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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 Autism2001



xMinds Resources

Advocacy

From Emotions to Advocacy
The Special Education Survival Guide
By Pam Wright and Peter Wright 
Harbor House Law Press, 282 pp

Description: This is a comprehensive reference book to help parents navigate the special education system. 
Why we recommend this book: Managing the education of a child with autism can be overwhelming for parents and teachers alike, but it can be easier when everyone is organized and working toward the same goals. This book provides a step–by–step process for organizing information and making sure that the law is being followed. The authors explain why parents need to be the experts about their children and how to effectively use that expertise, whether during a crisis or during day-to-day interactions with the school. 

How Well Does Your IEP Measure Up?
Quality Indicators for Effective Service Delivery
By Diane Twachtman-Cullen and Jennifer Twachtman-Reilly 
Starfish Press, 228 pp

Description: This is a guide to help teachers and parents write specific, meaningful and measurable goals for a student on the autism spectrum.
Why we recommend this book: Goals are the basis for planning a student’s educational programming; better goals mean better directed teaching and better student outcomes.  Writing measurable IEP goals for students with autism can be difficult, since the areas targeted are generally outside the scope of more traditional learning challenges. The authors provide a methodical and precise guide to writing measurable goals and discuss the importance of data collection in the measurement of a student’s progress and provide templates that set out sample goals and objectives that utilize present levels of performance in setting future goals and objectives. 

Perfect Targets: Asperger’s Syndrome and Bullying
Practical Solutions for Surviving the Social World
By Rebekah Heinrichs
Foreward by Brenda Smith Myles
Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 189pp 

Description: This book deals specifically with the issue of bullying, particularly as it occurs in school settings. It exams the root causes of bullying and offers solutions that look at the role of the whole community rather than focusing solely on the victims themselves.
Why we recommend this book: One of biggest stumbling blocks that face those with HFA/Aspergers is finding social acceptance amongst their peers. By understanding what drives bullies to act out, parents and schools can act in a proactive manner to not only keep students with HFA/Aspergers from becoming victims, but to also make the school environment more welcoming for all. Ms. Heinrichs’ book lists resources to consult, specific strategies to discuss with HFA/Aspergers students and a checklist for schools to use to help understand where and when bullying is taking place.


Websites

WrightsLaw
The definitive source for understanding the special education process and special education law.

 


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