Provided in this text are vignettes that illustrate the reality of special education. Additionally, approaches for addressing the real-word needs of students with ASD are provided, along with evidence-based support that describes the positive results of the strategies described. This text also introduces coaching methods that will guide teachers and instructional staff to create and maintain a "solutions-focused" coaching community.
The first section of the book presents a multi-tiered model for providing coaching at varying levels of support intensity, along with the numerous important considerations involved in implementing effective coaching supports. The second section presents an outline of effective practices in utilizing coaching strategies to support teachers in planning for the instruction of meaningful skills to students with ASD utilizing a team-based, collaborative coaching model. The third section provides numerous practical, evidence-based strategies to be used by coaches and teachers in teaching meaningful skills to students with ASD. The final chapter addresses critical issues involved in building the capacity of districts to evaluate, oversee and support the effective coaching of teachers in providing evidence-based practices to students with ASD.
Educating Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder serves as a clinical guide and delivers a practical discussion of high-quality coaching as an emerging best practice for supporting special educators (teachers and paraprofessionals) as well as school-based service providers (speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists). It is a valuable primary text for special education teachers in training, a resource for professional development personnel, and a tool for researchers and graduate students in education and teaching programs.
Key features include:Chapter objectivesReal-life vignettesReproducible formsSummary questions
Joshua K. Harrower, PhD, BCBA-D, is the Lawton Love Distinguished Professor of Special Education in the Department of Teacher Education at California State University, Monterey Bay. He coordinates the special education credential programs and the certificate program in behavior analysis. Dr. Harrower received his doctoral degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has more than 20 years of experience conducting research, working with school districts, and directing state and federally funded projects in the delivery of professional development, as well as preservice preparation of education personnel in the area of evidence-based instruction and behavior supports for students with autism spectrum disorder. His grant writing has resulted in more than $5 million in funding for personnel development and school climate transformation projects. Dr. Harrower's primary areas of scholarly interest include positive behavior interventions and support, autism spectrum disorder, applied behavior analysis, and pivotal response treatment.
Louis G. Denti, PhD, is a professor in special education at California State University, Monterey Bay, where he coordinates the master of arts in education program and teaches graduate level courses. Dr. Denti serves as an educational consultant to school districts on inclusion, collaboration/co-teaching, effective instruction, and classroom management. He is nationally known for his presentations and publications. He is the recipient of the prestigious Annie Glenn National Leadership award named for Annie Glenn, wife of former astronaut and Senator John Glenn. Dr Denti's professional interests include response to intervention, co-teaching, curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities, and classroom/behavior management. He has been on special education review teams at the local, regional, state, and international levels.
Marcia Weber-Olsen, PhD, CCC-SPL, is a consultant/coach for school teams and families of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and social communication disorders. She received her doctoral training from the University of Kansas and began a teaching and clinical research career with university faculty positions in communicative disorders and sciences in Michigan, Texas, and California. She currently is guest faculty for California State University, Monterey Bay. Dr. Weber-Olsen recently retired from the Monterey County Special Education Local Plan Area, where she served as professional trainer, classroom consultant, and coach in autism spectrum and communication disorders, as well as administrated an academic and clinical preparation program in speech-language pathology for teachers returning to special education. Her interests are in helping children with all communication disabilities and students with ASD succeed.
This gold mine of teacher-developed and -approved activities goes beyond classroom management theory and gives you ready-to-use tools that not only encourage positive behavior, but also empower students to take responsibility for their behavior. Excellent for all students, these activities will help you:Improve your teaching and classroom management skills Enhance your knowledge base Maintain a positive attitude so that you can be proactive rather than reactive
Also included are a quick-glance chart that groups the activities by appropriate grade level and helpful checklists.
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Girls with Asperger's Syndrome are less frequently diagnosed than boys, and even once symptoms have been recognised, help is often not readily available. The image of coping well presented by AS females of any age can often mask difficulties, deficits, challenges, and loneliness.
This is a must-have handbook written by an Aspergirl for Aspergirls, young and old. Rudy Simone guides you through every aspect of both personal and professional life, from early recollections of blame, guilt, and savant skills, to friendships, romance and marriage. Employment, career, rituals and routines are also covered, along with depression, meltdowns and being misunderstood. Including the reflections of over thirty-five women diagnosed as on the spectrum, as well as some partners and parents, Rudy identifies recurring struggles and areas where Aspergirls need validation, information and advice. As they recount their stories, anecdotes, and wisdom, she highlights how differences between males and females on the spectrum are mostly a matter of perception, rejecting negative views of Aspergirls and empowering them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.
This book will be essential reading for females of any age diagnosed with AS, and those who think they might be on the spectrum. It will also be of interest to partners and loved ones of Aspergirls, and anybody interested either professionally or academically in Asperger's Syndrome.