Autism: Strategies A-Z (Elementary) is a six-page (trifold) laminated guide that offers general and special education teachers, parents and paraprofessionals quick-access to practical tips and effective strategies for teaching elementary school-aged children with autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Authors Wendy Ashcroft, Sue Argiro and Joyce Keohane provide an overview of common characteristics exhibited by students with autism, including difficulty communicating and deficits in the area of social skills, to help teachers identify students who may fall on the autism spectrum and should be referred for assessment and diagnosis. Select research-based approaches to teaching children with autism are reviewed. Additionally, the guide recommends strategies to help teachers understand and manage the behavior students with autism.
Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Meet the Author
Wendy Ashcroft, EdD is the director of field experience at Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis, Tennessee. She enthusiastically teaches both graduate and undergraduate education courses and she supervises practicum and student teaching experiences for developing teachers. In addition, she initiated and is continuously developing a special education degree and teaching licensure at CBU and is a doctoral-level board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). Her areas of expertise include using principles of applied behavior analysis for teaching. For 11 years, she was a public school classroom teacher for students with autism, intellectual, physical, and multiple disabilities. For 21 years, she was a special education administrator at both the building and central office levels.| Sue Argiro is a special educator with over 20 years experience working with children with autism and other developmental disabilities. She received her master's degree in special education from the University of Memphis, having begun her teaching career as an elementary school teacher. Before joining the specialized autism program for Shelby County Schools (Project REACH) in Memphis, TN, she taught special education at the elementary level. Currently, Argiro works as a student response team consultant providing support for all classroom personnel, related service providers and administrators of children with autism and other related disabilities from pre-school through high school. In addition, she provides training to parents and provides support to programs conducted in the students' homes. | Joyce Keohane received a bachelor's degree in education from Union University in Jackson, TN, and a master's degree in special education from University of Memphis. She has 20 years experience as a special education classroom teacher in public schools and received Teacher of the Year and special educator awards from local television agencies and non-profit organizations, as well as school-based recognitions. Keohane now serves her public school district as a special education supervisor for the Behavior Consultant support team. She has co-written the NPR, Inc./Dude Publishishing laminated reference guides Autism: Strategies A to Z (elementary and middle school editions), and Autism & CCSS, with Wendy Ashcroft and Sue Argiro. This trio has presented at the local, state, national, and international level. Their presentations focus on evidence-based practices for students with special needs, particularly in the area of autism spectrum disorders and emotional disturbance.