Jan 18, 2018

Media Center resources recommended by our GWAEA autism consultants

Book covers for two resources: Setting Up Classroom Spaces That Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Building Independence: How to Create and Use Structured Work Systems

This week's professional development sessions Structured Teaching for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders filled quickly, but there are still resources available to help educators work with students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Grant Wood AEA Media Center has many resources available for check out that are recommended by our autism consultants.
  • Setting Up Classroom Spaces That Support Students With Autism Spectrum Disorders by Susan Kabot - Illustrates through clear and brief text how to arrange classrooms to create effective learning environments that reduce anxiety and prevent problem behaviors in students with autism spectrum disorders. Using evidence-based practices of structure and visual supports this resource provides examples for students across the age span and includes numerous lists and resources.
  • Building Independence: How to Create and Use Structured Work Systems by Christine E. Reeve - Structured work systems assist persons with autism to maintain their ability to work on their own. Visual information about what work needs to be done is given, as well as when the work is completed what will happen next. Additional information is included in the appendices on assessment, IEPs, and lesson planning.
  • Tasks Galore For the Real World - This is a valuable tool for preparing students for independence in the home, school, community, or workplace. The introduction section describes a process for developing and teaching functional goals. - Grades 7-12.
  • Tasks Galore: Literature-Based Thematic Units by Laurie Eckenrode - Using the storybook, I'm hungry, I'm hungry, what shall I do? as a guidebook for crafting literature-based thematic units, the authors have created hands-on activities for use with early learners and students with special needs. - Grades PreK-3.
  • Tasks Galore: Making Groups Meaningful - The purpose of this book is to give teachers and therapists the skills to set up group opportunities for their children. The first three chapters describe how structured teaching strategies, consistent routines, and individualized educational goals apply to groups. The next four chapters discuss circle time, project-focused, movement, and music groups and include pictures of actual tasks used during these types of group activities. - Grades PreK-6.

Our GWAEA autism team also follows The Social Thinking on Twitter and Facebook: these social media pages often highlight research articles, ideas, and strategies. Team members also follow Paula Kluth’s Twitter and Facebook pages to keep pace with new and interesting inclusive classroom resources. The Indiana Resource Center for Autism - Indiana University, has a great Facebook site that includes timely recommendations for teachers and educators as well.

For more information about out autism team supports, check out the GWAEA autism webpage.