High-Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in Schools: Assessment and Intervention

High-Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in Schools: Assessment and Intervention

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Meeting a growing need for school-based practitioners, this book provides vital tools for improving the academic, behavioral, and social outcomes of students with high-functioning autism or Asperger syndrome (HFA/AS). Research-based best practices are presented for conducting meaningful assessments; collaborating with teachers, students, and parents to prevent school difficulties and problem solve when they occur; and developing effective individualized education programs (IEPs). In a large-size format with lay-flat binding to facilitate photocopying, the book features a wealth of practical prevention and intervention strategies, illustrated with concrete examples. Over a dozen reproducibles include interview forms and observation sheets.

This book is in The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series, edited by T. Chris Riley-Tillman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606236710
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 05/13/2010
Series: The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 257
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 5 - 17 Years

About the Author

Frank J. Sansosti, PhD, NCSP, is Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at Kent State University. He has extensive experience working with individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in both school and clinic settings. Previously, Dr. Sansosti worked as a school psychologist and district-level autism consultant in West Central Florida. His primary research and professional interests focus on the development and implementation of behavioral and social skills interventions for young children with ASD, best-practice approaches for the inclusion of students with low-incidence disabilities, and response to intervention. He is an active workshop presenter and a consultant to multiple school districts. Kelly A. Powell-Smith, PhD, NCSP, is a senior research scientist with Dynamic Measurement Group. Formerly, she was Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Powell-Smith’s research interests include using formative assessment data within a problem-solving model for educational decision making, development of early literacy skills, procedures for and outcomes of reintegration, and service delivery to low-incidence populations, including children with Asperger syndrome. She has provided formal technical assistance and/or training related to the use of formative assessment and academic interventions in 16 states and in Canada, and has led over 150 workshops and presentations. Richard J. Cowan, PhD, NCSP, is Associate Professor and Coordinator in the School Psychology Program at Kent State University. He has been a leader in a number of research projects and publications, presentations, and grants focusing on autism and positive behavior supports. His primary line of inquiry focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of academic and behavioral programs for children with ASD. His research and clinical interests also encompass the implementation and evaluation of positive behavior supports across the universal, targeted, and intensive levels of intervention. Dr. Cowan is an active workshop presenter and trainer.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: What Is High-Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome?

2. Areas of Impairment

3. Consultation and Collaboration Efforts

4. Conducting a Comprehensive Assessment

5. Improving Academic Skills

6. Providing Behavioral Supports

7. Enhancing Social Skills

8. Using the Individualized Education Program as a Vehicle for Problem-Solving Service Delivery

9. Collecting Data, Evaluating Outcomes, and Ensuring Success

Appendix. Reproducible Forms


School psychologists; also of interest to administrators, counselors, and school social workers; special education teachers in grades K–12; behavior support specialists. May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses such as Behavioral Interventions and Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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