Out and About: Preparing Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Participate in Their Communities
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Out and About: Preparing Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to Participate in Their Communities

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Publication Date:
July 2, 2007
Print Length:
78 pages

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Out and About: Preparing Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders to Participate in their Communities is a short, to-the-point resource that is sure be used repeatedly by parents and educators. It focuses on everyday events and how to support individuals on the autism spectrum to be active participants in the world around them. Created as a blueprint to be filled in according the child's strengths and needs and the event being planned, the framework lists ten areas that have been identified in best practice as effective supports for children with an autism spectrum disorder. These include a waiting plan, communication supports, social intervention, visual need, hidden curriculums, rules, sensory support, motivation, behavior supports, transitions tools, and considerations for siblings or other students. The individualized blueprint will become second nature to its users as they become more familiar with the support the child needs and, therefore, serve as an indispensable tool in everyday life.

Editorial Reviews


OUT AND ABOUT is a timely piece that addresses the supports necessary to ensure successful participation and inclusion into the community for people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Hudson and Coffin have provided an inspiring hands-on book that will open doors and link positive experiences for people of all ages with ASD. The easy-to-read text and detailed use of functional examples make this book a necessity for anyone who supports a person with ASD. Add this book to your list of must-have resources. --Ronda L. Schelvan, MSEd, autism consultant, special education teacher, and co-author of THE HIDDEN CURRICULUM

In my work in an inclusive school setting and with my own children on the spectrum, I am always searching for resources that are easy to read and understand, simple to implement and provide functional tools to assist a child's team. OUT AND ABOUT is all of that and so much more. I was thrilled to see so many practical strategies included into the comprehensive Blueprint. Anyone involved with child on the spectrum would benefit from this book. --Jen Blackwell, special ed paraeducator, co-founder of Autism Notes

Families and community partners dream of our children with ASD having meaningful and successful experiences in our communities. Without effective tools to support them, we can leave discouraged and wondering it our dreams can become reality. The Blueprint in OUT AND ABOUT helps us be thoughtful about planning for success and increases our confidence that our dreams will come true. --Angelia Parsons, MSW, counselor and parent of a child with ASD

About the Author

Jill Hudson, MS, CCLS, is a certified child life specialist. Trained at Johns Hopkins, she formerly worked at Children s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her master s degree in autism/Asperger Syndrome from the University of Kansas. (Add picture of Prescriptions for Success to the right of her bio) She is the author of Prescription for Success: Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Medical Environment and Cabins, Canoes and Campfires: Guidelines for Establishing a Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jill consults and presents nationally and internationally. Amy Bixler COFFIN, M.S., is the education autism administrator for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI), where she coordinates and provides professional development on autism spectrum disorders for Ohio schools and families. She has a master s degree in special education from the University of Akron. A special educator for 16 years, Amy has served as special education teacher, low-incidence supervisor, director of special education, and autism program director. Amy has presented at state and national conferences.

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