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Red Flags For Classroom Teachers: Identifying Students Who May Have Features of an Autism Spectrum Disorder Barbara T. Doyle
The author describes some indicators that a student may have features of an autism spectrum disorder, a related disorder or a special learning need.

Inclusion of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Melisa Daily
A fourth grade classroom teachers describes why differentiated instruction and inclusion are essential for students with Autism disorders.

Teaching Strategies for Asperger's Students
Kelly May
Graduate student defines the behaviors of students with Asperger's Syndrome and offers teaching strategies to help these students become successful learners.

How Educators and Support Professionals Can Help Families Barbara T. Doyle and Emily Doyle Iland
Some practical strategies for professionals to support families of people with autism spectrum disorders.

Training and Education for Parents and Staff Learning Together Barbara T. Doyle and Emily Doyle Iland
Parents are the true team leaders across the lifetime of their children. Parents need to be encouraged and taught how to exercise their leadership role within teams. Joint training for professionals and families helps everyone develop compatible skills and vocabulary for effective teamwork.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Myths and Facts Barbara T. Doyle
Barbara Doyle debunks 18 commonly held myths about ASD.

Six Basic Instructional Strategies For Working with Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Related Conditions Barbara T. Doyle
Some practical suggestions for teachers and support workers.

Personal Style and Interaction Tips For Working with Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders Barbara T. Doyle
Communication skills that will help those who work with people with ASD.

Selecting Educational Goals Barbara T. Doyle
Academic, social and functional goals can often be combined in well thought out teaching plans.

Working with Restrictive and Repetitive Interests Barbara T. Doyle
Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders may sometimes have difficulty sustaining attention to useful topics. We can engage their focus and attention in more topics if we make the restricted, repetitive interest an element of those topics, rather than constantly trying to "make them stop focusing on it."

Object Schedules Barbara T. Doyle
An object schedule is a simple and inexpensive way to provide information to learners in an easy to understand format. An added feature of the system is that it can become a way for people with communication difficulties to signal their desire to initiate particular activities.

Teaching Ten Important Lifetime Goals to Children and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders Barbara T. Doyle
Ten basic skills on which to focus education plans.

Recording Individual Communication Using the Communication Dictionary Barbara T. Doyle
A Communication Dictionary is a method of writing down and sharing information that has been learned about what the individual says or does, what it usually means and how the individual expects others to respond. A Communication Dictionary can be developed for anyone with any diagnosis at any age or stage of life.

Considerations in the Use of Medication To Change the Behavior of People with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) E. L. Loschen and Barbara T. Doyle
The authors list general considerations as well as considerations in the use of medication to treat people with ASD.

Helping Children Sleep Barbara T. Doyle
Night time routines and environmental changes that can help children, particularly those with ASD, sleep.

Including Children with Autism in Inclusive Preschools: Strategies that Work Ilene S. Schwartz, Felix F. Billingsley, and Bonnie M. McBride
How children with autism and other developmental disabilities are included with normally developing children in the Alice H. Hayden Preschool at the University of Washington's Experimental Education Unit (EEU). Strategies adapting developmentally appropriate practice to the special needs of autistic preschoolers are outlined.

Pain, Waste, and the Hope for a Better Future... "Invisible Disabilities" in the Educational System Margi Nowak, Ph.D.
Margi Nowak is a cultural anthropologist and parent of a child with an "invisible" but very real disability. Her experience is similar to that of other parents in similar situations, a lack of coordination and delivery of information and help to teachers of special needs children, reluctance on the part of educators to trust and work with parents, and a bureaucracy that more often thwarts than supports advocates for special needs students.

Double Inequity, Redoubled Critique: Twice-Exceptional (Gifted + Learning Disabled) Students by Margi Nowak, Ph.D.
What we are learning about students who are both gifted and LD.

Recommended Reading:


A Will of His Own: Reflections on Parenting a Child with Autism Kelly Harland

Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z: Assessment, Diagnosis, and More Barbara Doyle and Emily Doyle Iland

Los Trastornos del Espectro de Autismo de la A a la Z (Autism Spectrum Disorders From A to Z, Spanish Version) Barbara Doyle and Emily Iland

Related links:

Center for the Study of Autism

Autism Society of America

Autism Center, University of Washington

Autism Resources

Law Enforcement and Autism

Recommendations for Students with High Functioning Autism Kerry Hogan
Article is "a list of recommendations that were written in the course of serving many students with high-functioning autism."

Buros Institute Test Reviews Online
This is a website to use to locate specific tests to administer as part of the assessment process. It is a terrific website that lists hundreds of tests that can be used to test a wide variety of skills and knowledge areas. The tests reveal information that would be very helpful in planning for services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Tests are described and information is given regarding the age groups that can benefit from each test.

This information is provided by OSPI and New Horizons for Learning.

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