Simple Strategies That Work: Helpful Hints for All Educators of Students With Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, and Related Disorders

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May, 2010
Brenda Smith Myles
Diane Adreon
Dena Gitlitz
2006
Simple Strategies That Work: Helpful Hints for All Educators of Students With Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, and Related Disorders

Simple Strategies That Work: Helpful Hints for Students with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, and Related Disorders is an informative, forty page guide of practical suggestions for supporting high-functioning students on the spectrum. Written in clear, concise language, with case studies for examples, this book is an easy to understand manual for those new to the field, as well as a reference for those who need a refresher of best practices. Simple Strategies That Work outlines ten domains of difficulty areas, including managing the environment, creating a balanced agenda, and operating on Asperger time, and gives strategies to support each domain. Each strategy includes explanations illustrating the impact on students, and are easy to prepare and implement. Overall, this is an excellent resource for anyone who supports students on the Autism Spectrum. Click here to buy Simple Strategies that Work: Helpful Hints for All Educators of Students with Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, and Related Disorders from the POPARD Amazon Bookstore.

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Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions

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April, 2010
Nick Dubin
2007
Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions
This book is an informative and practical resource for parents, administrators, and educators. The author, Nick Dubin, is an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome and provides many examples and vignettes to illustrate his point. Nick Dubin describes his personal experiences with bullying, and introduces the reader to the characteristics of a person with Asperger’s syndrome in the context of the social environment. Nick Dubin examines bullying from the point of view of the individual, classroom and school. This book includes a practical summary after each chapter, frequently asked questions, and internet resources. It is divided into the following sections:
  • My Own Experiences of Being Bullied
  • Easy Targets: Children on the Autism Spectrum
  • Empowering victims, bystanders, and teachers
  • Understanding bullies
  • Empowering Parents and Schools
  • An Interview with My Parents
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Do, Watch, Listen, Say: Social and Communication Intervention for Children with Autism

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March, 2010
Kathleen Ann Quill
2000
Do, Watch, Listen, Say:  Social and Communication Intervention for Children with

Do-Watch-Listen-Say: Social and Communication Intervention for Children with Autism would be especially useful to educational teams as they plan effective programs for children with autism spectrum disorder. It provides approximately two dozen assessment tools and hundreds of evidence-based strategies to support the social and communication needs of children with autism spectrum disorder. It is divided into five areas:

  • Perspectives on social and communication development
  • Assessment of social and communication skills
  • Strategies based on behavioral and developmental approaches
  • Curriculum guidelines
  • Resources

I especially recommend this book because of the user-friendly, quick-and-easy checklists that assess various aspects of social and communication behavior, such as nonverbal social interaction, imitation, organization, play, and community social skills, to name a few. Results of these assessments may be used to select strategies and programs that follow in subsequent chapters.

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Pathways to Competence for Young Children: A Parenting Program

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February, 2010
Sarah Landy
Elizabeth Thompson
2006
Pathways to Competence for Young Children- A Parenting Program

Pathways to Competence for Young Children is a parenting program based on the Helping Encourage Affect Regulation (HEAR) program developed in 1995. This program was designed to be presented in about 20 weeks. It was originally developed for parents of children who present with behaviour problems such as chronic noncompliance and aggression, but can be used with a variety of target audiences. The program supports parents to develop 10 basic competencies in their children. These competencies include body control and positive body image; secure attachment; play and imagination; language and communication; emotional regulation; and social competence.

The book contains information regarding:

  • Guidelines as to how to set up a parenting group (such as suggested number of participants, location, time frame, recruitment and attendance, how to encourage participation and motivate parents, child care, resource material and binders)
  • Suggestions as to the group process as well as group rules regarding confidentiality, attendance and conduct in the group
  • Overall plan regarding group session structure and content
  • Troubleshooting (such as dealing with challenges within a group)
  • Ways to evaluate a group

A CD-ROM is included which contains handouts and resource material (including consent forms, sample advertisements, parent satisfaction survey).
Pathways to Competence for Young Children is a well-researched, well-designed, user friendly program that could be adapted for use in a variety of settings with a variety of target populations.

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Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential

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January, 2010
Peg Dawson, EdD.
Richard Guare, PhD.
2008
Smart But Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Ki

This is a practical and informative resource for any parent or teacher who wants to learn more about executive skills.

This book contains a wealth of information on what executive skills are, how they typically develop, and how the environment can contribute to their development. This resource will also help parents and teachers come up with strategies to address a specific problem task or executive skill. Each executive skill is individually described and brief rating scales are included to determine where a child is at in terms of skill development.

Overall, a very user friendly resource.

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Right Address ... Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults

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December, 2009
Gena P. Barnhill
2002
Right Address ... Wrong Planet: Children with Asperger Syndrome Becoming Adults

This book addresses the issues a family experiences as their son, who is now a young adult, enters the adult world.

The book looks at:

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Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Manual

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November, 2009
Katherine Paxton
and Irene A. Estay, London, 2007
2007
Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum: A Practical Manual

Katherine Paxton, a consultant and counselor, and Irene Estay, a practicing psychologist, have worked extensively with individuals with ASD as well as their families and the community agencies which support these individuals. The authors begin with an overview of autism. They then describe autistic thinking and logic as they describe visual thinking, literal thinking, self concept, Theory of Mind and Executive functioning.

Paxton and Estay recognize that a diagnosis of ASD does not preclude having mental health issues. The authors point out that “differences in emotional expression or flat affect” can very well mask the comorbid forms of psychotherapy. They also show that anxiety in young children, if not addressed properly, can manifest as unhealthy coping strategies later in life.

This book is a valuable resource for professionals, parents, teachers and individuals with ASD. It clearly emphasizes the critical importance of implementing visual supports. The book also provides a number of general strategies and modifications for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Case studies illustrate that counselors, parents, teachers and individuals with ASD equipped with the appropriate tools can affect positive outcomes for self-concept, relationships and employability.

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No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for managing and preventing out-of-control behavior

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October, 2009
Jed Baker, Ph.D. (2008)
No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for managing and preventing out-of-control behavior

This is a readable, wise and practical look at managing behaviour in a postive pro-active way. Baker provides a four step framework for understanding, preventing and if necessary, dealing with meltdowns.
The book is based on the ideas of Positive Behaviour Support but presented in everyday language that makes it fun to read and easy to access. There are case studies, many examples from both the home and school perspective and simple tools that can be used to plan for a student.
Well worth your time!

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Late, Lost and Unprepared: A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children with Executive Function

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September, 2012
Joyce Cooper-Kahn, Ph.D & Laurie Dietzel, Ph.D
Late, Lost and Unprepared:   A Parents’ Guide to Helping Children  with Executiv

    

This book contains a wealth of information for both
parents and teachers.
Along with describing executive dysfunction, it provides
case studies and practical strategies by helping children
• control impulses
• shift gears
• get started on tasks
• handle working memory difficulties
• monitor their behaviour.
Check it out! it’s worth a read!

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