teachers, psychologists, educational policy-makers, and parents.

Bowen, Maggie
A growing number of students with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) are educated in general education settings. To support them effectively and maximize their learning potential, it is essential that all school staff fully understand their needs. This complete training package demonstrates the value of using self-evaluation tools to improve services, and includes: * Guidance on delivering professional development to ensure inclusive practices schoolwide * Activities and case studies to facilitate discussion * Discussions of issues related to School Access Plans and the Disability Equality Duty * Advice on useful resources, literature, and Web sites * A CD-ROM with PowerPoint slides. Teachers, SENCOs, and management staff in primary and secondary schools will find this an essential training resource.

Breakey, Christina
This guide for professionals working with students with autism spectrum conditions (ASCs) in further education meets the increasing demand for information and support on this subject. Christine Breakey provides useful guidelines and practical advice on teaching young adults successfully and confidently, emphasising the development of resources and practical skills for use specifically in FE colleges. The author covers all the key areas and offers strategies and solutions for communicating effectively, helping students to manage transition, and understanding and minimising the causes of ASC behaviours as well as teaching social skills and ASC self-awareness. The Autism Spectrum and Further Education will be a vital resource for professionals in FE institutions who have to meet the needs of young adults with ASCs.

Breitenbach, Marlene
This book is an easy-to-use, informal assessment tool that brings method to the madness of classroom assessment. It focuses on pre-academic, readiness, and academic skills expected from learners in the early elementary years. Author and experienced teacher Marlene Breitenbach developed these helpful checklists in special-needs and inclusive classrooms while serving children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The checklists have been used by resource teachers, special educators, mainstream teachers, and paraprofessionals. Simple, customizable charts make it easy to record children's progress in skill areas such as basic concepts, reading/language, math, fine motor, and independence. Great for one-on-one or group assessment! These checklists will help educators: - Identify current skills and problem areas - Develop appropriate, realistic learning objectives - Create individualized programs - Monitor and measure progress over time - Assess over 40 skills!

Brewer, Robin
Convenience is a luxury that most parents and educators don't experience often. Strategies at Hand reintroduces the much-valued concept of convenience to parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and related professionals who work with students with autism spectrum disorders. It features easy-to-implement strategies that can be used in all types of educational settings and situations. This at-your-fingertips tool is broken down into five color-coded sections that are easy to locate and use: Learning Environments (classroom, field trips, etc.), Areas of Student Need (communication, behavior, etc.), Transitions (substitute teachers, school assemblies, etc.), Alphabetical Explanations of Terms (functional behavioral assessment, picture communication systems, etc.), and Resources and References. The bookmark size and unique binding of Strategies at Hand make for a format that lends itself to be stuck into a smock, apron, or pant pocket. The authors created Strategies at Hand so that tried-and-tested strategies and tips would be handy semester after semester. In support of this goal, the slim pages are coated to withstand the wear and tear of constant use.

Briggs, Frieda

Broun, Leslie
This valuable resource provides a methodology that focuses on visual learning, and is especially significant for those students having difficulty learning to read through a traditional auditory, sound-based approach. In addition, this book -Includes explicit direction for the instructional steps to be taken and the kinds of visual materials that can be created and used to build skills -Packed with strength-based strategies and reinforcement activities for the development/acquisition of literacy skills -Designed for students with special learning needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Down Syndrome -Embraces the basic tenets of Universal Design for Learning.

Browder, Diane M.
This timely volume provides a complete guide to designing and implementing personalized curricula for K-12 students with moderate and severe disabilities. The author delineates a comprehensive assessment model that provides a framework for pinpointing educational priorities, planning instruction in specific areas, and evaluating student progress.

Campbell, Jonathan
Mental health professionals and educators are increasingly being asked to evaluate and assess children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) as the number of children with these disorders increases. This timely and important book provides practical guidance on how to organize and conduct assessment activities with a purpose, based on the goals of the evaluation. It features case study material to illustrate test use and clinical assessment for all aspects of psychological assessment. In addition, it covers ASDs with younger/older and high/low functioning individuals. Applied developmental psychologists, child psychologists, school psychologists, as well as special education teachers and other school personnel will benefit from this book.

Chassman, Marilyn
One-on-One Working with Low-functioning children with autism presents structured learning activities, step-by-step, for students who are non-compliant and have minimal skill repertories.

Cipiani, Ennio
Triumphs in Early Autism Treatment offers a wealth of insight and hope to both parents and clinicians. This book documents the latest research that shows that children who receive Applied Behavioral Analysis treatment consistently progress in skill development. This groundbreaking treatment has allowed numerous children to reach the "best outcome status," a level of normal intellectual and educational functioning. In essence, they become indistinguishable from their peers in everyday life. A must-read for parents and clinicians, this book is the first to document "best outcome" case studies using exclusively ABA treatment.

Cohen, Jeffrey
The relationship between schools and parents of children with autism spectrum disorders needn't be adversarial. Many parents enter any meeting with teachers, administrators or school officials with 'guns a' blazing,' ready for a fight before there is a need for one. In this book, Jeffrey Cohen, author of The Asperger Parent:How to Raise a Child With Asperger Syndrome and Maintain Your Sense of Humor, offers advice on how to build a team to help your child through the trials and tribulations of school, something doubly difficult for children with autism spectrum disorders.Teachers, administrators, professionals and many parents contribute ideas and offer advice on topics ranging from home schooling to transition plans to college. It's never easy, but it doesn't have to be unpleasant and combative. Holster those weapons, and try a more successful approach!

Committee on Educational Inverventions for Children with Autism; National Research Council Staff
Autism is a word most of us are familiar with. But do we really know what it means? What we do know is that children with autism are challenged by the most essential human behaviors. Autism generally has lifelong effects on how children learn to be social beings, limiting their ability to take care of themselves and to participate in the community. Education is the primary form of treatment for this mysterious condition. This means that we place important responsibilities, not only on schools and teachers but also on children's parents. Educating Children with Autism outlines an interdisciplinary approach to education for children with autism, while also exploring the educational options that have proved to be most effective.

Couwenhoven, Terri
Parents of children with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities are accustomed to paying close attention to their child's physical, cognitive, and emotional development. This proactive approach should also include their child's sexual development, which for many parents may not seem as obvious or urgent, especially to those with young children. Drawing on her unique background as both a sexual educator and mother of a child with Down syndrome, the author blends factual information and practical ideas for teaching children with Down syndrome about their bodies, puberty, and sexuality. This book gives parents the confidence to speak comfortably about these sometimes difficult subjects.

Cowlishaw, Kitt; Dowty, Terri
School can be a nightmare for children on the autistic spectrum. Far from learning social skills at school, they may find themselves in a hostile environment where they suffer teasing, bullying, and social isolation. Homeschooling can provide a positive - and workable - alternative. In this sympathetic and readable book, parents who homeschool their children with autism or Asperger Syndrome tell their personal stories: how they reached the decision to educate at home, how they set about the task, and how it changed their children's lives. A chapter on getting started answers frequently asked questions about teaching materials, curricula and socialization.

Coyne, Barbara
This inspiring resource shows parents of children with disabilities how to obtain the educational services their children rightfully deserve. It examines the internal workings of the education system, reveals the challenges that await, lists the services that are available, and discusses the rights that are federally guaranteed. Complete with a resource list, directions for filing a complaint, and explanations of relevant legislation and regulations, this powerful handbook can make a difference for parents as well as educators.

Coyne, Phyllis; Nyberry, Colleen; Vandenburg, Mary Lou
This book fills the gap with excellent information on assessment, appropriate exercises and essential components of teaching this skill. It is also loaded with games and defined activities that will interest and motivate most children with autism.

Cumine, Val
This is a clear and concise guide to effective classroom practice for teachers and support assistants working with children with Asperger Syndrome in mainstream schools and other non-specialist settings. The authors outline the underlying impairments and their educational implications, and consider the issues of assessment and diagnosis. They offer practical strategies for effective and realistic classroom intervention, including access to the National Curriculum, and consider the behavioral challenges the child with Asperger Syndrome may pose.

deBoer, Sonia
Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism helps special education teachers and other education professionals to establish, implement, and maintain a successful inclusion program for children in the autism spectrum. The book begins by outlining the overall program components that need to be in place to initiate and establish an effective inclusion program. It then guides readers step-by-step through the process of implementing and maintaining the program, giving specific information on a variety of topics such as key roles and responsibilities, ongoing program assessment, and evaluating student progress. De Boer also provides proven techniques for working with ASD students, and includes in the book scores of helpful forms and checklists that facilitate implementation of the inclusion process and evaluation of students' progress within the inclusion program.

Distin, Kate
Gifted Children is a lively and informative exploration of the mystery of the gifted mind and the social and emotional needs of gifted children and their families. The authors give an insight into what is 'normal' for gifted children, acknowledge the difficulties they experience, and offer pointers for parents on how to support them at home, in the interaction with siblings and other family members, and at school. The authors identify self-acceptance and communication with others as key skills for gifted children, whose exceptional abilities in fields ranging from music and maths to linguistics and art are often complicated by poor social skills, dyslexia or other difficulties. This excellent book, written by counsellors who are also parents with first hand knowledge of living and working with gifted children, is an accessible and positive guide full of constructive advice and encouragement for other parents. It includes practical information such as useful contact details, as well as opportunities for reflection.

Docking, Jim; Macgrath, Michelle
The original edition of this book made accessible to primary school teachers and student teachers the means of putting many of the Elton Report's findings into practice. The author's philosophy on behavior management still stands, but the ideas have been revised and updated to take account of more recent thought about good practice in primary education and the management of schools today. The book suggests tried and tested strategies for forestalling behavior problems through thoughtful class management and lesson planning; responding positively to behavior incidents; communicating positive expectations; and enhancing pupil motivation. There are useful checklists throughout and material for experienced staff as well as for students and newly qualified teachers.

Downing, June; Eichinger, Joanne; Demchak, Maryann
Now in its second edition, this best-selling resource gives educators all the latest wisdom on including students with both sensory impairments and cognitive and physical disabilities. Packed with practical information and ideas, the updated edition features a new chapter on assessment, information on IDEA 1997 and new regulations, strategies like block scheduling and service learning, separate chapters on middle and high school, and coverage of today's hot topics, including literacy in all its forms. Educators will learn about compatible teaching methods for students with and without disabilities, the roles of peers and adults in the inclusion process, and how to adapt curricula and instructional techniques for students having significant challenges.

Doyle, Mary Beth
For inclusive classrooms to succeed, paraprofessionals and educators must work together effectively and truly understand each other's specific roles and responsibilities. The second edition of this best selling, easy-to-use workbook helps them do just that, with creative activities, personal stories, objectives, and planning guides that you can work through as a team! Based on reader feedback from the first edition, this edition includes field-tested activities and guidance, new case studies, improved photocopiable forms, and much more.

Edwards, Andreanna; Dineen, Tom, Illustrator
This book educates children about autism, a complex and often misunderstood condition. Told by Angel, whose friend Sam is autistic, the story describes what life is like for a child who lives with autism.

Ernsperger, Lori
The Keys to Success was written as a practical, step-by-step guide to educating students with autism. This much needed resource unlocks the secrets of six critical teaching elements, including creating an effective classroom environment, curriculum level.

Fad, Kathleen M.; Moulton, L. Rozelle; Oling, Tom, Illustrator; Hergenreder, Andrea, Illustrator
Designed to provide parents and educators with information concerning some of the numerous options available in educating children and adults with autism.

Fein, Deborah
Children with autism spectrum disorders are increasingly being educated in inclusive general education classrooms. For optimal results, teachers need to know as much as possible about autism and the teaching methods and modifications that work best for these students. This is a huge undertaking for time-crunched general education teachers, many of whom may never have had a student with autism before. Now teachers can turn to Autism in Your Classroom for the information and guidance they need. Written by two neuropsychologists with extensive clinical and classroom experience, this new book is a concise, easy-to-read guide developed for primary school teachers (grades K- 6).

Flowers, Toni
In a style that combines practical instruction with chicken-soup-for-the-soul inspiration, Flowers provides a treasure of tips and tools on how to communicate effectively in "autism-speak"; design effective classrooms and learning environments; create schedules that make sense to students; use creative cueing to reinforce lessons; inspire students to achieve their full potential. Flowers' palette of teaching techniques includes real-life case studies and examples of classroom challenges and how to solve them. Her holistic approach is designed to help you enhance and make sense of the kaleidoscope of behaviors in each of these colorful individuals.

Ford, Alison
A comprehensive handbook that focuses on the importance of not only integrating all students regardless of ability in a public school setting, but also on the need to teach them skills that are directly related to the expectations and demands of the community at large. Serving learners from kindergarten through age 21, this field-tested curriculum is a must for professionals and parents devoted to directly preparing a student to function in the world. It examines the role of community living domains, functional academics, and embedded skills, and includes practical implementation strategies and indispensable information for preparing students whose learning needs go beyond the scope of traditional academic programs.

Fouse, Beth; Zysk, Veronica, Editor
This book has been written to provide parents, administrators, and educators of students with autism the necessary information and skills to meet the challenges of the Individual Educational Program (IEP) process. Although it should be especially helpful to parents of children who have been recently diagnosed as having autism or other pervasive developmental disorders, it also contains helpful information for parents and educators who have more experience dealing with the IEP process. The book takes readers through the child-centered educational process from the stages of initial diagnosis to implementation and monitoring of students' individualized educational programs. The book provides practical suggestions for parents and school districts based on federal and state legislative requirements, case law, and the many years of experience the author has in working with the IEP process as a teacher, special education administrator, regional special education consultant, and a university instructor.

Gagnon, Elisa
'POWER CARDS capitalizes on the strong interests of individuals with AS to motivate and help them learn.' Diane Adreon, Associate Director- Center for Autism, University of Miami

Gardner, Howard
Howard Gardner's brilliant conception of individual competence has changed the face of education in the twenty-three years since the publication of his classic work, Frames of Mind. Since then thousands of educators, parents, and researchers have explored the practical implications and applications of Multiple Intelligences theory--the powerfulnotion that there are separate human capacities, ranging from musical intelligence to the intelligence involved in self-understanding. The first decade of research on MI theory and practice was reported in the 1993 edition of Multiple Intelligences. This new edition covers all developments since then and stands as the most thorough and up-to-date account of MI available anywhere. Completely revised throughout, it features new material on global applications and on MI in the workplace, an assessment of MI practice in the current conservative educational climate, new evidence about brain functioning, and much more.

Gargiulo, Richard M.
This engaging text, designed for students of special and general education, provides comprehensive coverage of human exceptionalities across the life span. It employs a traditional organization beginning with four foundations chapters covering such important topics as the history of special education, key litigation and legislation, including up-to-date coverage of the reauthorization of the IDEA, service delivery models, cultural and linguistic diversity, and a full chapter on parents and families. Nine "categorical" chapters, each of which follows a common format, follow these chapters. The book features a strong emphasis on inclusion with coverage of inclusion in each of the categorical chapters. Each categorical chapter also features sections on transition, multicultural consideration, and use of technology.

Goldstein, Sam
Distills the most recent and relevant findings regarding behavior management, offering practical suggestions for using new techniques in the classroom. Defines and discusses learning, language and motor skills disorders. Addresses the concept of temperament and its impact on children's behavior and personality. Covers problems of anxiety, depression and shyness as well as more pervasive disorders including Tourette's Syndrome and autism. Features a detailed review of effective and ineffective management strategies in the classroom.

Greene, Ross
Dr. Ross W. Greene presents an enlightened, clear-cut, and practical alternative. Relying on research from the neurosciences, Dr. Greene offers a new conceptual framework for understanding the difficulties of kids with behavioral challenges and explains why traditional discipline isn't effective at addressing these difficulties. Emphasizing the revolutionarily simple and positive notion that kids do well if they can, he persuasively argues that kids with behavioral challenges are not attention-seeking, manipulative, limit-testing, coercive, or unmotivated, but that they lack the skills to behave adaptively. And when adults recognize the true factors underlying difficult behavior and teach kids the skills in increments they can handle, the results are astounding: The kids overcome their obstacles; the frustration of teachers, parents, and classmates diminishes; and the well-being and learning of all students are enhanced. In Lost at School, Dr. Greene describes how his road-tested, evidence-based approach -- called Collaborative Problem Solving -- can help challenging kids at school.

Greenspan, Stanley
Nature or nurture. One of the most intense debates in understanding the development of the human mind is whether cognitive ability is based in genetics or developed through learning experiences. While biology clearly plays a part, recent neuroscience research shows that the interactions experienced during infancy and childhood can actually change the physical structure and wiring of the brain. Does this mean many children with developmental and learning disorders--such as autism, PDD, language and speech problems, ADD, Down syndrome and others--can make greater progress than previously thought? The pioneering work of Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder strongly supports this prospect.

Greenspan, Stanley
The inspiring success of Dr. Stanley Greenspan's unique approach to autism and ASD (autistic spectrum disorders) is known to grateful parents and to professionals throughout the world. Now at last his highly effective and influential program is presented in one clear and accessible volume. A number of innovative, exciting features distinguish Greenspan's approach to autism: First, his program has demonstrated that children with signs of autism or autistic spectrum disorders do not have a fixed, limited potential, but in many cases can join their peers and lead full, healthy lives, emotionally and intellectually. Secondly, his approach can be applied at a very early stage, when signs of autism first appear. Thus, the hope of preventing the full onset of autism becomes a real possibility. Third, the approach empowers the entire family to promote their child's development throughout each day. Also, the DIR Floortime approach guides the efforts of speech pathologists, occupational therapists, and educators to work with the family and builds on the latest research on the development of the mind and brain. As cases of autism continue to rise worldwide, Dr. Greenspan's extremely successful Floortime approach is producing very promising results that could one day stem the tide against this dread disorder. No one involved in the care of children with autism, parent or professional, can afford to be without this landmark work.

Groves, Penny
This workbook, designed for students in grades K-3 to reinforce correct letter and word formations, includes activities that improve visual tracking skills using auditory and tactile components to identify the position of easily reversed letters in isolated words. Reproducibles included. Illustrations.

Guralnick, Michael J., Editor
Now, from leading experts in the field, comes this important book that comprehensively evaluates early childhood inclusion over the past 25 years. Based on their research and extensive experience, the authors examine benefits and drawbacks of inclusion, leading influences on inclusion, and issues that face children in different environments with different developmental challenges. This timely information shows professionals, instructors, and students in early intervention and early childhood education where inclusion is today and what they need to do to keep the field moving forward. The final chapter presents a national in-scope agenda for change -- a framework of ideas for meeting challenges and achieving an agreed-upon set of principles and practices -- in order to create optimal educational environments for all children.

Halvorsen, Ann; Neary, Thomas
A valuable tool for implementation of IDEA '97, this book provides a synthesis of best practices in inclusion, and demonstrates that individualized instruction is enhanced, not lost, in supported general education classrooms. The implementation focus of this book underscores its usefulness as a tool for in-training prospective teachers who will work in diverse K-12 classrooms. Strategies presented demonstrate clearly how unified systems and resources can be employed for all students' benefit, not only for those with identified need. Typical students, students from at risk situations, students with mild as well as severe disabilities are all addressed, and special education is not seen as separate from general education. For anyone interested in inclusion/mainstreaming in education.

Hannah, Liz
Liz Hannah works for Teaching Support Services, Southwark Education Authority and teaches children with autism spectrum disorders. She is co-author of 'It can get better: A guide for parents and caregivers' also published by Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Hardy, Colin
This book offers a practical approach for staff and carers who want to develop the use of ICT for children on the autistic spectrum and for those with language and communication difficulties. It combines descriptions of current research and literature on the subject of autism and ICT with practical guidance on software and hardware. A practical approach encourages experimentation, values the skills and attributes that participants bring and minimizes the technical barrier to ICT use. It includes concise information on what autism is, and examples of a range of pupils and their typical learning behaviors. It offers advice on how ICT can relate to various aspects of autism, information on concept keyboards and touch-sensitive screens and switches, and help with buying a computer and using the internet.

Hartnett, Martha Kennedy
Choosing Home will take you into the homes of Asperger families as they journey from survival of the playground bully to making it work at home. Hartnett embraces those pertinent questions raised by parents: Will I be limiting my child's emotional and social development? How will I know if my teaching is good enough? What if I can't cope? These questions and many more are answered in this touching and insightful narrative. This is a book of hope and encouragement to all parents with an interest in home schooling.

Hayes, Lenore Colacion
More and more parents are realizing that homeschooling is a great option for children with ADD, ADHD, and other special needs. Homeschooling parents can tailor the learning experience to precisely fit their child's requirements, a critical necessity in the development of special-needs children. So, how can you provide the most effective education for your child at home? This timely book shines a spotlight on the challenges and joys of homeschooling special-needs children-children with challenges ranging from autism and ADD to other learning disabilities or children who simply march to the beat of a different drummer. Inside, you'll discover how to: Create a flexible learning pace Assist your child to develop individual strengths Tailor a homeschooling experience for special-needs children of all ages Develop strong family bonds with a challenging child Get help from both public and private sources And much more! 'A wonderful book laced with insights and strength of spirit.' -John Taylor Gatto, author of Dumbing Us Down and The Underground History of American Education 'Lenore C. Hayes holds the reader's hand through determining whether symptoms actually constitute a disorder or are simply a normal childhood trait, right on through negotiating with medical and educational bureaucracies (this advice alone may be worth the price of the book!). A valuable addition to the homeschooling bookshelf, highly recommended for anyone homeschooling a child with special needs.' -Helen Hegener, senior editor, Home Education Magazine 'I highly recommend Lenore Hayes' book to any parents considering the homeschooling option.' -Thom Hartmann, author, ADD: A different Perception

Hays, Marilyn F.
Based upon a current Florida program which has demonstrated a high degree of success, this book describes effective strategies for educating, relating to and communicating with higher functioning individuals with autism in the sixth through twelth grade levels.

Heflin, L. Juane
Broadened public awareness of autism and other associated spectrum disorders, combined with continuing research, means that more students than ever before are being identified with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Effective Instructional Practices provides a systematic approach to addressing research-based content and specific instructional strategies for beginning and experienced teachers. Readers will follow Ms. Harris, a novice educator working with students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, throughout the book as she develops her own skills in becoming an effective teacher.

Henry, Kimberly
How Do I Teach This Kid?--Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum in the first in a series of books designed to share ideas for using visual strategies to teach children with autism. This resource provides special education teachers, therapists, parents, and home-based therapists with practical, easy-to-implement ideas for creating over 80 different work tasks or boxes to be used to teach students to work independently and for an established length of time. This book contains classroom and home-tested ideas of addressing skills in six different areas: sorting, matching, reading, writing, mathematics, and motor tasks. The ideas are designed for early learners, ages 2-10. Other books in the series will focus on teaching young learners beginning reading, writing, math skills and appropriate play skills using visually structured techniques.

Henry, Shawn
This comprehensive, yet easy-to-use system allows educators to understand how and when to implement an instructional program for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The CAPS model answers the questions (a) What supports does my student/child need in each class to be successful? (b) What goals is my student/child working on? and (c) Is there a thoughtful sequence to the student s/child s day that matches his learning style. This timely resource addresses adequate yearly progress (AYP), response to intervention (RTI), and positive behavior support (PBS) in a common-sense format. The CAPS process was designed to be used by the child s educational team, consisting of parents, general educators, special educators, paraprofessionals, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, administrators, psychologists, consultants, siblings, and others who are stakeholders in the student s education. The structure of this innovative tool ensures consistent use of supports to ensure student success as well as data collection to measure that success. In addition, CAPS fosters targeted professional development. Because CAPS identifies supports for each of the student s daily activities, it is possible for all educational professionals working with the student to readily identify the methods, supports, and structures in which they themselves need training.

Hensley, Sharon
It is estimated that 10% of American families have children with special learning needs. Sharon Hensley gives her readers a fresh perspective in facing the challenges of home schooling children with special needs. Parents will appreciate her first hand experience dealing with the frustrations and joys of raising and teaching children with special needs.

Hesmondhalgh, Matthew; Breakey, Christine
Based on their pioneering work at the King Ecgbert School, the authors explore the issues of access and inclusion in employment and education for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD). They describe the challenges they faced in establishing and running an Integrated Resource for children with ASD, within a mainstream secondary school. The twenty-eight pupils at The Resource participate in the regular school curriculum, but also learn a wide range of additional life skills. These include road safety, work-place skills and using public transport as well as expressing feelings, making choices and learning from experience. The innovative Post 16 provision of The Resource arranges work placements for its older pupils with employers such as Sainsburys and Norwich Union and these projects reveal the encouraging possibilities within employment for young people with ASD. Throughout, the authors make useful practical suggestions for access and inclusion, showing how people with ASD can participate more fully in the world of work and the community.

Hewitt, Sally
This comprehensive guide is bursting with achievable teaching strategies for those involved with ASD students in the school environment. Due to understaffed classes or poor staff training, many students with ASDs are taught in mainstream lessons where they do not receive the help they require and are entitled to. Hewitt shows that providing specialist support in schools enables students with ASDs and associated behavioural difficulties to become more included in pre-school, primary and secondary mainstream classes. Hewitt promotes tried and tested initiatives to evaluate staff expectations, convey meaning in the classroom through alternative methods of communication, re-think the physical environment of pupils and celebrate achievement with rewards. With an abundance of cost- and time-effective management guidelines for teachers and support staff of affected pupils, this book facilitates a more inclusive school setting and stresses the importance of a consistent working approach both at school and home. School/home liaison prepares students for a gradual reduction of staff intervention by encouraging greater student independence. Teachers and parents alike will find this an invaluable resource for integrating ASD students among their peers while providing them with the necessary support.

Hileman, Camilla
Computer technology is a fast-paced industry. As parents and professionals working with people with developmental disabilities, we are interested in state-of-the-art technology combined with educational, motivating, and affordable software. But, how do we choose programs which will be useful, motivating and fun? This book helps you do just that. Included are detailed reviews of 68 different educational software programs, from 19 major software publishing companies, along with helpful Software Buying Tips, Evaluation Criteria, and Resource lists for the software companies and their newsletters. Each software is divided into five sections: System Hardware requirements, Customizing options, Description, Evaluation, and Discussion - and includes the learning objectives and the appropriate developement age levels for the program.

Holland, Olga
Faced with the apparent inability of her autistic son Billy to learn and socialize with other children at school, Olga Holland decided to teach him at home. Where traditional educational approaches had produced limited results, the author's own method of teaching succeeded, over a period of two years, in enabling Billy to pass the test that allowed him to enter a class for gifted children. Teaching at Home explains the author's approach, focused on adapting to the demands of Billy's atypical mind and respecting his vivid imaginative world while attracting and retaining his attention. The author describes her use of sensory and memory techniques, social stories and humour, and gives useful advice on issues such as understanding body language, adapting the teaching environment, devising homework schedules and coping with distractions. This book offers inspiration and encouragement for parents of children with autism or Asperger Syndrome who are considering homeschooling their children, and also provides useful pointers for teachers and carers.

Horstmeier, DeAnna
TEACHING MATH TO PEOPLE WITH DOWN SYNDROME is the book that everyone has been waiting for! Now parents and educators can use this guide to teach meaningful math to students--with and without learning problems--who struggle with understanding computation, number concepts, and when and how to use these skills. The author, an experienced educator, was inspired to write TEACHING MATH to meet the needs of hands-on learners after observing the difficulty her adult son with Down syndrome and his peers had in applying math skills to everyday life. For years, the math program explained in TEACHING MATH has been successfully used with preschoolers, children, and adults with Down syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other cognitive disabilities. Its success lies in capitalizing on the visual learning strengths of these concrete learners and using manipulatives, games, and activities to teach and maintain motivation. A key feature of this method is the early introduction of the calculator, which allows students to progress in their understanding of math without having to memorize math facts. This book can be used to help students learn the critical math survival skills needed for living independently or help students in their math curricula at school.

Hudson, Jill
Starting from the premise that no two individuals with AS are the same, Hudson and Myles provide a global perspective of how the core characteristics of AS may appear separately and/pr simultaneously, and how they may manifest themselves in a variety of situations. Each characteristic is then paired with a brief explanation, followed by a series of bulleted interventions.

Hunnisett, Fran
The Little Class with the Big Personality is an honest account of the day-to-day challenges faced by the teacher of seven very different autistic children. The author's creative, accessible approach invites the reader to look beyond the stereotypes of mainstream schooling and explore the experience of teaching a lively group of children with autism. The illustrations, by one of the children, add a pupil's perspective of the diverse personalities and class activities described within the book. The author provides an insight into the hopes and concerns of parents as their children begin their educational journey. Some of the parents share their anxieties about handing over the care of their son or daughter to an unknown teacher in these early years, and their worries about placing them in the new and alien classroom environment, trusting that their child will be understood, accepted and liked. This book provides a professional and highly readable overview of an early-years class for children with autism for both educators and parents. Ultimately, it is a celebration of the personalities of children with autism.

Jacobsen, Paula
Understanding How Asperger Children and Adolescents Think and Learn helps educators appreciate the learning process and improve its effectiveness for students with Asperger Syndrome. The author provides a compelling inside view of how AS pupils perceive and understand what goes on in the classroom, and how they, in turn, are perceived by fellow pupils and teachers. She adopts a pragmatic approach to improving communications in the classroom and offers practical intervention strategies to increase mutual understanding and create a rewarding and supportive learning environment. The book also includes many examples of behaviour commonly observed in AS children, and illuminating accounts of specific children's experiences, which help to understand the learning process and avoid misunderstandings. This accessible book is a key resource for educators and parents of AS children and provides invaluable guidance and strategies for professionals who need to understand how AS pupils learn and communicate.

Jimenez, Terese
When it was passed in 1975, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act was a historic piece of legislation that guaranteed all students with disabilities the right to a free and appropriate public education. Thirty years later noted practitioners, advocates, policy makers, researchers, individuals with disabilities, and parents gathered at Loyola Marymount University to discuss the current practices in the field and make recommendations for the future. This book is a result of that event. Education for All offers an important resource for educators and parents who teach and support students with disabilities. The book includes contributions from noted authorities in special and general education including Mary Falvey, Diane Haager, Robert Rueda, and Janette Klingner. They address the important overarching issues in the field and focus on topics that are relevant to students no matter what their individual disability.

Johnson, Rita
A guide to help solve the many difficulties of working with children who have been diagnosed with both autism and severe learning difficulties.

Jones, Glenys
The range of educational options available to a child with Autism and Asperger syndrome is broad, but choosing the right path can often be a complex and mystifying task for all involved. This book provides information and advice for professionals and parents making crucial decisions about meeting the educational needs of such a child.

Jongsma, Arthur E., Jr.; Winkelstern, Julie A.
The Bestselling treatment planning system for mental health professionals The Special Education Treatment Planner provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily develop formal education treatment plans that take the educational professional a step further past the writing of goals for Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). The educational treatment plan process assists the professional in identifying interventions and communicating to others the specific method, means, format, and/or creative experience by which the student will be assisted in attaining IEP goals. Offers the freedom to develop customized educational treatment plans for children and adolescents who have special learning needs Organized around 29 main educational disabilities, from learning disabilities and emotional/mental impairment to ADHD, chronic health issues, autism, and others Over 1,000 well-crafted, clear statements describe the behavioral manifestations of each educational disability, long-term goals, short-term objectives, and educational interventions Easy-to-use reference format helps locate educational treatment plan components by disability Includes a sample educational treatment plan Additional resources in the PracticePlanners series: Homework Planners feature behaviorally based, ready-to-use assignments to speed treatment and keep clients engaged between sessions. Documentation Sourcebooks provide the forms and records that mental health professionals need to efficiently run their practice. For more information on our PracticePlanners products, including our full line of Treatment Planners, visit us on the Web at: Annotation. This text was created as a tool to aid school professionals in writing clear, specific, and highly-individualized educational treatment plans for students with special needs. The text is organized into 29 sections covering the main educational disabilities, from learning disabilities and emotional/mental impairment to ADHD, chronic health issues, autism, and others. Each section includes clear statements describing behavior manifestations of the disability, long-term goals, short-term objectives, and educational interventions. Appendices include a bibliotherapy for parents and extensive bibliography for therapists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Jordan, Rita; Jones, Glenys
This text is meant as a companion for students in teacher-training, newly-qualified teachers, or for anyone teaching children with autistic spectrum disorders for the first time in a mainstream setting. Using a case-study approach, the authors: help the teacher to identify the meaning behind pupils' actions and reactions; provide suggested responses via practical exercises and curriculum ideas; and provide signposts to other useful literature and list services and organisations which can further help the pupil. No prior knowledge of autistic spectrum disorders is required.

Jordan, Rita; Powell, Stuart
Autism is a lifelong condition that requires special care and consideration right into adulthood, and has an impact on many lives. This book is aimed at those concerned with the education and welfare of children with autism; particularly at teachers in Special Education and the psychologists and care professionals who work with teachers and parents of children with autism. Although there is no miracle cure for autism, this book brings a message of hope: that early intervention is advantageous and that, by a better understanding of autism and the different ways it is experienced by individual children, more effective ways can be found to meet educational needs and improve quality of life. Understanding the development processes and problems of children with autism, and the implications of these problems for social and education learning, is the purpose of this book. The authors provide an accessible account of psychological concepts and research in social and emotional development, communication, cognition and behaviour, as related to individuals with autism. The fundamental problems of autism-relationships, communication and flexibility of thought and behaviour-are addressed, and practical guidance is offered on how these might be overcome or circumvented, in both home and school. This book specifically addresses the needs of children, but much of it will remain relevant to those working with adults who will appreciate the books exploration of the roles played by emotion and cognition in the autistic condition, and the way in which these affect teaching and learning.

Katz, Lynda; Goldstein, Gerald; Beers, Sue
Learning disabilities is a subject that is usually associated with school-aged children where the research and intervention strategies are well known. Much less research has been done for assessing and diagnosing older adolescents and adults in this area. This work is an effort to provide a comprehensive review of what we know about certain of these disorders, specifically: + language-based learning disorders; + nonverbal learning disorders; + high-functioning autism; + attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder; and + mathematics disorders and how they manifest themselves in the later years of development and maturity. A chapter addresses each one of these disorders of learning. Included in each chapter is a discussion of historical perspectives, definitions and diagnostic criteria, incidence and prevalence data, comorbidity studies, pertinent research from all relevant fields of study, reasonable accommodations in academia as well as the workplace, and outcome data. This much-needed review will be of interest to clinicians in neuropsychology, educational psychology, and psychopharmacology.

Kay, Kiesa
Profoundly gifted kids often get the least help in school. It's assumed they're smart enough to succeed on their own, plus teachers (and parents) feel out of their depth with these unique kids. A blend of personal stories and practical strategies, scholarly articles and entertaining essays from a community of voices -- parents, educators, authors, researchers, and other experts -- this book addresses the joys and challenges of raising and teaching, living with and understanding exceptionally gifted kids of all ages. Recommended for any adult who wants to know more (and may be desperate to know more) about high-IQ kids and how to support them, advocate for them, and meet their social, emotional, and learning needs.

Kluth, Paula
Guide to understanding students with autism and including them fully in the classroom. Includes specific ideas for enhancing literacy; planning challenging, multidimensional lessons; supporting student behavior; connecting, communicating, and collaborating; fostering friendships; and adapting the physical environment.

Kluth, Paula
This book helps in-service and pre-service teachers understand how students with mild to significant autism can be perceived as literate and then supported to participate in literacy activities both in and out of school.

Knoblock, Peter
Dr. Knoblock advocates a highly organized, structured environment for autistic children, with teachers and parents working together. His premise is that the learning and social needs of autistic children must be analyzed and a daily program designed with interventions that respond to this functional analysis of their behavior. Each child must be valued as an individual capable of learning from others and giving to them.

Koegel, Robert L.; Koegel, Lynn K., Editor
This positive, research-based text dispels the stereotypes surrounding autism by providing accurate information on how much children with this complex disorder can learn. Extensively referenced and comprehensive, this resource discusses the behavioral characteristics of autism, available intervention methods, and key topics such as spontaneous language, overselectivity, social communication, and self-management. Detailed chapters also examine the goals of intervention, suggest concrete ways to support families, and offer a wealth of strategies that focus on long-term gains and short-term problem solving; contribute to developing a meaningful, functional curriculum; promote the independence of the child with autism; and include families as valued participants in planning and implementation. Engagingly illustrated and highly readable, Teaching Children with Autism will assist parents and professionals in education, social work, speech-language pathology, psychology, and related fields, preparing them to support children with autism as active participants in their schools and communities.

Krug, David
Young Adutls with Asperger's includes original artwork and writings of Taylor Crowe and Peter Krug, two young adults on the autism spectrum with savant abilities. Topics in the Handbook include: A review of possible causes; the controversy over prevalence; ways to improve social skills; and methods for assisting these young adults in their transition to independence.

Kuder, S. Jay
This book provides teachers and other education professionals with essential information on language development and disorders that will enable them to identify and effectively teach children with language difficulties. The first section of this book presents updated research on language and language development with a focus on application to school-age students. The second section analyzes the language difficulties associated with specific disability types, including a new chapter on the language difficulties of students with emotional and behavioral disorders. The third section of the text focuses on contemporary assessment and instructional strategies. Several newer approaches, including FastForWord are discussed. The emphasis throughout is on instructional techniques that are firmly grounded in research. For anyone involved in the education of children with communication disabilities, speech therapist, school teachers.

Kutscher, Martin
Kids in the Syndrome Mix is a concise, scientifically up-to-date, all-in-one guide to the whole range of often co-existing neuro-behavioral disorders in children-from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder, to autistic spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, sensory integration problems, and executive dysfunction. Dr. Kutscher provides accessible information on causes, symptoms, interactions with other conditions, and treatments. He presents effective behavioral strategies for responding to children who display traits of these disorders-whether at home, at school, or in other settings-along with case vignettes and practical tips. The author's sympathetic yet upbeat approach and skillful explanations of the inner world of children in the syndrome mix make this an invaluable companion for parents, teachers, professionals, and anyone else who needs fast and to-the-point advice on children with special needs.

Larkey, Sue
Providing easy to follow, proven strategies for common teaching challenges, Making it a Success is a user-friendly resource to help teachers and teaching assistants effectively integrate students with special needs into the classroom. With photocopiable worksheets, creative ideas for activities and teacher notes, Sue Larkey presents effective ways of helping children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improve their social skills, reading, writing and maths, play and general behaviour. She provides solutions for dealing with constant questioning in the classroom as well as managing children's special interests and obsessions. Making it a Success introduces strategies that are applicable not only to students with ASD but also to those with a range of special needs and is an essential resource for all those working in integrated classrooms.

LaVigna, Tony
Not only does the PSR provide easy-to-follow scoresheets to assess staff performance and the quality of services provided, but it also guides managers step-by-step to offer an ongoing process for ensuring staff consistency and a high level of quality for services and programs. With helpful tables and charts that can be tailored to a variety of programs, this resource is great for group home, supported living, classroom, and supported employment settings.

Lawrence, Clare
Every child's education relies on a partnership between parents, professionals and, of course, the child. This book gives parents of children with Asperger syndrome (AS) practical advice on how to make the most of this important partnership and work with schools to ensure their child's needs are being met. The book explores how parents can prepare their child for school life and how they can work with teachers to improve the classroom environment, as well as the school environment as a whole, for their child and consequently for the benefit of all pupils. Strategies include peer education, the use of visual cues and rules and effective communication between parents, teachers and support staff. This clear, accessible book will be an invaluable guide for parents of children with AS and will also be of interest to the teachers and educational professionals who work with them.

Lentz, Kirby
This is the book parents have been waiting for! With an emphasis on preparation and collaboration, this practical resource shows parents step-by-step how to become truly active members of the IEP team, thereby achieving their child's and family's hopes and dreams. The reader-friendly text and accompanying worksheets help you develop the best possible education program for the individual child. While geared toward parents, Hopes and Dreams is also recommended for educators to help them see parents perspective. Companion CD included containing all the worksheets allows you to customize the information, truly making it work for you!!

Luiselli, James
Children who have autism require comprehensive educational and treatment services. There are a myriad of approaches currently recommended to practitioners and parents, but little is known about their efficacy. Which are the most effective in teaching skills, overcoming behavior challenges, and improving quality of life? Methods must be based in research settings, but be easily extended to real world settings where children with autism live, go to school, socialize, and recreate. Identifying and validating effective practices is a complex and multi-faceted process, but an essential one for responsible research and practice. This book brings together multiple and contemporary perspectives on intervention effectiveness for autism education and behavior support. With contributors from a variety of disciplines and orientations, Effective Practices for Children with Autism presents a critical appraisal of current practice standards, emphasizing empirically supported procedures and research-to-practice applications. By bringing together a diverse group of authors, the editors have ensured that the vast field of information on interventions for children with autism is thoroughly examined, and that no topic has gone untouched. Written for practitioners, research scientists, and clinicians, the book is an essential framework for evaluating educational and treatment procedures, selecting those that are most effective, and evaluating outcome.

Magnusen, Christy
Based on twenty-five years of teaching and working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), Christy L. Magnusen contends that it is those teachers who can blend the 'science' of education methodology with the 'art' of teaching who are best able to reach these children. Examining both these aspects of teaching, she takes a fresh look at established and more recent teaching methods such as structuring spaces, emphasising language and planning strategies for transition and generalization, and then explores the art of implementation: why, when and how these techniques should be applied. By highlighting workable solutions to everyday problems, and emphasizing that teachers need to understand techniques and have the ability to adapt them to the situation that faces them, this book will be invaluable to all those involved in teaching children with ASDs. Dr Christy L. Magnusen was touched and inspired by a child with autism early in her baccalaureate studies almost 30 years ago and has since devoted her professional career to reaching and teaching children with ASDs. She has Master of Science degrees in Speech/Language Pathology and Education Administration, a Ph.D in Educational Leadership and is the co-editor of Autism: Clinical and Research Issues (York Publishers, 2000). Dr Magnusen is currently a state-approved Director of Special Education and works in Belleville, Illinois as a Special Education Administrator. She also teaches graduate level course work at Southern Illinois University and is a mother of four.

Mannix, Darlene
Gives grade 7-12 teachers over 180 step-by-step lessons with reproducible activity sheets to help special students develop and practice the basic "survival" skills they need for both school and daily living situations. Builds skills in these areas: interpersonal, communication, academic, practical living, vocational, lifestyle choices, and problem-solving.

Mannix, Darlene
For educators, parents, and others involved in teaching adolescents with special needs, here is a unique collection of 190 illustrated activity sheets with related exercises, discussion questions, and evaluation suggestions to help students acquire the basic skills necessary to achieve independence and success in everyday living. Each activity sheet focuses on a specific skill within the context of real-life situations and includes complete teacher directions for its effective use, from objective and introduction through optional extension activities and ways to assess students' learning. For quick access, all of these ready-to-use materials are printed in a big spiral-bound format for easy photocopying and organized into seven sections.

Mayerson, Gary
The guide that every parent must have! Gary Mayerson has devoted his career in law to helping children with autism get the fair and appropriate education that they need and deserve. In this field guide, he brings parents up to speed quickly and efficiently on the ways educational bureaucracies work -- or more importantly, don't -- for children with special needs. In addition to providing inside information on the "must-do's" and "must don'ts" in advocating for your child in the educational system, there are also strategies on how to prepare for an IEP meeting, what to do when children don't get crucial services, and how to avoid due process. Armed with solid information, parents will be empowered with all of the tools they need to advocate for their child's education. The practical and straightforward approaches presented in this must-have guide are not only applicable to children with autism spectrum disorders, but to children with any disability.

McConnell, Kathleen; Ryser, Gail
Practical Ideas That Really Work for Students with Asperger Syndrome is for educators who work with students who have Asperger syndrome or other developmental disorders that interfere with learning and social interaction. This program is appropriate for students in intermediate elementary grades through high school. It consists of two main components: a Book of Practical Ideas and an Evaluation Form. These quick and easy-to- implement 'practical ideas' focus on the most effective and widely used strategies that have a research base. The Book of Practical Ideas contains 34 instructional strategies that can be used to improve students' social skills, organization, and communication. The ideas in the manual are presented in an easy-to-use format that includes: * a one-page explanation of each 'idea' or instructional strategy * handy tips to increase each idea's effectiveness * helpful illustrations and examples * reproducible masters for most 'ideas' The Evaluation Form consists of a rating scale and an ideas matrix. Use the rating scale to evaluate behaviors that interfere with student learning and social interactions. Items on the scale aligned with the DSM-IV-TR indicators for Asperger syndrome. The criterion-referenced rating scale is helpful in choosing intervention strategies and in writing IEP goals and objectives. Use the results of the rating scale to select possible solutions for increasing desired behaviors or improving problem behaviors from the ideas matrix. The matrix systematically links the results of the rating scale to intervention ideas. Use the matrix as a tool for selecting the most appropriate interventions to meet each student's needs.

McCracken, Heather
The Friend 2 Friend Social Learning Society, founded in 2002, develops fun and interactive programs that provide children with information about autism in age-appropriate and sensitive manners. The purpose of this program is to educate neurotypical children so that the child with ASD can assimilate into normal social situations. "That's What's Different About Me" is a packaged puppet program, based off of the Friend 2 Friend program, designed for self-use by parents, teachers, and other professionals. The kit contains: * DVD: This interactive DVD contains a brief introduction for teachers and parents, the puppet play, a review of the learning goals and friendship tips, and frequently asked questions. * Program Manual: This manual is designed to assist in implementing the That's What's Different About Me! program at home or at school. Four main sections include the philosophy of the Friend 2 Friend program, the teaching model, how to implement the program, which includes lesson plans, follow-up activities, resources, and materials, and an overview of the Integrated Play Group. * Children's Story and Coloring Book: This story and coloring book tells the story of Crystal and how she and Freddie learned to be better friends. It is adapted from the Friend 2 Friend puppet play (as seen on the DVD) into a readable story and coloring book for classroom use.

McGinnis, Ellen; Goldstein, Arnold
Convenient 3 x 5 cards designed for student use during group sessions and homework assignments. The cards list the behavioral steps for each of the 60 skills contained in the book Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child. Eight cards are provided for each skill (480 cards in all).

McGinnis, Ellen; Goldstein, Arnold
As one of the first social skills training approaches, Skillstreaming is now over 20 years old and continues to be widely used. A psychoeducational, behavioral approach to teaching social skills, Skillstreaming consists of (a) modeling, (b) role playing, (c) performance feedback, and (d) transfer training. Although the prodedure is appropriate for diverse types of interpersonally skill-deficient youths, its primary target has always been chronically aggressive adolescents. This user-friendly text starts with a close look at these youngsters as they exist in our schools. Subsequent chapters provide step-by-step real-world use of this curriculum accompanied by a discussion of the problems and challenges of skill generalization.

Meltzer, Lynn
This uniquely integrative book brings together leading researchers and practitioners from education, neuroscience, and psychology. It presents a theoretical framework for understanding executive function difficulties together with a range of effective approaches to assessment and instruction. Coverage includes executive function processes in specific disorders--language-based learning disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders--as well as ways to support all students in developing vital skills for self-directed learning. Specific teaching methods are discussed for reading, writing, and math. Scholarly and authoritative yet highly practical, the book provides guidelines for intervening at the level of the individual child, the classroom, and the entire school.

Mesibov, Gary; Schopler, Eric; Shea, Victoria
TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication-handicapped CHildren) has grown over the past three decades from a small clinic for children to an internationally recognized treatment and support modality for individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorders. In The TEACCH Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders, the program's founders and their colleagues explain its methods and philosophy based on an understanding and respect for "the culture of autism." The TEACCH program focuses on persons with autism and the development of instruction and supports based on each individual's skills, interests, and needs. It draws from the research literature in psychology and neuropsychology to create activities and environments that are organized to emphasize meaningfulness—an approach that has proved crucial to an autistic individual's ability to learn, comprehend, and apply learning across situations. The TEACCH Approach to Autism Spectrum Disorders explains how: - TEACCH targets critical areas in executive functioning, engagement, communication, and social skills. - Strategies can be tailored to an individual's unique developmental and functional level. - Parents become involved in all phases of intervention as collaborators, cotherapists, and advocates. - The program can be introduced and adapted for individuals of all ages, from preschool children to adults. - Professionals can be trained in the program and its methods. This progressive program offers individuals with autism, their families, teachers, and therapists both optimism and useful strategies, without minimizing the condition or its effects. All clinicians working with people with autism will find The TEACCH Approach to Autistic Spectrum Disorders a valuable resource.

Miller, Arnold
Working on the premise that children with ASDs learn more effectively when their whole bodies are involved, The Miller Method® covers major issues such as communication skills and social play, as well as day-to-day behavioral issues including tantrums, aggression and toilet training. Part of Miller's method includes guiding the child on to The Elevated Square, a device that gets the child off the floor and markedly diminishes toe-walking, hand flapping and aimless wandering. By creating a highly defined reality that requires the child's rapt attention to traverse it, the Elevated Square helps counter some of the significant challenges these children confront. Another feature of the method entails the carefully gauged disruption of everyday routines. This may include deliberately "messing up" the classroom so that the children experience putting it together and learning that they can cope with disorder and change.

Moore, Susan Thompson
The fourth book in the popular Practical Solution series is what teachers and parents have been waiting for...practical solutions for addressing the academic and social needs of elementary-aged children with Asperger Syndrome. Specific topics include organizational accommodations, accommodations in the curriculum, developing social skills and the importance of home-school communication. Lots of forms, checklists and other visuals make these helpful ideas easy to implement.

Moyes, Rebecca
If you are a parent of a child with autism or Asperger's syndrome with questions about how to design an appropriate educational program for your child, this is the book for you! Included topics are: developing social skills, addressing challenging behaviors, encouraging self-esteem, dealing with teasing and bullying, IEP's, etc. Covers everything in a parent friendly language.

Moyes, Rebecca A.
This book provides practical, hands-on strategies to teach social skills to children with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. It includes a detailed description of the social deficits of these children as they appear in the classroom -- difficulties with such things as understanding idioms, taking turns in conversation, understanding and using tone of voice and body language û and ways to address them. Instruction is included in the book to enhance the development of appropriate, measureable, and meaningful individualized education plans (IEPs) to incorporate social goals. Lesson plans are included to facilitate the ability to 'teach' these social goals.

Myles, Brenda Smith
With the increased number of children being diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, parents and professionals are in search of materials that provide information theat will enable them to better understand affected children. While in the past individuals who were diagnosed had limited verbal and intellectual skills, newly diagnosed children often have good language skills and even areas of giftedness. This A-to-Z work contains original entries on the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Entries include facts about disabilities, personal and historic perspectives, interventions, assessments, educational methods, trusted internet resources, and national organizations. The work outlines the contributions of founding researchers and other professionals and includes personal perspectives from individuals with ASD and their parents. It also includes lesson plans that can be implemented in a home, school, or community setting. No other such definitive resource exists that provides both educational and practical information related to ASD.

Myles, Brenda Smith
Asperger Syndrome (AS) is a disorder in the autism spectrum, and students with AS suffer from similar, though milder, symptoms as students with autism. Classroom teachers who are charged with teaching students with AS generally have not been provided the skills and knowledge to do so. Crafting and implementing plans for students is nearly impossible without a clear understanding of the disorder, or clearly defined instructional methods and strategies. Children and Youth With Asperger Syndrome provides important strategies in teaching children and youth diagnosed with AS. This essential resource for teachers and other educators presents research-based, instructional, behavioral, and environmental strategies for teachers, including adaptations for success in general education settings; environmental modifications, including visual supports and organizational strategies; technology accommodations; transition planning; emotional, behavioral, and social supports. Children and youth with AS are often misunderstood. These individuals have great potential that frequently remains unrealized because the modifications they require to be successful are not made. By using the practical strategies in this guide, however, educators can at last effectively meet the needs of students with AS.

Myles, Brenda; Simpson, Richard L.
The second edition of this groundbreaking book provides a cogent overview of the disorder that is sometimes referred to as high functioning autism. Easily understood by professionals and nonprofessionals alike, this book outlines the characteristics of the disorder so that you'll be able to recognize a child with Asperger syndrome. In addition to identifying symptoms and characteristics, this well-rounded resource also discusses the Asperger's child as a whole person. Stories and anecdotes told by the families of several individuals who have Asperger syndrome provide a deeply personal perspective. Strategies are recommended to help teach children and adolescents who have this disorder. This book is geared toward providing easy-to-implement programming solutions for elementary and secondary students, both in school and at home. It offers detailed strategies that you can adapt to each child's environment. Using this book, you will be able to help children and youth achieve academically, learn social skills, and manage their own behavior. This practical work complements PRO-ED's other autism-related books and tests. It can be used in conjunction with any of them in order to gain a more complete understanding of this disorder.

Notbohm, Helen
The unique perspective of a child's voice is back to help us understand the thinking patterns that guide their actions, shape an environment conducive to their learning style, and communicate with them in meaningful ways. Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew affirms that autism imposes no inherent upper limits on achievement, that both teacher and child "can do it." It's the game plan every educator, parent, or family member needs to make the most of every "teaching moment" in the life of these children we love.

Oppenheim, Rosalind C.

Palmer, Ann
Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome is both a practical and a personal account of one ASD student's successful experience of going to college. This accessible book focuses on how to get there and stay there: deciding to go, how to get in and how to get the most out of it. Ann Palmer advises parents and professionals how to prepare the student for the transition from school and home life to a new environment and educational challenge, and how to support them through potential problems such as academic pressure, living away from home, social integration and appropriate levels of participation in college. She offers helpful strategies that will encourage and inspire parents and students and show that college can be a suitable option for students with an autism spectrum disorder, as well as the basis for a successful independent life later. This book is essential reading for any parent considering college as an option for their child, disability service providers in colleges and for ASD students themselves.

Pierangelo, Roger
Contains 301 new and enhanced tests, which are vital to understanding assessment in special education. Designed as an easy-to-use, hands-on resource, the book is filled with practical tools, information, and suggestions. Step-by-step, this practical guide explores the various stages of evaluation, interpretation, diagnosis, prescription, and remediation.

Pierangelo, Roger
Written by experts in special education and psychology, this user-friendly resource summarizes current research and presents a comprehensive overview of how to teach students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The authors discuss intervention strategies for implementing effective educational programs that give youngsters with ASD the opportunity to learn and interact with their peers. This practical book describes the characteristics of specific disorders, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified, and Asperger syndrome. Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders addresses the most significant, everyday challenges that general and special education teachers face in reaching students with ASD.

Pierangelo, Roger ; Giuliani, George
For anyone involved in the special education process, here is a comprehensive practical guide to the most frequently used and helpful tests for diagnosing suspected disabilities of all kings intellectual, perceptual, language, achievement, psychosocial and social maturity from the early childhood years through adolescence.

Pittman, Mary
Helping Pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders to Learn provides guidelines to help educators structure the classroom environment, understand and improve behavior, and look at transition through the eyes of students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). With invaluable insights from the author's many years of practice, this resource includes: * Visual resources for supporting learning and behavior * Practical ideas to try out in your setting * Case studies to illustrate best practice * Answers to frequently asked questions * Photocopiable activities for staff training exercises. This is an essential read for all teachers and anyone who supports learners with ASD.

Porter Sargent Staff, Editor
Intended as a resource for both parents and professionals, this volume lists resources by type of program, then by state, to assist special needs individuals with the entire range of developmental, organic, and emotional conditions. Schools, clinics, private facilities, state and public facilities, programs, psychiatric and guidance clinics, residential and day facilities, and private residential and day facilities are listed for individuals with learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, autism, orthopedic or neurological disabilities, mental retardation, blindness or visual impairments, deafness or hearing impairments, and speech or language impairments. Includes an index to associations and agencies; a list of associations, societies, and foundations for various special needs persons; and federal and state agencies. A number of advertisements are included. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Powell, Stuart
This book considers how individuals with Autism can be enabled to learn through specific approaches to teaching that draw together understandings of how such individuals think and learn, and the implications for those who aim to teach them. A new and coherent perspective on the education of individuals with Autism is offered - a pedagogy for Autism. Both teachers and parents will benefit from the insights this book offers into reasons behind Autistic ways of behaving and guidance about ways of responding

Powell, Stuart, Editor; Jordan, Rita, Editor
Demonstrates how a cognitive perspective on the way in which individuals with autism think and learn may be applied to particular curriculum areas. The text sets out principles of pedagogy and illustrates their application.

Prior, Margot
Reviews the nature of AS and its impact on learning and cognitive skills. Discusses the behavioral and emotional difficulties experienced by many children with AS. Provides guidelines for assessment, including ways to communicate findings with family members. Describes methods to accommodate children's difficulties while building on their strengths.

Pyles, Lisa
Packed with inspiring ideas and tips that can be used with any curriculum and on any budget, Homeschooling the Child with Asperger Syndrome explains how to design a varied study programme built around the child's own interests, making use of simple material as well as computers and on-line resources. Parents planning to homeschool their child with Asperger Syndrome will appreciate Lise Pyles' encouraging and practical advice, including step-by-step instructions on how to assess and improve body language and social skills, accommodating the child's need for ritual or perfectionist tendencies, and how to develop handwriting and coordination skills.

Quill, Kathleen Ann
This book describes teaching strategies and instructional adaptations which promote communication and socialization in children with autism. It offers specific strategies that capitalize on the individual strengths and learning styles of the autistic child.

Rambo, Anne
A valuable source of support, empowerment, and encouragement for parents of children with school problems, I Know My Child Can Do Better! helps readers sort out the types of problems their children are having and offers a range of practical solutions. With the help of many fascinating vignettes drawn from real life, Anne Rambo, a child and family therapist, parent advocate, and specialist in education issues that confront parents, enlightens parents about the academic, peer, and teacher-related sources of school problems and acquaints them with the full range of public, private, and home-schooling options and resources available to them. Each chapter includes evaluation techniques, a detailed action plan, and "Teacher Tips"--insider strategies for enlisting a teacher's cooperation with a parent's plan.

Rehfeldt, Ruth Ann
Derived Relational Responding serves as a curriculum guide for practitioners working with learners with autism and other developmental disabilities in a variety of human service and educational settings. The book's primary objectives are to provide a rationale for the necessity of constructing behavioral repertoires based upon derived relational responding, and to provide practitioners with a set of tools for the implementation of educational interventions for the acquisition of verbal, social, and cognitive skills using a derived stimulus relations technology.

Ripley, Kate
This book is about children with speech and language impairments and what teachers and other professionals can do to promote their learning and their social inclusion in a mainstream setting. A brief introduction to SLI is followed by a chapter on the main issues for the classroom; how teachers can support the preferred learning style of the children and literacy and numeracy strategies are each given a separate section. Inclusion involves more than the learning experience and so the social, emotional and behavioral agenda, including successful transition and working with parents, is given equal emphasis.

Scheuermann, Brenda; Webber, Jo
Provides information critical to education planning, for teachers, parents, and other caregivers who work with children and teen-agers with low-functioning autism and related disorders. The authors (Southwest Texas State U.) believe that careful, systematic use of the strategies and methods of applied behavior analysis will improve the prognosis for most students with autism. The reference covers areas including basic behavioral principles, reducing challenging behavior, curriculum development, remediating deficits in speech, language, socialization, and life skills, and understanding intervention controversies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Schlieder, Mary
She sits alone every day in the cafeteria. His behavior annoys the other kids and no one wants to have him in their group. She can t carry on a conversation. Sound familiar? The desire to fit in and belong is universal, and at no time is this more evident than during the middle and high school years. Kids with conditions such as Asperger Syndrome, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, as well as English language learners, often face even greater social challenges, resulting in feelings of isolation. Not only are they often ignored by peers, many are the object of teasing and even bullying. In addition, their social isolation prevents them from engaging in the numerous social interactions needed to become socially proficient. With Open Arms: Creating School Communities of Support for Socially Challenged Kids provides practical, easy-to-use techniques for even the busiest school personnel. Using familiar case studies in an easy-to-read format, this manual provides step-by-step instructions for how to implement Circles of Friends, participation in extracurricular activities, and professional Learning Teams to create both accepting peers and staff. Written by a teacher in the trenches, the book includes reproducible worksheets, Learning Team and Book Club study guides, Circle meeting forms and activities, charts, and checklists ... everything you need to create your own supportive community for the kids you care about.

Schopler, Eric, Editor; Van Bourgondien, M. E., Editor; Bristol, M. M., Editor
Focuses on identifying autistic children earlier and more accurately, and on what methods of intervention are becoming more refined. Discusses a parent's perspective on the preschool years, early development in autism, behavior management, related medical syndromes, interpreting test results to parents, and relevant federal legislation. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Schramm, Robert
A Teaching Manual for the Verbal Behavior Approach to ABA: "Robert Schramm has written a book that is a must read for parents, therapists, and teachers of children with autism. This book is clear, heartfelt, informative, and provides behavioral terminology in a way that is applicable and easy to understand. He has beautifully explained Applied Behavior Analysis as an effective, scientifically validated treatment for autism. Robert's book offers realistic hope in a world where it is needed most. We personally recommend this book to every parent or educator of a child in need." (Cherish Twigg, MS, BCBA and Holly Kibbe, MS, BCBA) "This is the best book on the Verbal Behavior approach to ABA that I have seen. If I was going to recommend only one book to either the parents of a child with autism or to anyone who is trying to help a child with autism, this is the book that I would recommend... I would give it five stars out of five." (Reg Reynolds, Ph.D., C.Psych)

Scott, Jack; Clark, Claudia; Brady, Michael P.
Covers medical issues, research & controversy, assessment, parent involvement, IEP development, & program organization at the preschool, elementary, & secondary levels Brings together research-based approaches for use in school or district programs Includes test bank & overhead masters for instructors & review questions for students

Seymour, Rosalie
She has more than 25 years of experience in this field and has developed a variety of related skills. She is a Bérard Auditory Integration Training practitioner and trainer in the method, and has developed Training in Learning Aptitude and Neuro-Cognitive Mobilisation. She has written and produced programmes including 'Sounds Right' - a phonics training home programme that was approved by the Cape Education Department. She writes: " There was a time when I took my information from the people around me, professionals to whom I looked for direction and update. Then in 1993 I attended some conferences that 'blew the lid off' my mind through exposure to the wealth of information available. It was an intensely painful experience to realise that I had been kept in the dark and thereby in a state of blissful 'don't rock the boat' mediocrity. " Since this experience, she has dedicated her time and effort to operating a resource facility for parents and professionals, running seminars and conferences, holding training courses, and generally making public and available these new developments.

Shure, Myrna
In her bestselling Raising a Thinking Child, Myrna B. Shure introduced her nationally acclaimed "I Can Problem Solve" program, which helps four to seven-year-olds develop essential skills to resolve daily conflicts and think for themselves. With Raising a Thinking Preteen, Shure has tailored this plan especially for eight-to twelve-year-olds as they approach the unique challenges of adolescence. The preteen years are often the last opportunity for parents to teach their children how to think for themselves. This book is the only source with a proven plan to help them do just that.

Shure, Myrna
Based on 25 years of research, this classroom program helps children think of nonviolent ways to solve everyday problems. Learning involves the use of games, stories, puppets, and role plays. Includes 59 lessons, teacher scripts, and reproducible illustrations.

Siegel, Bryna
Bryna Siegel gives parents of autistic children what they need most: hope. Her first book, The World of the Autistic Child, became an instant classic, illuminating the inaccessible minds of afflicted children. Now she offers an equally insightful, thoroughly practical guide to treating the learning disabilities associated with this heartbreaking disorder. The trouble with treating autism, Siegel writes, is that it is a spectrum disorder--a combination of a number of symptoms and causes. To one extent or another, it robs the child of social bonds, language, and intimacy--but the extent varies dramatically in each case. The key is to understand each case of autism as a discrete set of learning disabilities, each of which must be treated individually. Siegel explains how to take an inventory of a child's particular disabilities, breaks down the various kinds unique to autism, discusses our current knowledge about each, and reviews the existing strategies for treating them. There is no simple cure for this multifarious disorder, she writes; instead, an individual program, with a unique array of specific treatments, must be constructed for each child. She gives practical guidance for fashioning such a program, empowering parents to take the lead in their child's treatment. At the same time, she cautions against the proliferating, but questionable, treatments hawked to afflicted families. She knows the panic to do something, anything, to help an autistic child, and she offers parents reassurance and support as well as sensible advice, combining knowledge from experience, theory and research. For parents, autism in a child is heartbreaking. But it need not be overwhelming. Bryna Siegel offers a new understanding, and a practical, thoughtful approach, that will give parents new hope.

Siegel, Lawrence
The Individualized Education Program, or IEP, determines the nuts and bolts of your child's special education. But it's easy to get lost in the paperwork and bureaucracy. The Complete IEP Guide is your map through the IEP process. The book provides all the instructions, suggestions, strategies, resources and forms you need to proceed from when you first suspect a problem to when your child completes school. Learn to understand special education law; untangle eligibility rules and the role of assessments; collect all school records; become an expert on your child's educational needs; pinpoint specific goals in school; develop a clear blueprint of program and services; research school programs and alternatives; prepare for IEP meetings; resolve disputes with your school district. The Complete IEP Guide provides up-to-date, federal special-education laws and extensive appendices, including a list of over 125 groups and organizations. The 3rd edition is completely updated, and provides new information on disciplinary issues, and making the jump from high school to college or work.

Silver, Kate
This fully photocopiable resource offers a flexible framework for the assessment and measurement of the communication skills of children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs). Packed with practical assessment and planning sheets, it enables teachers, educators and other professionals to observe and record how children use and understand language, and to follow their progress over time. The completed assessment record is an accessible summary of a child's individual communication style, identifying strengths and weaknesses and the ways in which he or she is best assisted and motivated to communicate. It focuses on how children express themselves in everyday situations – for example, how they make requests or gain attention, the words they use most frequently, and how their communication is affected by different people and places. Most importantly, it provides a diagnosis of where communication skills can be developed and improved. Using the communication curriculum, educators can set appropriate targets, linked to work in other areas, such as literacy and science. A separate thinking skills curriculum aims to develop the skills and confidence necessary for social interaction, from making simple choices to understanding humour and abstract ideas. Originally devised for use with children with ASDs, this toolkit is equally effective in identifying communication problems in other children, and is an invaluable resource for teachers and speech and language therapists.

Simpson, Richard
Inside this book you'll find best-practices methods written by persons who have theoretical & research knowledge & experience working in direct-service settings.

Snell, Martha; Brown, Fredda
This is a comprehensive and current description of research-based methods on teaching students with severe disabilities including students with autism and functional skill needs. A great reference book. Reflects 1997 IDEA in all chapters, particularly those that deal with the topics of transition and families. Adds a chapter on peer/social relationships. Creates and maintains reader interest with effective photographs, vignettes, specific charts, and unique figures/tables. Reinforces its comprehensive research base with current studies. For educators and school administrators.

Sperry, Virginia W.
Traces the lives and educations of nine autistic people educated at the Ives School in New Haven, CT, between 1963 and 1972, from childhood to their mid-twenties, with introductory chapters on autism and related disorders and the teaching methods at the school. The case histories include a black and white photo of each child, and comments from parents on navigating the medical and educational systems. Of interest to educators, pediatricians, childcare professionals, and parents. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Sturmey, Peter

Taylor, Ronald L.
Details principles of educational assessment and describes instruments used for assessment. Part I introduces psychological and educational assessment and addresses practical considerations, and Part II looks at tools including observation and criterion-referenced testing. Parts III and IV review specific instruments for assessing abilities and achievement, with information on uses, scoring, reliability, and relevant research. Part V examines early childhood and vocational/transitional assessment. Includes two extended case studies. This fourth edition contains information on some 30 new and revised tests, assessment of written expression, assessing students with ADD and autism, and philosophical movements affecting the field. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Thomas, George
This guide outlines the nature of the difficulties underlying AS, explains how they may give rise to problems in school and provides practical management suggestions. With a major focus on 'making sense' of the difficulties encountered by persons with AS, common behaviors are discussed under the categories of 'making sense of it' and 'things to try', making for a very practical approach.

Turnbull, Ann P.
The authors of this introductory book have a vision for special education -- to equip general and special education teachers with the principles, values and teaching practices that support the education of the majority of students with disabilities in general education programs. Beginning with a thorough review of the principles that undergird IDEA and the process of nondiscriminatory evaluation, the authors explore the teaching and collaborative processes necessary for implementing best practices and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997. Using a categorical approach, the authors highlight real students with real disabilities and use their stories as a vehicle for describing the characteristics, causes, and challenges that people with exceptionalities face -- and that both general and special education teachers must consider when making decisions about how, where, and what to teach.

Twachtman-Cullen, Diane
This book will be essential reading for all classroom assistants and support staff working with children with pervasive developmental disorder, autism and Asperger syndrome. It provides strategies to address the most common and perplexing behaviours and is full of insights, tips and anecdotes that bring alive the everyday challenges. The first part gives the essential information that every paraprofessional should know when working with students within the autism spectrum. The second part provides strategies and guidelines using real life examples in an easily accessible format. How to be a Para Pro is written in an accessible and engaging way making it an invaluable resource and core reference for all educational staff – those who are classroom assistants and those who train and work with them.

Twachtman-Cullen, Diane; Twachtman-Reilly, Jenniifer
This book provides a step-by-step guide to help parents and professionals working with children on the ASD spectrum obtain or write an individualized education plan (IEP). The individual chapters set out the 'blueprint' detailing the crucial building blocks for IEP development. Part 1 aims to arm the reader with the specific information needed to generate the types of meaningful goals and objectives that lead to effective service delivery. Part 2 presents several models so that parents and professionals can see how the various elements can deliver an appropriate individualized education programme. How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up? presents information in an accessible and reader-friendly format making it an essential reference for parents and professionals.

Wagner, Sheila
One of the most important new books offered on inclusion. This book should be in the library of every elementary school in the country for review by teachers and parents. Not only clearly showing the benefit of inclusion, this wonderful book also offers exercises and programs that make inclusion comfortable for the child with autism, his teacher, and fellow students.

Wagner, Sheila
Winner of the Autism Society of America's "Book of the Year" award for her Inclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism, Sheila Wagner now takes on the challenges of inclusion in middle school. This book illustrates methods and techniques to comfortably blend middle school students with autism and their classmates.

Wall, Kate
Using case studies and examples that show the reader how to put theory into practice in multi-disciplinary settings, Education and Care for Adolescents and Adults with Autism clearly explains how changes in policy and provision have affected how young people and adults with autism are cared for and educated. The author highlights current problematic outcomes from a multi-agency perspective and offers: * Up-to-date and accessible information on the nature and affects of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) * A detailed chronology of legislation across disciplines * Recommendations on family issues surrounding the care and education of those with ASD * Possible intervention programs * Appropriate strategies for use in care settings, education settings, and at home. Based on years of experience, this resource offers a range of strategies for all those working with or caring for adolescents and adults with ASD.

Webb, James
Raising a gifted child is both a joy and a challenge, yet parents of gifted children have few resources for reliable parenting information. The four authors, who have decades of professional experience with gifted children and their families, provide practical guidance in areas such as: Characteristics of gifted children; Peer relations; Sibling issues; Motivation & underachievement; Discipline issues; Intensity & stress; Depression and unhappiness; Educational planning; Parenting concerns; Finding professional help; and much, much more!

Weinfeld, Rich
The Special Needs Advocacy Resource Book: What You Can Do Now to Advocate for Your Exceptional Child s Education is a unique handbook that teaches parents how to work with schools to achieve optimal learning situations and accommodations for their child s needs. From IEPs and 504 Plans to IDEA and NCLB, navigating today's school system can be difficult for even the most up-to-date, education savvy parent. Special needs advocates Rich Weinfeld and Michelle Davis provide parents and professional advocates with concise, easy-to-understand definitions and descriptions of legal terms and school regulations, along with checklists, tips, questionnaires, and other tools. Topics covered in this handy guide include how to gather accurate information about a child's education, navigating school meetings, understanding education law, best practices in the classroom, working effectively with parents and school systems, educational options beyond the standard, and much more. Parents and advocates will not only feel informed by Weinfeld and Davis vast knowledge of the inner workings of the school system they'll be empowered to help their kids succeed in school.

Westling, David; Fox, Lise
This book provides comprehensive coverage of all the issues pertinent to teaching students with severe disabilities. Covering both methodology and curricular areas, topics are presented in the chronological order in which a teacher would approach them: Prior considerations, planning and assessment, general instructional procedures, and procedures specific to teaching specific skills. For educators and school administrators in teaching students with severe disabilities.

Wiig, Elizabeth; Wilson, Carolyn
The clearly presented conceptual maps in this resource provide professionals with a comprehensive set of visual tools for effective teaching and language intervention across four major areas: meaning and content, text comprehension, context, and school knowledge/study skills. Part I introduces the underlying theories and steps for how best to use the materials. Part II: Conceptual Map Units presents 50 sets of instructions with three to four conceptual maps each. Reproducible work maps are easily removed from the book along scored lines.

Willis, Clarissa
Preschool can be overwhelming for a child with autism. Autism affects how a child communicates, behaves, and relates to others. What do you do when a three-year-old with autism falls on the floor kicking and screaming? How do you communicate with a child who looks away and flaps his hands? What do you do with a four-year-old who watches the ceiling fan as it rotates around and around? Who can help if you suspect a child in your class has autism? Childcare providers need to know what they can do to help children with autism reach their full potential. Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder discusses autism in a straightforward way. It describes the major types of autism in ways that are very easy to understand. The first two chapters discuss the major characteristics associated with autism, decipher the jargon related to this disability, and help teachers understand the ways children with autism relate to the world. Other chapters focus on setting up a proactive preschool environment, helping children learn life skills, managing behavior, helping them communicate, encouraging children with autism to play, helping them to get along with others, and working with families. Each chapter contains specific strategies for the teacher to use in the classroom. Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder will help teachers connect with all children in meaningful ways and encourage children with autism to learn and grow.

Winter, Matt
As awareness of Asperger Syndrome (AS) grows, it becomes increasingly important that all professionals are familiar with and understand the condition. However, for teachers it is difficult to quickly access the necessary details for working with AS children. This book bridges this gap and is the ideal foundation for learning about AS and how to get the best from an AS child. Providing a summary of the syndrome and covering all the key issues that concern teachers (e.g. social skills, homework, playground behavior), Matt Winter offers tips and practical ideas that are invaluable for anyone working within a school environment.

Wolfberg, Pamela J.
Based on award-winning research, this volume offers new hope for children with autism by shedding light on theory and practice. It goes beyond the usual autism literature by including what is known about play with typical populations. The author traces the development of three children with autism (from ages 5 to 16) over a ten-year period. Focusing on two critical years during which the children participated in a peer play intervention, this book documents the emergence of remarkable transformations in the children's social relations with peers and symbolic activity. The text includes vignettes, dialogue, and samples of writing and drawing to bring the children's stories to life.

Wright, Peter; Wright, Pamela Darr
Parents, advocates, educators, and attorneys come to No Child Left Behind - Wrightslaw for reliable, accurate information about No Child Left Behind issues - research based reading instruction, proficiency testing, parent involvement, tutoring and supplemental educational services, highly qualified teachers, transfers from failing schools, and public school choice.

Wright, Peter; Wright, Pamela Darr
In Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy, Pete and Pam Wright teach you how to plan, prepare, organize -- and get quality special education services. In this comprehensive, easy-to-read book, you learn about your child's disability and educational needs; creating a simple method for organizing your child's file; devising a master plan for your child's special education; roles of experts: consultants and evaluators; writing SMART IEP goals and objectives; using test scores to monitor your child's progress; understanding parent-school conflict - why it is inevitable and how to resolve it; creating paper trails; writing effective letters; using worksheets, agendas and thank-you letters; strategies to improve meeting outcomes; negotiating for special education services. This practical user-friendly book includes hundreds of strategies, tips, references, warnings, and Internet resources. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy includes dozens of worksheets, forms, and sample letters that you can tailor to your needs.

Wright, Peter; Wright, Pamela Darr
Special education law is more than a legal specialty niche. Special education laws govern eligibility, IEPs, evaluations, placement, educational progress, transition plans, discipline, and educational records - and are vitally important to parents of disabled children, educators, child advocates, school psychologists, health care providers, and school administrators.

Yell, Mitchell
This book presents the necessary information for educators to understand the history and development of special education laws and the requirements of these laws. This book provides the reader with the necessary skills to locate pertinent information in law libraries, on the Internet, and other sources to keep abreast of the constant changes and developments in the Special Education field. Appropriate for people interested in Special Education and the Law.

Zelan, Karen
Describing nine of the forty-five autists with whom she has worked, Zelan documents how psychotherapy with autistic youth helps them to overcome their problems in communicating, playing, feeling, thinking, and interacting with people more companionably. Her riveting narratives, showing her growing understanding of her young patients, capture how it is to be autistic. She describes the ways these young people meet the challenges of being the way the are. Her work demonstrates how the social context in which autistic children find themselves can make a significant difference in their development, their self-esteem, and their ability to think through problems in living.

Zysk, Veronica
A time-saver. A life-saver. Parents and professionals can now bypass countless hours spent seeking answers to the mystifying day-to-day challenges of autism. In snappy, can-do format, 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum offers page after page of try-it-now solutions that have worked for thousands of children grappling with sensory, communication, social, behavior, self-care issues and more.

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