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Incorporating Social Goals in the Classroom: A Guide for Teachers and Parents of Children With High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome 1st Edition
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The chapters are self contained and well organized. They describe a social aspect of HFA/Asperger's, offer a list of the behaviors/symptoms one might see in a child, 1-3 real examples of children displaying each behavior, and how it will impact the child's ability to perform in the classroom. These chapters show the elusive link between why our children are "smart" but have trouble in school and why this should matter to the school districts who do not feel that "social skills" are part of a curiculum. It then provides lesson plans grouped by IEP goals worded to address each behavior.
Possibly the most valuable chapter for parents is the IEP information. It defines the different areas, how to use them, the language to use and a summary of rights. Plus, explains why goals must be measurable and HOW to measure social goals.
A truly unique addition to the literature currently available.
I read it in a few hours and had complete understanding of the concepts and loved how the goals were actually measurable. I had a meeting with the school psychologist and presented ideas from the book to her (at her request I also lent her the book). The ideas are practical, do not cost the school money and not that much extra work. Because of this book I will now know how my son is actually progressing in the areas of social skills and the team will be able to know if their interventions are working or if we need to change them.
**My son has NLD which is debatable as to whether it is in the autism spectrum. I found some assessment questions & goals were not applicable to my son. If my child had HFA or AS I would have given the book 5 stars.
While notionally the book is about framing individualised education plans (IEPs), the bulk of the book is taken up with explanations of Asperger syndrome, its manifestations, assessment and various interventions. Practically speaking, the sections on assessment will probably be of more interest to teachers than parents.
There is a long chapter covering interventions and it is reasonably comprehensive. The author has clearly tried to position the book between the professional literature on interventions and the barely above anecdotal. And it works surprising well. Each of the inteventions is reviewed sparingly but fairly. At all times the emphasis is on listing advantages and disadvantages. The chapter on IEPs covers all the relevant requirements but isn't slow to point out the problems to be encountered. Given the intensive requirements of interventions, reading Succeeding with Interventions for Asperger Syndrome Adolescents will flesh out the issues for professionals and parents.
All in all I found this a very remarkable book, and worth at least twice its weight in gold.
I would reccommend to anyone with a child or pupil with Aspergers or high functioning autism.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for folks new to the scene. If you've studied up on autism or Aspergers, let's say if you read a few books or attended a couple conferences, then you're not likely to get... Read morePublished on April 21, 2014 by MTE
I felt this book was very insightful and accurate for my daughter's situation. She is on the spectrum with PDD-NOS and anxiety. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Steph A
Although I haven't purchased a copy of this book, a read a copy that I borrowed from a library, and I find it very useful and positive. Read morePublished on June 22, 2007 by Jonathan Davies
This book is geared towards children who are already speaking and who have mediocre social skills. I was excited to get this book so I could help my kindergarten age son, whos... Read morePublished on March 24, 2007 by Byky