Smart kids with autism spectrum disorders need specific interventions to find success in school and beyond. Featuring a foreword by Temple Grandin, School Success for Kids With High-Functioning Autism shares practical advice for implementing strategies proven to be effective in school for dealing with the "Big 10" obstacles, including social interactions, inflexibility, behavior issues, attention and organization, homework, and more.
Based on the new criteria in the DSM-5, School Success for Kids With High-Functioning Autism also describes how autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and social communication disorders (SCD) will now identify the students formerly identified as having Asperger's syndrome, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, high-functioning autism, or PDD-NOS. Relying on the latest research, and presenting it in easy-to-understand and practical language, the authors identify how the key components of ASD and SCD will appear to parents and professionals and what steps should be taken once these signs are evident. This book is sure to help any parent or teacher wanting to see their smart kids with autism succeed!
About the Author
Stephan Silverman, Ph.D., is a highly regarded child/adolescent psychological diagnostician in the Washington, DC metropolitan area with 35 years of years of experience. He has been a field trainer of many young psychologists and currently specializes in the assessment and education of students on the autistic spectrum. Stephan currently acts as a liaison psychologist to several schools specializing in Asperger's Syndrome. He has been recognized for his support to parents of children with a wide range of disabilities.
Dr. Lauren Kenworthy is Director of the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Division of Pediatric Neurology at the Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Richard Weinfeld is a national leader in the education of gifted children with learning difficulties. Weinfeld was instrumental in coordinating the Montgomery County, MD, gifted and learning disabled program and is currently an educational advocate in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. He has also taught courses on GT/LD at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of two previous books, one on GT/LD and the other on overcoming the learning challenges of boys.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 What Are High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders? 1
Chapter 2 How Might HFASD Appear to Parents and Teachers? 15
Chapter 3 Recognizing and Diagnosing HFASD 33
Chapter 4 Developing an Intervention Plan 59
Chapter 5 Best Practices in School 81
Chapter 6 Strategies and Interventions That Work in the Classroom 91
Chapter 7 Working With the School System: Options for Students With HFASD 147
Chapter 8 Best Practices for Parenting and Raising Kids With HFASD 175
Chapter 9 Transition to The World of Work, Independent Living, and College 197
Chapter 10 Conclusion: School Success for Kids With HFASD 225
Appendix A Resources 247
Appendix B Checklist of Issues That Teachers and Parents May Observe in the Classroom 253
Appendix C Intervention Plan for Students With HFASD 255
Appendix D Quick Reference to Problem Areas and Interventions 261
Appendix E Program Options for Students With HFASD 267
Appendix F Independent Living and World of Work and Resources 271
About the Authors 275