This book presents the first research-based, comprehensive program designed to support high school students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a convenient large-size format.
Developed and tested in public schools by the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CSESA), the program addresses four critical areas—literacy, social competence and peer relationships, independence, and postschool transition preparation for students and their families. Chapters provide a roadmap for implementation of each component, complete with intervention guidelines, case vignettes, key findings, lessons learned, and reproducible forms that can be downloaded and printed at the companion website. The book also helps readers navigate the wealth of additional resources freely available from CSESA.
“At its heart, this book is about the daunting task of growing up, and the added complexities that autism introduces. Odom and his contributing authors present the most current scholarship on supporting adolescents with ASD, yet take care to ground this knowledge in the perspectives of students and their families. Basic theoretical foundations for the CSESA approach are explained and applied to academic instruction, social development, independence and self-management, and transition systems. Readers are provided with encouraging outcome data supporting the CSESA approach, as well as suggestions for implementation and evaluation. This is a strong book, grounded in clear values, practical experience, and empirical documentation.” —Robert H. Horner, PhD, Special Education Program (Emeritus), University of Oregon
“A much-needed resource to help secondary educators think about how to design effective programs for this growing population of students. The book accurately outlines the core challenges for students with ASD, their families, and the public education systems designed to support them. CSESA integrates the best available evidence as well as implementation science practices into a very promising model that can improve student outcomes. The case examples and practical resources will be very useful to secondary teams as they grapple with how to serve their students with ASD more effectively.” —Patricia Schetter, MA, BCBA, Coordinator of Autism Education Initiatives, Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, MIND Institute, University of California, Davis
“Unfortunately, when it comes to planning for the transition to adulthood, the terms ‘evidence-based’ and ‘readily accessible’ are rarely seen as compatible. Thankfully, Odom has provided us with an extraordinary melding of evidence and accessibility that should have a direct and positive impact on the lives of autistic public school students as they transition to adulthood and life in their communities. This book should be required reading for every member of an individual’s transition team.” —Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD, Executive Director, The EPIC Programs, Paramus, New Jersey