Inclusive Programming for High School Students with Autism or Aspergers Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Teachers


Winner of an Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award by the Autism Society of America!

A NAPPA Honors Winner in the 2010 National Parenting Publications Awards!

Finalist in the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards!

Successful inclusion in high school is critical for achieving independence as an adult!

Even though inclusive education is now the standard for educating ...

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Winner of an Outstanding Literary Work of the Year Award by the Autism Society of America!

A NAPPA Honors Winner in the 2010 National Parenting Publications Awards!

Finalist in the 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards!

Successful inclusion in high school is critical for achieving independence as an adult!

Even though inclusive education is now the standard for educating students with special needs, inclusion is a still a very new process. Successful inclusion relies on flexibility of parents and educators, and their ability to work together for the sake of the student. Training, collaboration, specialized teaching, long-term planning, and a clear idea of the desired outcome for the student—these are just as important at the high school level as they were in elementary and middle school.

This comprehensive guide will help you give your child or student the best possible high school experience. You will learn how to help students navigate the social minefields of friendships and dating, while fostering the executive functioning skills they will need as adults. Expert Sheila Wagner provides the strategies and solutions you’ll need before, during, and after high school.

Topics include:

  • Transitioning from Middle School
  • IEP Goals and Objectives
  • Accommodations/Modifications
  • Course Selection
  • Developing Friendships
  • Prom Night and Dating
  • Bullying
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Zero-tolerance and Discipline Standards
  • Driving Permits
  • Preparing for College
  • Employment Options
  • Transitioning to the Adult World
  • Planning for Inclusion into the Community
  • Plus many more!


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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Sheila’s book goes a long way toward addressing the myriad of issues and positive ideas that wrap around the overarching concept of inclusion. …Thankfully, this book does an excellent job of exploring the range of topics that need to be discussed, not only with students who have Asperger’s Syndrome and similar disabilities, but also with educational providers and families. Spun with humor and insight, it offers the reader a firm grasp of the issues facing our teens as they prepare for their own adulthood.”

Michelle Garcia Winner, from the Foreword
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932565577
  • Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.10 (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

Thanks to
Foreword by Michelle Garcia Winner

Part I: High School, Here We Come!
The High School Mentality
Transitioning from Middle School
Characteristics of Typically Developing
High School Students
Characteristics of High School Students with Autism
Characteristics of High School Students with Asperger’s Syndrome

Part II: Educational Issues
Restructuring High Schools for Inclusion
Four-year versus Five-year Programs
Course Selection
Honors/AP Classes
Dropping Out of School
Foreign Language Requirements
Collaborative Classes, Co-teaching and Inclusion Classes
Study-Abroad Programs/Exchange Programs
Independent Study Program
Online Courses
Home Schooling
Athletic Emphasis
Organizational Skills at the High School Level
IEP Goals and Objectives
Academic Accommodations/Modifications
Graduation Requirements
Summer Coursework
Private High Schools
Asperger’s and Giftedness: “Twice Exceptional” Students

Part III: Behavior Programming
Behavior Programming and Adolescent Angst
Positive Behavior Plans
Punishment-Based Behavior Programming
Teaching Consequences to Students with ASD
Motivation versus Cognitive Processing
Zero-tolerance and Discipline Standards
The Out-of-Control Student
Legal Issues
You’re Under Arrest! ASD and Law Enforcement
Bullying and Peer Victimization
Related Topics

Part IV: The Social Scene
Social Skills Overview
Social Skills Assessment
IEP Objectives
Acting Proactively
Teaching Social Skills in High School
Developing Friendships
Peer Programming
Music Programs
Prom Night and Dating
The Social-Sexual Scene
Puberty, Adolescence, and Sex Education
Before-/After-School Activities

Part V: Adaptive/Vocational Options
Adaptive Skills
Work Exploration Programs
Vocational Activities
Functional Academic Skills
Domestic Living
Leisure Time in the Community
Driving Permits/Privileges
Vocational Rehabilitation Evaluation

Part VI: Transitioning to the Adult World
Long-term Planning
Informing Students about their Disability
Graduation: Age 18 or 21?
College Introductory Classes
Finding a College or University
Associate’s Degrees
Planning for Inclusion into the Community
Adult Services

Part VII: Words of Wisdom

Resources for Successful Inclusion Programs


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  • Posted January 26, 2010

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    This book is a must have for parents of children with Autism

    I have a 15 y/o son with Autism dx at 2y/o. Fighting for his education, and knowing what he needs to fight for has been an ongoing struggle during his school years. I've known Sheila Wagner since my son was diagnosed, and have great respect for her passion to advocate for our Autistic children, and what they are entitled to. I own all three versions of this book (Elementary, Middle and now High school) and consider it a necessary tool to his success. It's helped me to understand what my child needs, and how those needs can be served by the school system to help him get the most out of his educational years. My son without my knowledge of what to advocate for would be in an Special Ed class ALL day. Because of this book, I learned the importance of him being with his typical peers, and how important exposure to new things are for him. If he'd of never been given the opportunity to mainstream, we'd of never known his full academic potential. Because he is mainstreamed, he has just blossomed beyond what anyone at the school ever said he would. This book has helped me accomplish that for him, to better advocate for him. Because of that, I am eternally greatful for Sheila, and applaud her efforts and work for our children. Purchase this series of books, you won't regret it.

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