Addressing the Challenging Behavior of Children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Parents

Addressing the Challenging Behavior of Children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Parents

Addressing the Challenging Behavior of Children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Parents

Addressing the Challenging Behavior of Children with High Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Parents

Synopsis

Rebecca Moyes takes on one of the biggest challenges in the classroom: problem behaviors. She not only evaluates explanations for these behaviors, she explains why traditional approaches to managing poor behavior do not work for children with autism and Asperger's syndrome. She supplies practical tips on how to tackle the problem behaviors both in the classroom and outside it, including many individual examples. She also incorporates a case study with a behavior support plan which contains environmental supports to strengthen teaching strategies.

Excerpt

I have always felt that there were two main arteries that seem to be the most difficult to navigate when we work with children with autism: how to address their social skills and what to do about problem behaviors. When I finished my first book, Incorporating Social Goals in the Classroom – A Guide for Teachers and Parents of Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome, I realized that there was yet another that needed to be written. It is my deepest wish that you will find both books helpful.

As a former teacher, I am fortunate to be able to experience both the ‘parent side’ and the ‘educator side.’ I want parents to know that most teachers really do want to help our children; but they need training and support to be able to do an effective job. I also want teachers to know that our kids may be different from any other students you have had the pleasure to teach. Everything you may know about special needs children may not be enough. I also want teachers to know that they will probably never meet a student in their classroom as special and unique as a child with autism. If parents and teachers can learn to truly accept and appreciate the individuality of these children, they will be opening themselves up to a wonderful, enriching experience.

This book is not the answer to every behavior problem that ever existed in the field of autism. Its contents should not be used without careful consideration to the individual needs of each student. I am certain, however, that it will serve as a useful reference tool. You will be able to gather many helpful, practical ideas from its pages.

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