In this comprehensive guide, Autism Partnership provides a detailed framework for implementing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), the most widely used and thoroughly studied autism treatment, in classroom settings. The authors clearly outline the steps involved in setting up system-wide services to address the needs of children diagnosed with autism.
All practitioners of ABA, the contributors to this invaluable book chart an accessible, step-by-step strategy based on the specific needs of students, staff and school district. In this essential guidebook to setting up school-based programmes, the editors offer practical advice to special education directors and superintendents while providing extensive training to teachers, direct and supplementary service personnel and parents. In addition, they demonstrate how to determine and optimise the best school placement for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) while ensuring quality and continuity of service.
As it outlines the philosophy of an ABA-driven curriculum, It’s Time for School clearly defines the strategy for implementing successful programmes in preschool and early education classrooms while emphasising a natural learning environment for children with autism.
“Ron Leaf, Mitch Taubman and John McEachin provide the necessary action to substantiate the expectation that quality programming in schools leads to meaningful progress for students … [In this book] every element of a comprehensive programme is considered and can be implemented with the expectation of the best possible results for students. All stakeholders must first share the common belief that every child can make progress and that progress for some of our students may often depend on a quality ABA programme. It is the district’s responsibility to provide the focus, remove barriers and expect the best outcomes for our students.”
Charlene Green, Deputy Superintendent, Student Support Services, Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nevada
“A remarkable wealth of information that demystifies Autism Spectrum Disorder … A ‘must read’ for all school administrators, special education staff and parents who have children with autism … The material is easy to read, research based, organised in a logical manner and written by experts who are active practitioners in the field. This book should be required reading for all educators!”
- Joanne D. Foland, Ed.D, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Los Alamitos Unified School District
“[This book is] an incredibly comprehensive resource that will assist educators in developing highly appropriate programming for children with autism. Additionally, this work is an outstanding guide to assist legal practitioners in understanding the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and how those principles can be utilised in the development of IDEA-compliant school-based programmes. This manual is superbly researched and written and provides invaluable guidance to educators, legal practitioners, and parents of children with autism that should serve to foster a better understanding of educational programming for this very unique population of children.”
Charles Weatherly, J.D., Weatherly Law Firm
“Dr. Leaf et al. takes the special education director, superintendent, classroom teacher, paraprofessional, direct service personnel, supplementary service personnel and parents to an understanding of the disorder. The book is a must read for educators as well as parents. Following the path in the book will allow a school district to build and to maintain a philosophical and effective programme … If a district follows the blueprint in the book, it will be able to address the required ‘peer reviewed to the extent practicable’ requirement in the reauthorisation of IDEIA 2004 for all special education programmes, related and supplementary services in providing children’s IEPs … I strongly recommend that the text be a working text for all school districts and be one that is used to guide, develop, implement and maintain the district’s educational programme for children with autism. Following the text will allow a district to develop its capacity to provide with fidelity a programme that has a high degree of efficacy for children.”
- Dr. John McCook, Director of Pupil Personnel, Knox County Schools, Knoxville, Tennessee