Autism and associated conditions, including autism spectrum disorder (former known as Asperger’s Syndrome) are increasing at an alarming rate. This detailed guidebook showcases the diverse capabilities of these students and prepares early childhood educators to work effectively with young learners who have pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) or other conditions featuring profound disruption of speech, language, cognition, or social functioning. Descriptive examples and interactive activities portray how these disorders affect student progress and how educators can tap into student potential. The strategies are easy to follow and accompanied by sample resources and relevant student goals. This book helps the educator recognize student capabilities, address academic and social needs, engage these students in their learning, tailor interventions to child-specific strengths and interests, improve skill levels, and promote feelings of belonging within the classroom. Topics include how to conduct effective inclusion, understand the peculiarities of these conditions, facilitate functional communication skills, teach these students to read and print, actively engage their attention, address common behavioral concerns, enhance peer relationships, build partnerships with families, and even address professional development and training needs about reaching these students.
Author: Tricia Shelton, Ed.D. & Mary Renck Jalongo, Ph.D.