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The Educator's Guide to Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Educator's Guide to Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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March 2009 | 176 pages | Corwin

"An excellent, practitioner-friendly resource for identifying, applying, and evaluating maximally effective interventions and treatments for students with autism-related disorders."
—Richard L. Simpson, Professor of Special Education
University of Kansas

"I highly recommend this book. This is a valuable, comprehensive, and user-friendly resource with realistic case studies that show how collaboration occurs with related services."
—Gloria Wolpert, Autism Program Director
Manhattan College

Specific, proven strategies for successfully teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders!

This guide brings the most recent advancements in evidence-based interventions to both novice and experienced educators who are looking for practical and meaningful strategies for teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The authors provide step-by-step, field-tested guidelines that connect with Individualized Education Program goals, illustrate how to write a behavior intervention plan, and demonstrate methods for delivering effective interventions, including applied behavior analysis, functional behavior assessment, and positive behavioral supports. This concise handbook features sidebars highlighting major points, vignettes, and summaries, and includes many sample materials, tools, and reproducible forms. Teachers get the "nuts and bolts" on

  • Identifying and including students with ASD in the general education classroom
  • Organizing the classroom environment, creating space, and managing time
  • Promoting independence, communication, and socially appropriate behaviors
  • Selecting visual strategies, tools, and curriculum resources

This user-friendly resource presents educators with a solid framework for delivering first-rate services to foster confidence and success for every student with ASD.

About the Authors
1. What Is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
2. Assessment
3. Getting Ready to Teach New Skills: Basic First Steps
4. Environmental Supports
5. Choosing the Interventions

"Educators will love this book. It contains the basic principles for creating and supporting a quality learning environment for children with autism. The curriculum resources, assessment tools, and strategies are outstanding. It creates a clear vision of a successful program and guides you step by step on how to achieve that vision."

Mindy Stevens, Consultant
Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, University of South Florida

"This is a valuable book with comprehensive and user-friendly content, both for professionals and parents. The case studies are very realistic and show how collaboration occurs with related services. There are also references given for further reading. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about autism spectrum disorders and the methods available."

Gloria Wolpert, Autism Program Director
Manhattan College

"This is an up-to-date and invaluable resource for those teaching students with autism."

Rebecca S. Compton, Professor of Elementary Education
East Central University

"Offers educators and other stakeholders clearly articulated options for students with autism-related disorders. This is an excellent, practitioner-friendly resource for identifying, applying, and evaluating maximally effective interventions and treatments."

Richard L. Simpson, Professor of Special Education
University of Kansas

"Ben-Arieh and Miller combine their years of experience and expertise as educators of students with ASD and have created an invaluable guidebook for teachers."

Terri Cooper Swanson, Assistant Professor and ASD Certificate Program Coordinator
Pittsburg State University, KS

"Ben-Arieh and Miller have written a wonderful book for educators teaching children with autism spectrum disorders. Their classroom experience is evident in this book—the information is useful, practical, and relevant. This book will be an asset to school-based professionals."

Brenda Smith Myles, Consultant
The Ziggurat Group

I was looking for a book that provided more details about how to implement interventions that increase communication skills. This provides a general overview but no how-to guidelines. FYI for book authors, please provide more resources (activities, ppt templates, videos, etc.) to assist university instructors in educating future autism professionals.

Dr Miriam Boesch
Educational Psychology, University of North Texas
January 18, 2013
Key features
  • A "nut-and-bolts" guide on how to organize a classroom for students with autism spectrum disorders: preparing the environment, visualizing strategies and tools, creating space and managing time, utilizing curriculum resources
  • Provides specific strategies for teaching new skills, promoting independence, and helping students be included in the general education curriculum
  • Vignettes open each chapter
  • Sidebars emphasizing major points in the chapter
  • Chapter summary
  • Reproducible forms included in the appendix 

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