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Practical Solutions for Educating Young Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

by Mary Jane Weiss

Item: 9781934575147

Format : soft cover
Pages : 255

Early intervention is universally considered the cornerstone of effective intervention. This much-needed resource helps parents and professionals address the challenges of early learners with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome, who are often a mystery to educational professionals. In the first chapter, the author builds a foundation by explaining HFA and AS and some typical characteristics, such as sensory issues, attention deficit disorders and difficulties of socialisation. Later in the book, she discusses the educational setting and transition planning, including the process of moving into kindergarten or first grade, shadowing and planning for inclusion.

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1
Understanding Students with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome

  • Sensory Issues
  • Difficulties with Attention and Learning
  • Difficulties with Communication
  • Difficulties with Behavior
  • Difficulties with Socialization
  • Common Challenges
  • Summary

Chapter 2

  • Autism Symptoms
  • Skills and Abilities
  • Motivation
  • Functional Assessment
  • Sensory Assessment
  • Summary

Chapter 3
Educational Setting and Transition Planning

  • Moving into Kindergarten or First Grade
  • Planning for Inclusion
  • Summary

Chapter 4
Types of Intervention

  • Environmental Navigation and Skill Acquisition
  • Sensory Integration Therapy
  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Social Communication Training
  • Problem-Solving Training
  • Summary

Chapter 5

  • Communication Between Parents and Professionals
  • Communication Between Teacher and Student
  • Communication Within the Team
  • Summary

Chapter 6
Case Studies

  • Henry
  • Jésus
  • Summary



“By incorporating the relevant research with the expertise acquired over a career dedicated to improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorders and their families, Dr. Mary Jane Weiss’ Practical Solutions for Educating Young Children with High-Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome is a welcome and much-needed addition to the intervention literature. Written in a clear and accessible style, I hope this book finds its way into the hands of parents, educators, and related professionals in pre- and elementary school classrooms across the country, where it should prove to be a much-utilized and valuable resource.”
- Peter F. Gerhardt, Ed. D., president and chair, Scientific Council Organization for autism Research

“Having a child on the autism spectrum poses special challenges, even for the most dedicated and educated of parents. In her comprehensive and excellent new book, Dr. Mary Jane Weiss helps parents and educators recognize the unique educational issues facing children categorized as having high-functioning autism or Asperger Syndrome. Clearly and concisely, she provides a roadmap for obtaining proper diagnosis and treatment, planning for a child’s transition into school, and communicating with the many professionals necessary for a successful outcome. As she has done in previous works, Weiss shares a wealth of information but also provides something more: She shows us how to understand our high-functioning children’s difficulties, put them into perspective, and, best of all, do something about them.”
- Lynne Stern Feiges, Esq., sister, mother, advocate; co-author of Sibling Stories - Reflections on Life with a Brother or Sister on the Autism Spectrum

“Dr. Weiss has provided us with a comprehensive look at the challenges and best-practice intervention strategies for a unique subgroup of students with autism spectrum disorders. With an emphasis on several key areas that are often overlooked, including student independence, social pragmatics, motivation, and collaboration among intervention team members, this excellent book fills a void for educators, caregivers, and other service providers working with high-functioning students with autism.”
- Len Levin, Ph.D., clinical director, Coyne and Associates

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