Meeting a growing need for school-based practitioners, this book provides vital tools for improving the academic, behavioral, and social outcomes of students with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome (HFA/AS).
Research-based best practices are presented for conducting meaningful assessments; collaborating with teachers, students, and parents to prevent school difficulties and to problem solve when they occur; and developing effective individualized education plans (IEPs).
The book features a wealth of practical prevention and intervention strategies, illustrated with concrete examples. Over a dozen reproducibles include interview forms and observation sheets.
“This comprehensive guide would complement the resource library of any school multidisciplinary team. The book provides evidence-based recommendations for providing appropriate services for students with HFA/AS. Highlights include specific teaching strategies across the primary subject areas, behavioral strategies that are easily adapted into any classroom, and recommendations for designing and implementing individualized education programs appropriate for each student’s needs. This resource is well organized and accessible, making it user friendly for school teams.”
—Shannon Crozier, PhD, BCBA-D, and Heather Baltodano Van Ness, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders
“Essential reading for all in the field of education. The authors use real-life examples to help school psychologists and educators navigate common but challenging situations. Sansosti, Powell-Smith, and Cowan bridge the gap from theory to practice, presenting information and applications with authority and clarity.”
—Don Saracusa, MA, MS, school psychologist, Akron Public Schools, Ohio
“This book takes a practical, evidence-based approach to understanding students with HFA/AS and designing and implementing effective interventions. Coverage of such topics as positive behavior supports, academic interventions, assessment procedures that are directly linked to interventions, and ways to enhance social skills makes the book a gem. This is a valuable resource for anyone involved in providing educational and treatment services for individuals with autism. It also will be extremely useful as a training tool for future practitioners.”
—William R. Jenson, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah