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Book Study Resources for Autism Focused Professional Learning Communities

Book Study Resources for Autism Focused Professional Learning Communities

In different regions of Ohio, educators, paraprofessionals, and related service personnel are enhancing their understanding of autism spectrum disorders and how to support the students they serve through the use of book studies. Professional Learning Communities and online learning have provided professionals the platform to collaborate and learn from each other. The following is a list of the books that are being studied: A Land We Can Share by Dr. Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott; The Hidden Curriculum by Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman, and Ronda Schelvan; Building Social Relationships by Dr. Scott Bellini; and The Ziggurat Model by Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman.

"The online book study has promoted conversations among teachers and school staff that have led to the application of new ideas and strategies for students identified on the autism spectrum. It has also improved existing teaching skills of those participating.  It has helped build professional learning communities in school districts. Graduate credit, issued through the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio, has been made available to participants for purchase as well as contact hours for license renewal."

Stephanie Childers, SST 15, Special Education Consultant

"Our book studies have given participants the means to meet and collaborate with fellow educators in a safe and inclusive environment while promoting a deeper understanding of ASD through discussions of best practice methodology. As our group is multidisciplinary, participants have the opportunity to hear the perspective of classroom teachers, administrators, and related service providers. In addition, members welcome the opportunity to share tried-and-true instructional strategies, assist others with problem-solving ideas, and, of course, commiserate over shared classroom disasters."

Lorene Pfahler, SST 5 Special Education Consultant

 

A Land We Can Share

A Land We Can Share

Dr. Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott

This book moves beyond functional literacy skills and shows K-12 educators how to bring high-quality, meaningful literacy instruction to students with autism.  It helps in-service and pre-service teachers understand how students with mild to significant autism can be perceived as literate and then supported to participate in literacy activities both in and out of school.

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The Hidden Curriculum

The Hidden Curriculum

Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Melissa Trautman, and Ronda Schelvan

This book offers practical suggestions and advice for how to teach and learn those subtle messages that most people seem to pick up almost automatically but that have to be directly taught to individuals with social-cognitive challenges. Given the serious consequences that can befall a person who violates a social rule, the strategies and detailed lists of curriculum items make The Hidden Curriculum a much-needed resource.

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Building Social Relationship

Building Social Relationships

Dr. Scott Bellini

This book addresses the need for social programming for children and adolescents with ASD by providing a comprehensive five-step model. The model incorporates the following steps: assess social functioning, distinguish between skill acquisition and performance deficits, select intervention strategies, implement intervention, and evaluate and monitor progress. The book also supports parents and professionals with organizing and making sense of the myriad of social skills strategies and resources currently available.

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The Ziggurat Model

The Ziggurat Model

Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman

This book provides a framework for designing interventions for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. It includes the latest autism research as well as a special section on how to integrate The Comprehensive Autism Planning System (CAPS; Henry and Myles, 2007). It is being adopted by many school districts as essential tools in program planning and treatment. It includes assessment tools, case scenarios, and interventions developed to meet the unique needs for those with ASD.

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