Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism: Creating a Complete, Effective Asd Inclusion Program

Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism: Creating a Complete, Effective Asd Inclusion Program

Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism: Creating a Complete, Effective Asd Inclusion Program

Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism: Creating a Complete, Effective Asd Inclusion Program

Synopsis

"Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism" gives teachers in both special and general education as well as administrators the information they need to start and maintain an effective inclusion program for children with autism spectrum disorders. The book offers step-by-step guidance for creating successful inclusion programs and includes specific information on key topics such as educator roles and responsibilities, ongoing program assessment, and evaluating student progress. De Boer offers specific advice for designing an appropriate inclusive education program, outlines legal guidelines for placement, and provides valuable teaching tips on a wide variety of topics including behavior management, boosting social and communication skills, and more.

The book also offers a wealth of helpful forms, checklists, and handouts that will assist with implementing the inclusion program and ensure that all involved--educators, administrators, parents, and students--have the information necessary to make the program successful.

Praise for "Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism"

"Successfully including children with autism in general education isn't an accident. Teachers, practitioners, and parents will find practical solutions and important guidelines in this book for making inclusion successful. Dr. de Boer's passion for inclusion of children with ASD is felt throughout the pages of this book." --Lynn Koegel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, clinical director, Koegel Autism Center, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Finally, a book that offers the potential to make inclusion successful for students with autism. This book not only looks at the unique characteristics of ASD, but highlights and addresses the social and behavioral demands of the general education setting for students with autism." --Katie Cook, Ph.D., early childhood autism specialist, Harmony Early Childhood Center, Olathe, KS

Excerpt

The recent attention given to children and youth with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is remarkable, albeit predictable given the astonishing increase in the prevalence of autism-related disabilities. That asd is currently more common than Down syndrome, juvenile diabetes, and childhood cancer is a clear reminder of the impact the condition is having on families, schools, and communities. Prominent among the groups that are experiencing the effects of asd are teachers and other educators who are attempting to successfully and prudently include learners with autism and autism-related conditions in general education classrooms and other inclusion programs.

To be sure, children and youth who carry diagnoses that place them on the autism spectrum are eminently unique and enigmatic. Even when compared to other exceptional students, the behavior and demeanor of individuals with asd make this group a particularly challenging set. Some learners with asd have average or above-average cognitive and language abilities; others diagnosed with asd have significant intellectual and communication deficits. Children and adolescents diagnosed with asd each bring social skill and social interaction challenges to classrooms, although in highly unique ways. Comorbid conditions such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, seizure disorders, sensory disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and self-injurious behavior further intensify the complexity and challenges associated with effectively educating students with asd. Classroom personnel and administrators require appropriate guidance and support in order to provide high-quality and effectual educational programs for dealing with these unique elements of asd in general education classrooms and other inclusive settings.

Successful Inclusion for Students with Autism: Creating a Complete, Effective asd Inclusion Program is a practical resource for educators and others seeking evidence-based and practical strategies for including students diagnosed with asd in general education classrooms. It offers a clear and effective road map for guiding educators, school administrators, and others in crafting, implementing, and evaluating appropriate and effective inclusion programs for students with asd. That it also offers special educators, general educators, related support professionals, paraeducators . . .

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