Inclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism

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Maximize your child or student's potential with a child-centered education program!

Winner of the Autism Society of America's Literary Work of the Year Award, this first book in Sheila Wagner's Inclusive Programming series provides an inclusion program for students with autism spectrum disorders. Teachers, parents, and students alike will benefit from Sheila's insight and presentation as she outlines both theories and applications of inclusive programming for elementary school students. Her engaging and readable style, coupled with her extensive knowledge and classroom practice, make this book indispensable for professionals and nonprofessionals alike.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885477545
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 157
  • Sales rank: 1,458,772
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Sheila Wagner, M.Ed., received her undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, and her graduate degree in Special Education from Georgia State University. Past experience in autism began at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University where she was an associate teacher, then demonstration teacher in the autism demonstration program and, later, an educational consultant to teachers and schools across the State of Indiana.

Currently, Ms. Wagner is an autism consultant, school consultant, teacher trainer, guest lecturer, and published author of numerous articles and books. She received the Autism Society of America’s Literary Award for the first book in her inclusion series, Inclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism, and was named ASA’s (Greater Georgia Chapter) Professional of the Year in 2002. Ms. Wagner lives in the Atlanta, Georgia area with her husband and son.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments ix
Dedication xi
Introduction 1
Section 1 Inclusion Philosophy 3
Inclusive Programming for Students with Autism 5
Inclusion Project Rationale 8
EARC Inclusion Model 13
Section 2 What is Autism? 15
Characteristics of Autism 17
Characteristics of Asperger's Disorder 20
Section 3 Assessments 23
Assessing the Individual Student 25
Assessing the School, Teachers, and Classroom 29
A Principal's Role in Inclusion 35
Section 4 How Do We Impact Social Skills? 39
Social Skills for Children with Autism 41
Training Typical Peers for Social Intervention 47
Classroom Social Skills Lessons 49
The Modified Marble Jar 51
The Friends Club 54
Peer Tutoring Programs for Children with Autism 58
The Classroom Manager Role 62
The Lunch Bunch 64
Social Games for Elementary Students 66
Rehearsal Strategies for Teaching Appropriate Social Skills 69
Section 5 How Do We Impact Behavior? 71
Inappropriate Behaviors in Students with Autism 73
Behavior Terms and Definitions 78
Motivation and Children with Autism 80
Blast Off with the Rocket Ship 83
The Snake Race 88
The Puzzle Piece 90
Self-regulated Calm-down Time 91
Addressing Self-stimulatory Behaviors in an Inclusive Setting 93
Desensitization Programs for Students with Autism 97
Section 6 Where Do We Begin? 99
The IEP 101
Section 7 How Do We Teach These Students? 107
Teaching Strategies for Children With Autism 109
Paraprofessional Support for Students with Autism in Inclusive Settings 112
Academic Modifications for Inclusion 116
Section 8 Data Collection 123
Taking Data in Inclusive Settings 125
Weekly Data Tracking 126
Section 9 A Note about Middle School 129
Transition Planning for Middle School 131
Section 10 Partnership Between Home and School 135
Collaboration Between Home and School 137
A Parent's Perspective of Inclusion 138
Section 11 Contributions 139
From the Students 141
Notes from an "AS" to an NT 143
A Final Word 144
Appendix 145
Weekly Data Tracking Form 147
Data Collection in an Inclusive Setting 149
Academic/Behavior Checklist - Regular Education Teacher 150
Academic/Behavior Checklist - Paraprofessional 151
Academic/Behavior Checklist - Special Education Teacher 152
Teacher Self-check 153
Functional Analysis of Behavior 155
Classroom Motivator Assessment 156
Rocket Ship #1 159
Rocket Ship #2 161
Rocket Ship #3 163
Flower Chart #1 165
Flower Chart #2 167
Flower Chart #3 169
Snake Race 171
Puzzle Piece 173
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