Children and youth with high-functioning autism (HFA) and related exceptionalities have great potential. However, all too often their abilities are not realized. Simple Strategies That Work! Helpful Hints for All Educators of Students With Asperger Syndrome, High-Functioning Autism, and Related Disabilities provides easy-to-implement ideas and suggestions that teachers can use to help a student with HFA and related needs on the road to success. The book discusses how teachers can adjust the classroom to meet the needs of an individual with HFA while not interfering with normal classroom routines. Not boggled down with jargon, this book includes tables and boxes for quick reference and clear meaning for HFA-related information. Also included is information about what can cause anxiety for the student on the spectrum, how this can lead to decreased academic and social performance, decreased attention to task, and potential increases in behavior problems, and what the teacher can do to assist. With easy-to-implement suggestions, these simple strategies help all kids learn and make a difference in the life of somebody with high-functioning autism.
I love this book! The secret is in its simplicity. I plan to use the book as a training guide for school staff working with students with AS/HFA. I particularly love the clever way each strategy has been introduced, with titles like 'Live Out,' and brief and easy-to-understand explanations of why it is important to use a given strategy. The ideas are appropriate for all educational environments - from early childhood to adult work situations - and are laid out in a user-friendly way so as to be easily understood by special education as well as mainstream personnel. I will buy multiple copies! --Kari Dunn Buron, autism resource specialist, author of WHEN MY WORRIES GET TOO BIG! and co-author of THE INCREDIBLE 5-POINT SCALE
STRATEGIES THAT WORK! is an excellent resource for any teacher, regardless of level or specialization. It contains strategies that are practical and positive not only for students with AS/HFA but for everyone in the class. I will be referring to it often for suggestions as well as reassurance. --Kristen E. Hagen, MS, elementary teacher and educational consultant
STRATEGIES THAT WORK! is best summed up as a gem! It is easy to use, blissfully brief, yet thoroughly comprehensive. These suggestions WORK, both in the classroom and around the school, camps, and home. Every teacher should have a copy. Every parent and anyone who interacts daily with people on the spectrum should have a copy as well. --Susan Moreno, president, MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger Syndrome
About the Author
Brenda Smith Myles Ph.D., a consultant with the Ziggurat Group, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Education and Treatment Services Project for Military Dependent Children with Autism, was the recipient of the Autism Society of America s Outstanding Professional Award; the Princeton Fellowship Award; and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She has written over 150 articles and books on autism spectrum disorders, including Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns (with Southwick) and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (with Adreon). The latter was the winner of the Autism Society of America s Outstanding Literary Work. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world, and served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research and Maap Services Inc. In addition, she was recently acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world from 1997 to 2004. Diane Adreon, M.A., is associate director of the University of Miami/Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities. Ms. Adreon has presented nationally and internationally on high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. Ms. Adreon is the co-author (with Myles) of Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success (2001 winner of the Autism Society of American Literary Achievement Award). She serves on the editorial boards of Focus on Autism & Developmental Disorders and Intervention in School & Clinic. Dena Gitlitz, a woman with autism, is a writer, artist, and speaker, who presents nationally on autism and Asperger Syndrome. Her unique perspective addresses thought processes, sensory sensitivities, common challenges, and support strategies. She serves on the professional advisory board of MAAP Services Inc., and the Autism Society of the Palm Beaches.