My New School: A Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School
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My New School: A Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School

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Publication Date:
April 1, 2010
Print Length:
71 pages

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For many students with autism spectrum disorder, even relatively minor changes to their daily routines and schedules are overwhelming; imagine how traumatic moving to a new school would be!

Written by somebody who truly knows children on the spectrum, My New School: A Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School, is an interactive book addressed directly to the student that makes the move to a new school smoother! It takes a practical and honest approach to this anxiety-provoking subject by acknowledging the difficulties transferring to a new school can bring and engaging the students in a series of proactive activities designed to lessen fears by resulting in tangible steps to take, to-do lists, checklists, etc. Whether the transfer is due to a typical transition between school levels, a family move, divorce or whatever, this book is sure to make the transition smoother.

Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.


Melissa Trautman has an amazing understanding of students on the autism spectrum and the anxiety even the smallest change can cause them. Written for the student, MY NEW SCHOOL is an interactive workbook that is full of practical activities designed to demystify the transition process, making it more predictable, manageable, and less anxiety provoking. What a wonderful resource for students, parents, and teachers alike! --Terri Cooper Swanson, Ms Ed, assistant professor and autism spectrum disorder certificate coordinator, Pittsburg State University, and co-editor of AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS

As a parent, how I wish I'd had this book for my daughter when we relocated a few years ago! As a middle school teacher, I have observed how Ms. Trautman's book has helped students manage their anxiety about changing schools. Whether by a parent or a teacher, MY NEW SCHOOL can be used to help children transition more successfully to a new school. --Lisa Farnsworth, Ms Ed, teacher of a center-based program for students on the autism spectrum

A few years ago we were compelled to move our son with Asperger Syndrome to a different elementary school. MY NEW SCHOOL could have eased our situation immensely. As the child fills out the pages of this workbook, he is guided through the events, his thoughts, and especially his feelings, about moving to a new school. The child is also encouraged to think about what is important about himself and what he wants to share with others. Parents will also be able to clarify their thoughts and determine what is important about their child and how they want to interact with staff at the new school. This workbook is great for students of all ages on the spectrum. Indeed, it can be used with any student who is going through the anxiety-provoking experience of changing schools. --Leslie Blasco, mom of a 9-year-old with ASD

About the Author

Melissa L. Trautman, Ms. Ed., is a special education teacher with several years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders. She is currently a regional coordinator for the Nebraska Autism Spectrum Disorders Network. She is co-author of The Hidden Curriculum: Practical Solutions for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations and the 2011 One-a-Day Hidden Curriculum Calendar for Children.

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