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Future Horizons, Inc.
Inclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism

Inclusive Programming for Elementary Students with Autism

by Sheila Wagner


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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 (ASD). 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781885477545
Publisher: Future Horizons, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/1999
Pages: 157
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 11.02(h) x 0.41(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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.

Table of Contents

Section 1Inclusion Philosophy3
Inclusive Programming for Students with Autism5
Inclusion Project Rationale8
EARC Inclusion Model13
Section 2What is Autism?15
Characteristics of Autism17
Characteristics of Asperger's Disorder20
Section 3Assessments23
Assessing the Individual Student25
Assessing the School, Teachers, and Classroom29
A Principal's Role in Inclusion35
Section 4How Do We Impact Social Skills?39
Social Skills for Children with Autism41
Training Typical Peers for Social Intervention47
Classroom Social Skills Lessons49
The Modified Marble Jar51
The Friends Club54
Peer Tutoring Programs for Children with Autism58
The Classroom Manager Role62
The Lunch Bunch64
Social Games for Elementary Students66
Rehearsal Strategies for Teaching Appropriate Social Skills69
Section 5How Do We Impact Behavior?71
Inappropriate Behaviors in Students with Autism73
Behavior Terms and Definitions78
Motivation and Children with Autism80
Blast Off with the Rocket Ship83
The Snake Race88
The Puzzle Piece90
Self-regulated Calm-down Time91
Addressing Self-stimulatory Behaviors in an Inclusive Setting93
Desensitization Programs for Students with Autism97
Section 6Where Do We Begin?99
The IEP101
Section 7How Do We Teach These Students?107
Teaching Strategies for Children With Autism109
Paraprofessional Support for Students with Autism in Inclusive Settings112
Academic Modifications for Inclusion116
Section 8Data Collection123
Taking Data in Inclusive Settings125
Weekly Data Tracking126
Section 9A Note about Middle School129
Transition Planning for Middle School131
Section 10Partnership Between Home and School135
Collaboration Between Home and School137
A Parent's Perspective of Inclusion138
Section 11Contributions139
From the Students141
Notes from an "AS" to an NT143
A Final Word144
Weekly Data Tracking Form147
Data Collection in an Inclusive Setting149
Academic/Behavior Checklist - Regular Education Teacher150
Academic/Behavior Checklist - Paraprofessional151
Academic/Behavior Checklist - Special Education Teacher152
Teacher Self-check153
Functional Analysis of Behavior155
Classroom Motivator Assessment156
Rocket Ship #1159
Rocket Ship #2161
Rocket Ship #3163
Flower Chart #1165
Flower Chart #2167
Flower Chart #3169
Snake Race171
Puzzle Piece173

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