You're Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom / Edition 2

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Thousands of educators have turned to "You're Going to Love This Kid!" for fresh ways to welcome and teach students with autism—and now the book teachers trust is fully revised and more practical than ever! Gathering feedback from teachers across the country during her popular workshops, autism expert Paula Kluth targeted this second edition to the specific needs of today's primary- and secondary-school educators. Still packed with the ready-to-use tips and strategies that teachers are looking for, the new edition gives readers:

  • dozens of NEW photocopiable forms, checklists, and planning tools that make it easy for teachers to implement the suggested strategies (see box)
  • photos of curricular adaptations, sensory supports, and classroom scenes
  • thoroughly revised and updated chapters on today's hottest topics: improving literacy, implementing positive behavior support, and collaborating effectively with families
  • larger 8.5 x 11 format, so the book is easier to read and photocopy
  • study guide with challenging discussion questions for each chapter-perfect for pre- and inservice professional development and book clubs
  • new ideas throughout the book based on the latest research on autism, inclusion, literacy, and behavior

Readers will also get updates on all of the other topics covered in the first edition, including fostering friendships, building communication skills, planning challenging and multidimensional lessons, and adapting the curriculum and the physical environment. And with the new first-person stories from people with autism and their teachers and parents, readers will have a better understanding of students on the spectrum and how to include them successfully.

A book teachers will keep forever for creative ideas and inspiration, this new edition of "You're Going to Love This Kid!" is the ultimate practical guide to including students with autism, teaching them effectively and sensitively, and appreciating the gifts they bring to the classroom.

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Editorial Reviews

Veronica Zysk

"A spectacular work, filled with thought-provoking wisdom that cultivates an appreciation for the positive potential inherent in every child on the autism spectrum, and practical suggestions for helping these kids shine! You're going to LOVE this book!"
Professor Emeritus, California State University, Northridge - June E. Downing
"Provides the same incredibly practical information as the first edition and then some . . . a very positive and upbeat state-of-the-art resource that goes well beyond including students with autism and presents solid advice on best practices for a wide range of students."
Special Education Teacher, Howard County, Maryland - Patricia Mack-Preston
"A wealth of knowledge, strategies, and resources to assist all educators in successfully understanding the value of inclusive education for all learners . . . Each chapter in this book said, 'Believe.'"
Director of the Social Skills Training Project and author of No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and - Jed Baker
"I loved this book! Respect and empathy infiltrate every chapter . . . and inform us how to appreciate and include all kids."
Director, Indiana Resource Center for Autism; Board Chair, Autism Society - Cathy Pratt
"Solid, practical, and realistic ideas . . . uplifting and extremely positive. Every teacher should have the opportunity to experience Dr. Kluth's wit, clarity and wisdom."
Consultant, The Ziggurat Group - Brenda Smith Myles
"The first edition was excellent, and whatever superlative exceeds excellent should be given to this new edition. It is simply fabulous!"
Director, Autism Institute, University of San Diego - Anne M. Donnellan
"Paula Kluth has, astonishingly enough, improved upon a unique and wonderful book. . . . Here, every page has ideas and ways to get to know and meet the unique needs of each student. You're going to love the book as I do."
University of California, Santa Barbara - Lynn Kern Koegel
"Full of great ideas and excellent strategies . . . Every teacher and parent should have multiple copies - one to keep and the rest to loan out!"
Clinical Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Project Coordinator, Institute on Disability, Durham, - Michael McSheehan
"Excellent! Paula brings clarity to complex issues, makes tangible the values and vision of inclusive education, and advances education toward wonderful new possibilities. Your students and colleagues are waiting for you to read this book!"
"Packed to overflowing with tested and proven wisdom, insight, perspective, tips, hints, how-to; it is a must-have for every parent, teacher, Sunday School teacher, homeschool co-op leader."
Inc. Book News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598570793
  • Publisher: Brookes, Paul H. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 135,949
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Chandler-Olcott, Ed.D., is an associate professor in Syracuse University’s Reading and Language Arts Center, where she directs the English Education program. Aformer secondary English and social studies teacher, she now teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in content literacy, English methods, literacy and technology, and writing for professional publication. She was awarded a Meredith Recognition Award for excellence in university teaching in 2000.

Dr. Chandler-Olcott’s research interests include adolescents’ technologymediated literacy practices, classroom-based inquiry by teachers, content literacy, and inclusive approaches to literacy instruction. With funding from the National Science Foundation, she and several colleagues recently completed data collection for a multiyear study of the literacy demands that reform-based mathematics curricula present for students in urban secondary classrooms. Her newest research project is a literacy intervention situated in an inclusive humanities class in an urban middle school.

Dr. Chandler-Olcott’s work has been published by such journals as English Education, Journal of Teacher Education, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and Reading Research Quarterly. She has also co-authored four books, the most recent being Spelling Inquiry: How One Elementary School Caught the Mnenomic Plague (Stenhouse, 1999), with the Mapleton Teacher-Research Group; and Tutoring Adolescent Literacy Learners: A Guide for Volunteers (Guilford, 2005), with Kathleen Hinchman.

Paula Kluth, Ph.D., is one of today's most popular and respected experts on autism and inclusive education. Through her work as an independent consultant and the high-energy presentations she gives to professionals across the country, Dr. Kluth helps educators and families create responsive, engaging schooling experiences for students with disabilities and their peers, too. An internationally respected scholar and author, Dr. Kluth has written or cowritten several books for Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., including "You're Going to Love This Kid!": Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom, Second Edition (2010); Pedro's Whale (2010); From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K–12 Classrooms (2010); "A Is for All Aboard!" (2010); "A Land We Can Share": Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism (2008); and "Just Give Him the Whale!": 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism (2008).

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Foreword Eugene Marcus

  1. Defining Autism
  2. Understanding Inclusive Schooling
  3. The Role of the Teacher
  4. Connecting with Families
    with Eileen Yoshina
  5. Creating a Comfortable Classroom
  6. Friendships, Social Relationships, and Belonging
  7. Building Communication Skills, Competencies, and Relationships
  8. Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism
    with Kelly Chandler-Olcott
  9. Rethinking Behavior
  10. Inclusive Pedagogy
  11. Teaching Strategies
    with Christi Kasa-Hendrickson
  12. Collaboration and Cooperation in the Inclusive School

Appendix: Discussion Questions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    The best gift ever

    This is the best gift that you could purchase for anyone working in a school setting. It offers acceptance and gives them something to think about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2006

    Insights Galore

    I'm a preschool special education teacher, and I loved reading this book. It covers not only numerous insights for us neurotypicals for working with students with ASD but for working with all students with varying needs. I highly recommended this book to many of our school's general education teachers, administrators and parents as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2004

    Finally somebody gets it right!!

    I applaud Paula Kluth for sharing this very caring and patient approach towards autism. The book is filled with extremely helpful suggestions and examples that any parent or classroom leader can begin using immediately. The message is even more potent because it is complimented with exerpts and insight from people with autism. One can only hope that Dr. Kluth's message quickly and thoroughly reaches everyone with conflicting beliefs! Get this book and I promise you will learn something new!!

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