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Book Study Resources for Autism Focused Professional Learning Communities

Book Study Resources

Throughout Ohio educators, paraprofessionals, related service personnel and family members are enhancing their understanding of autism spectrum disorder and how to support individuals with ASD through the use of book studies. Professional Learning Communities and online learning have provided parents and professionals the platform to collaborate and learn from each other. The following are books that can be borrowed from the OCALI lending library and can be utilized as book studies.

"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

 

Sensory Issues and High-Functioning Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders
New Book Study

Sensory Issues and High-Functioning Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders

Practical Solutions for Making Sense of the World

Brenda Smith Myles, Kelly Mahler, Lisa Robbins

Expanding on the first edition, this book provides information on how children with high-functioning ASD connect through their senses. Sections on assessment tools and evidence based interventions are included. Checklists and practicable forms are included to assist readers with supporting children across environments and throughout the entire day.

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Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System
New Book Study

Interoception: The Eighth Sensory System

Kelly Mahler

This book provides information to parents and professionals on the eighth sensory system, Interoception. The Interoceptive System allows individuals to understand signals from their body, such as hunger, thirst, pain, fear, etc. Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder are challenged with labeling how they are feeling internally. This book provides research as well as practical strategies to support individuals who struggle with self-regulation.

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Uniquely Human

Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism

Dr. Barry Prizant

This book, written by a well-regarded expert in the field, is filled with inspiring stories taken from years of experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The author encourages readers to look at individuals with ASD differently, not as persons with an unfortunate disability but as people who are uniquely human.

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Book Study: Late Lost and Unprepared

Late, Lost and Unprepared

Joyce Cooper-Kahn and Laurie Dietzel

This book is full of practical strategies and tips to support families and educators of children from elementary school through high school who are challenged by weak executive function skills. Despite their best efforts, children who struggle with executive function skills may need support in areas such as organization, impulse control, self-monitoring and working memory. Given the academic and social demands students encounter on a daily basis, this book is a must-have resource for parents and educators.

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There's A Boy In Here

There's A Boy In Here

Judy Barron and Sean Barron

This is a view from inside the mind of autism — a dual autobiography written in point-counterpoint style by Judy Barron and her son, Sean Barron. Together, they chronicle Sean's young life and the effects of autism on him and his family. As a youngster, Sean was confrontational, uncontrollable, "isolated and desperately unhappy." Baffled about how to interact with others, he felt "like an alien from outer space." Then, at seventeen, Sean experienced a breakthrough that began his release from autism. Today he's a public speaker and reporter—and close to his family.

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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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