Teaching Children With Autism in the General Classroom: Strategies for Effective Inclusion and Instruction

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Recent special education legislation has led to a rise in inclusion classrooms, where students with special needs, including autism spectrum disorders, are taught alongside their nondisabled peers. Teaching Children With Autism in the General Classroom provides an introduction to inclusionary practices that serve children with autism, giving teachers the practical advice they need to ensure each student receives the quality education he or she deserves.

Promoting field-tested strategies and techniques, this book offers teachers sound advice for creating a classroom environment conducive to learning success for children with autism spectrum disorders. Topics covered include using assistive technology, collaborating with parents and paraeducators, teaching social skills, developing behavioral interventions, and creating effective academic instruction. This book gives general education teachers a solid background of knowledge about autism and the needs of students with the disorder.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593633646
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,306,549
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Simpson, PhD, is an associate professor and program coordinator for special education at Sam Houston State University and an educational consultant in the areas of assessment and inclusive practices. Vicky Spencer, PhD, is an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University. Her current research interests include instruction for students with disabilities and inclusive classroom settings.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Vicky G. Spencer Cynthia G. Simpson 1

Chapter 1 Understanding Recommendations for Identification and Programming Sharon A. Lynch 5

Chapter 2 Setting Up the Classroom Sue Palko Chris Frawley 29

Chapter 3 Effective Academic Instruction for Students With High Functioning Autism or Asperger's Syndrome Janet Graetz 45

Chapter 4 Socialization and Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders Kathi Wilhite Marsha Craft Tripp Lora Lee Smith Canter Kim Floyd 75

Chapter 5 Behavioral Interventions for Children and Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorders Stacey Jones Bock Jeffrey P. Bakken Nichelle Kempel-Michalak 109

Chapter 6 Using Instructional Technology in the Classroom Marci Kinas Jerome 143

Chapter 7 Supporting Parents of Children Diagnosed With Autism: An Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Approach John T. Blackledge Daniel J. Moran Thane Dykstra 161

Chapter 8 Building Learner-Focused Collaborative Relationships John Lloyd Lowdermilk III Cheryl Fielding Carey Lowdermilk 191

Bringing It Together: Notes From the Editors 219

About the Editors 221

About the Contributors 223

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