Whether you are the parent of a child on the spectrum or a classroom teacher, this "go to" reference will help you better understand children and teenagers with autism and Asperger's syndrome and give you advice on providing appropriate, sensitive, and effective supports both at home and at school. Internationally known consultant, educator, and advocate Paula Kluth, and contributing author John Shouse (the parent of a young man with autism), offer the most current information available and practical advice on a wide range of topics including:
• Early indicators of autism and tools commonly used to screen and diagnose
• The positive traits often associated with autism
• Modifying the home for a child with autism
• What can be done at school and at home to build social skills and teach organization
• Advocating for a child with autism or Asperger's syndrome
• What educators can do if they think a student is "on the spectrum"
• Building a supportive classroom community
• "Don'ts" for working with students on the spectrum
• Provides vital, accessible information for parents and teachers working with children in the autism spectrum
• Contains a wealth of useful strategies, information, and resources
Presented in a concise, easy-to-read checklist format, The Autism Checklist also contains a wealth of recommended books, websites, vendors, and organizations. The material is organized into the following five sections:
• Section 1: Basic Information on Autism
• Section 2: Checklists for Parents
• Section 3: Checklists for Educators
• Section 4: Effective Support Strategies
• Section 5: Resources for Parents and Educators
Dr. Paula Kluth is a consultant, educator, and advocate whose specialties include supporting children with autism and other disabilities in inclusive classrooms. A former special education teacher, Kluth is the author of numerous books including You're Going to Love This Kid: Teaching Students with Autism in Inclusive Schools.
John Shouse served as president of the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee and as vice chair of the national board of the Autism Society of America. He is the father of three children, including Evan, his thirteen-year-old son with autism.
"As well as being a standout addition to the litany of parenting books available, this manual may be the most effective strategy guide for educators that I've yet seen. The Autism Checklist doesn't demand an enormous amount of teachers' time, yet it gives them (and parents) volumes of useful information."—Michael John Carley, executive director, GRASP (The Global and Regional Asperger syndrome Partnership, Inc.) and author of Asperger's From the Inside Out
224 pages. 2009
Keywords: Autism; Books about autism; Autism spectrum disorders; Parenting a child with a disability; Special parents; Books for parents of children with special needs; Books about parenting a special needs child; Teaching