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Developing Leisure Time Skills for Persons with Autism
by Phyllis Coyne, Colleen Nyberg, Mary Lou Vandenburg

Free time should be part of the day that all kids look forward to. But for many children on the autism spectrum, it is a painfully unstructured part of the day defined by anxiety and fear. This book provides comprehensive, structured strategies to help adults introduce meaningful activities to ASD children, which they can practice at school or at home. The first half of the book provides forms and charts that will help adults assess the child’s sensory needs, select age-appropriate activities, and then determine level of interest in specific activities. The second half provides numerous “”Activity Cards”” for going to the park, playing games, listening to music, and many more!

A Practical Guide to Autism
by Fred R. Volkmar, Lisa A. Wiesner

Autism is in the public spotlight now more than ever as new research and information appears almost daily. Although in many ways this is a positive development it also presents challenges to families and practitioners who want to keep up with the latest developments and are left to sift through new information by themselves to see what is credible and relevant for them.Each of us needs a personal research assistant who can determine which information we need to pay attention to and let us know how it might affect our daily work and the children we are living with or serve.

Since we each don’t have our own research assistants on staff, I am delighted to recommend this wonderful book by Fred Volkmar and Lisa Wiesner. Both of these talented professional leaders have combined their scientific skills and understanding of the field with great practical experience and ideas about how research can be translated into clinical practice. The result is a book that provides the best and most comprehensive information about recent scientific developments and a splendid practical guide for how they are being implemented and what we are learning in the process. The issues are presented in all of their complexity but translated into language that is clear, direct, and easy to follow. The format also lends itself to understanding the complex issues and their implications through excellent charts, question and answer sections, and chapters that vary from describing diagnostic issues to stating very specifically how to expand and evaluate the services one is receiving. The comprehensive references and lists of additional resources also add greatly to the overall package.

As a professional dedicated to understanding scientific advances and helping families and teachers to utilize them most effectively, I am very pleased to have an ally like this book available. I am very grateful to the authors for providing a very credible, practical, and relevant addition to our field to help the many advocates and family practitioners to better understand the exciting new developments and how they can be implemented in our day to day work. Those taking the time to read through this superb volume will find it time well spent that pays back dividends in many different ways.
—FOREWORD by Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D., Professor and Director of TEACCH, Treatment and Education of Autistic and Related Communication Handicapped Children University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Developing Leisure Time Skills for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Revised and Expanded)
by Colleen Nyberg, Phyllis Coyne, Mary Lou Klagge, Mary Lou Vandenburg

Make free time fun for kids with ASD!Free time should be part of the day that all kids look forward to. But for many children on the autism spectrum, it can be a painfully unstructured part of the day that causes anxiety and fear. This book provides comprehensive, structured strategies to help adults introduce meaningful activities to ASD children, which they can practice at school or at home. The first half of the book provides forms and charts that will help adults assess the child’s sensory needs, select age-appropriate activities, and then determine level of interest in specific activities. The second half provides numerous “Activity Cards” for going to the park, playing games, listening to music, and many more! This detailed guide also covers: The components of leisure development Assessing leisure patterns, skills, and preferences Activities that require minimal supervision Community activities Ongoing assessment And more!

Homeschooling the Child with Autism
by Patricia Schetter, Kandis Lighthall

Homeschooling the Child with Autism

This practical, highly accessible guide answers parents’ and professionals’ questions about teaching children with autism spectrum disorders at home. The book helps parents decide whether to homeschool and guides them through the process of beginning and maintaining an effective homeschool program. All the essential questions are addressed, such as:

  • How do you know if homeschooling is right for you and your child?
  • Which homeschool program is best for the child’s learning style and needs?
  • How should a family get started?
  • What is the best way to address social, behavioral, and organizational skills when teaching a child with ASD?
  • When should you transition back to a traditional public school setting?

The book also contains tips and suggestions from real-life parents who have successfully homeschooled their children with ASD and includes lists of helpful resources for homeschoolers.

Praise for Homeschooling the Child with Autism

“Practical advice and a wealth of resources.…This book provides a beacon of hope to families struggling with educational options for their child.”
—SALLY OZONOFF, PH.D., endowed professor, University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute

“A must-read for parents and teachers who need guidance and encouragement while teaching children with ASD.”
—CATHY STENZEL, mother of a son with autism


Autism Spectrum Disorders and Visual Impairment
by Marilyn H. Gense, D. Jay Gense

When a child with an autism spectrum disorder is also visually impaired, the effects on learning and behavior and complex and varied. Two exceptional educators condense their years of personal and professional experience into a one-of-a-kind handbook of effective ways to work with such students, including suggetions and approaches for assessment, instruction, and program planning; forms and tools for capturing vital information; information on assessment instruments, instructional materials, and web sites rich in important advice. Professionals and educators, as well as parents, will find critical guiding principles and valuable strategies.

Essential Clinical Guide to Understanding and Treating Autism
by Fred R. Volkmar, Lisa A. Wiesner

Coauthored by the premier expert on autism in the United States and an experienced academic and practicing pediatrician, this volume provides concise and practical information based on the most up-to-date research and clinical experience for primary care givers around the world. Showing clinicians how to most effectively use evidence-based techniques, this invaluable guide offers primary-care providers access to expert, current research and practice guidelines allowing them to confidently support children who present with symptoms of autism.

Children with Disabilities
by Mark L. Batshaw

This reference provides coverage of the developmental, clinical, educational, family and intervention issues related to the care of children with disabilities. Readers will explore the beginning of life from conception to infancy, including factors in each stage that can cause disability; learn about child development, including physical development and preventable threats; go in-depth on specific developmental disabilities they’ll likely encounter; and find guidelines on conducting interventions, managing outcomes, and working with families. preservice and in-service professionals. The book features case stories, a glossary of key terms and appendices about medications, resources and syndromes and inborn errors of metabolism.

Understanding the Nature of Autism
by Janice E. Janzen

The purpose of this manual is to develop a better understanding of autism and its treatment. Visual aids and anecdotes illustrate key concepts: case studies and actual situations for applying concepts and principles; guidelines for evaluating the volume of information about autism; reproducible forms; and parent stories. Chapters explain: the learning style common among those with autism; the effects of autism on language, communication and social development; and the effects of autism on behaviour.

Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders
by Rhea Paul, PhD PH.D., CCC-SLP

The first major handbook on autism and related developmental disorders, presenting chapters written by leading contributors to the field with national and international reputations. It brings together the major lines of research findings from several related disciplines, descriptive and diagnostic characteristics, intervention methods and legal and social issues. The syndrome is looked at from several perspectives – psychological, biological, neurophysiological, pharmacological and biochemical. A separate section deals with issues of educating the autistic individual, including academic training, social skills, language and vocational skills. The final section, called Perspectives, includes chapters by eminent scholars outside the field of autism research who provide their unique points of view on topics raised in the preceding sections.

Teaching Adolescents With Autism
by Walter Kaweski

Reaching teens with autism requires knowledge and heart

Award-winning educator Walter Kaweski offers secondary teachers practical strategies and heartfelt insights based on his extensive experience as an inclusion coordinator and father of a son with Asperger syndrome. Students with special needs often require extra support as they adjust to adolescence. This book offers hundreds of valuable ideas to help teachers:

  • Understand autism
  • Solve adolescent behavior challenges
  • Help students adjust to social situations
  • Implement academic and behavioral interventions

This unique resource takes the mystery out of autism and inspires teachers to appreciate the individuality of each student.