Autism in Your Classroom: A General Educator's Guide to Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders


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 ...
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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).

Part I provides a complete overview of the types, causes, characteristics, and treatments of autism spectrum disorders. It also explains various secondary characteristics of autism that create challenges for students, such as sensory abnormalities, behavioral issues, and limited social skills and peer interaction.

Part II focuses on the student in the classroom: It covers a variety of strategies to manage learning & behavior, such as:
Modifying classwork & homework
Helping with language difficulties
Using visual strategies
Keeping students focused & organized
Teaching reading & math
Using positive reinforcement & rewards
Handling challenging behavior
Explaining autism to other students
Teaching social skills in the classroom
Balancing the needs of typical and special students

Part III features two useful case studies. Both stem from the authors' hands-on work and consultation with teachers, students, and parents. The bookconcludes with an appendix of frequently asked questions about children with autism asked by educators.

2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist

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Techniques discussed include the use of visual supports, adapting classroom homework, strategies to improve language, reading and math skills, and handling challenging behavior. Integrating the special needs child is also balanced with the needs of the rest of the members of the class. Special emphasis is placed on attention, memory, organization and motor skills and adaptive techniques to help the autistic child to optimize the learning experience. An inclusive book of resources including websites, books, organizations, and support groups is included. This book offers strategies for teachers as well as family members who have an autistic child to offer specific interventions that would benefit the child both socially and academically.
Children's Literature - Alison Wilber
Geared toward elementary general education teachers, this comprehensive book aims to facilitate inclusive academic experiences for children with autism. The authors, two neurophsychologists who specialize in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), set an encouraging, positive tone about having such a child in a general education classroom. The book begins by providing valuable, succinct information on relevant background topics, such as the history of educational law and diagnostic characteristics of autism, in layman's terms. Additionally, information about some of the treatment strategies children may be exposed to in other settings is also provided, so that the teacher can have some familiarity of these methods and know what to expect from these other professionals or therapists. Helping teachers to be proactive, the book provides easy-to-implement suggestions for classroom set-up, scheduling, accommodations, and modifications that can be implemented before the child with autism enters the classroom. A great deal of information is provided about how children with autism learn, including the core deficits of autism, cognitive profiles, attention skills, learning styles, memory skills, sensory needs, and language concern. Practical suggestions for building academic success, social competence, independence, and self-advocacy skills are provided. A trouble-shooting section dedicated to behavior management is included, and this will meet the general educator's need for developing behavior regulation skills necessary for the child to meet the needs of the classroom. Importantly, the authors skillfully address both how to engineer the environment and how to meet the child's special needs, as wellas how to teach the skills necessary for the child to reach his highest potential under a given curriculum. Reviewer: Alison Wilber
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890627614
  • Publisher: Woodbine House
  • Publication date: 10/31/2007
  • Series: Topics in Autism Series
  • Pages: 319
  • Sales rank: 540,219
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
What You Need to Know about Autism Spectrum Disorders
What Is Autism?     3
More about Autism Spectrum Disorders     23
What Causes Autism Spectrum Disorders?     55
The Impact of Autism on the Family     63
What Treatments are Used for Children with Autism?     81
The Student in Your Classroom
Educational Placements     101
Getting Started     127
Cognition and Motor Issues     143
Language Issues     167
Academics     193
Social Skills     211
Troubleshooting Behaviors in the Classroom     243
The Balancing Act     265
Case Studies of Success and Failure     277
Myths and FAQs about Autism     285
References     299
Resources     305
Index     311
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  • Posted December 27, 2009

    A Must Read for Teachers of Autism!

    Teachers, classroom aides and those involved that work with autistic children need to read this book as it is very insightful and helpful in this situation.

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