Apr 10, 2018
April is National Autism Awareness Month
Spreading awareness, acceptance, action, inclusion, and appreciation
April is National Autism Awareness Month. Learn how those with autism spectrum disorders are celebrated for their unique gifts and talents. The GWAEA Media Center has several new titles recommended by the GWAEA Autism Team.
- "Do-Watch-Listen-Say: Social and Communication Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder" by Kathleen Ann Quill - Provides a thoughtful, comprehensive approach to addressing the complex social and communication challenges characteristic of autism, offering cutting-edge, well-researched techniques for helping children acquire vital social and communication skills.
- "Developing Leisure Time Skills for People with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Practical Strategies for Home, School, and Community" by Phyllis Coyne - This text gives designed strategies introducing meaningful leisure time to children and adults with autism, which can be incorporated at home, school, and in the community. Also included is ASD information, containing forms and charts that will help to assess sensory needs, select age-appropriate activities and assist in determining the level of interest in specific activities.
- "Show Me!: A Teacher's Guide to Video Modeling" by Carol Dittoe - This book is intended to inspire readers to think about how they can use video modeling by providing many real-life examples of students who have used and found benefits from watching video to learn social skills and positive behaviors. A planning guide is provided to help teams get started.
- "ACT It Out: One Year of Social Skills Lessons for Students Grades 7-12, Social Skills for Teens with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Related Disorders" by Jeannie Stefonek - This text contains a curriculum for teachers looking to address teens’ needs to use social skills effectively through scripts, skits, and practice.
- "High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Reducing Meltdowns" by Brenda Smith Myles - This groundbreaking technical approach to behavior delves deep into the root causes of contrary behavior in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
- "Autism...What Does It Mean to Me?: A Workbook About Self-Awareness and Life Lessons for Kids with Autism or Asperger's" by Catherine Faherty - This workbook is used by the autistic child or adult to enhance self-understanding and awareness and foster communication with others about needs, preferences, and identity.
- "Make Play Rock: 3 Book Set" from the Hanen Program - This text provides practical strategies for expanding the play skills of young children with autism and other communication difficulties.
- "More Than Words: A Parent's Guide to Building Interaction and Language Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties" by Fern Sussman - A comprehensive step-by-step learning experience for parents of children with Autism spectrum disorder and other social communication difficulties. The guide outlines practical strategies that show parents how to turn everyday activities into opportunities for interaction and communication.
- "Building Social Relationships 2: A Systematic Approach to Teaching Social Interaction Skills to Children and Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum" by Scott Bellini - Organizes social skills strategies and resources, to teach and design social skills programs for children with ASD. A 5-step model addresses the need for social programming for children and adolescents. Targets both social skills and social-cognitive processing.
- "Special Considerations for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for School Administrators" by Diane Adreon - The purpose of this book is to provide administrators with useful and practical suggestions and strategies that can increase student achievement, engagement, positive behavior, and social skills for high-functioning students on the autism spectrum.
- "Talk with Me: A Step-by-Step Conversation Framework for Teaching Conversational Balance and Fluency" by Kerry Mataya - This text provides a unique strategy that provides an approach to assessing and teaching conversation skills in a group setting that is effective for most students who have difficulty engaging in conversations, including students with HF-ASD.
Grant Wood AEA will be hosting the GWAEA PACE Autism Symposium & Conference on April 24. This is an opportunity to network and participate in learning designed by autism consultants in Iowa.
Go to #nationalautismawarenessmonth to learn what others are doing to recognize autism spectrum disorders. Visit the GWAEA Autism homepage to learn more about how the GWAEA Autism Team can support students.
For questions concerning the resources from the Grant Wood AEA Media Center, contact Deanna Weber, GWAEA media specialist.