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"... the most important considerations in devising educational programs for children with autistic spectrum disorders have to do with recognition of the autism spectrum as a whole, with the concomitant implications for social, communicative, and behavioral development and learning, and with the understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child across areas of development."
—Educating Children with Autism, 2001
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Instructional Materials and Guides
Attainment’s Social Standards at School
By Judi and Tom Kinney
Attainment Company, 161 pp
Description: This resource is written specifically for teachers and provides a comprehensive program for teaching social and self-help skills in the school setting. The book has teaching guidelines and reproducible pages for each of the 53 skills addressed. Also in this series: Know the Code cards and Know the Code DVD.
Why we recommend this book: There are very few off-the-shelf programs for teaching social and self help skills. The format is easy to read, follow, and implement and can be used to target a specific problem or used as a comprehensive skills program.

Teach Me Language
A language manual for children with autism, Asperger’s syndrome and related developmental disorders
By Sabrina Freeman, Ph.D. and Lorelei Dake, B.A.
SKF Books, 404 pp
Description: This book provides specific language activities to help develop the language weakness skills common to children on the autism spectrum. Each skill has guideline as to how to teach the concept and explains how the exercise strengthens the child’s language skills.
Why we recommend this book: Targeting the specific language deficits is essential to the student’s success in school. Each of the exercises are easy to adapt to a speech or reading lesson and can be used in different settings.

A Land We Can Share
Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism
By Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott
Brookes Publishing, 195 pp
Description: This book helps teachers understand how students with mild to significant autism can be perceived as literate and then supported to participate in literacy activities both in and out of school.
Why we recommend this book: Students on the autism spectrum often have difficulty with reading comprehension and writing expression. The authors present many different ways to adapt current teaching strategies to help the student develop in these critical areas.

Self-Calming Cards
in English and Spanish
By Elizabeth Crary & Mits Katayama
Parenting Press, 36 cards
Description: The deck is broken down into six categories of tools that students can use as part of a “calm down” plan when anxiety, frustration or other strong emotions are present.
Why we recommend this book: Self-calming and self-regulation are skills that all children need help developing, including students on the autism spectrum. Providing a visual reminder that there are good choices to be made when you are upset or distressed helps children to regain control and potentially prevent what might become a meltdown. This resource is particularly useful in inclusion classrooms, since the strategies are not designed for a specific disability and therefore can be used by all students.
 
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