As prevalence rates and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) increase, there is a need for all educators to have a basic understanding of the disorder and how to teach affected children. Understanding Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Educators Partnering with Families introduces, in an accessible manner, the significant body of research and theory in the field of autism within the larger context of understanding the unique socio-cultural dimensions of individuals with ASD and their families.Engaging and user-friendly, Michelle Haney's text provides future educators insight into the complexity and diversity of children with ASD, the wide range of interventions and processes for make decisions about choosing interventions (teaming with parents to provide optimal educational opportunities), and the personal/professional growth that is likely to take place during such a journey.
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About the Author
Michelle Haney is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Education at Berry College. Haney has taught psychology and education courses at the graduate and undergraduate level for over ten years, and has directed the Interdisciplinary Studies program at Berry College. In addition to her Ph.D. with a cognate in developmental disorders, Haney is a School Psychologist and worked for a large public school system for eight years before entering academia. Her clinical work involves psychological evaluation and consultation primarily involving children with developmental disabilities. While working in the public school system, Haney was the lead school psychologist for a dual-diagnosis program serving children with developmental disabilities. She has published numerous theoretical and empirical papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences across the country. Haney's work with family advocacy groups, community outreach programs, and local public schools has allowed her to integrate teaching and service to optimize learning and pool scarce resources. Her experiences working with families with children on the autism spectrum and professionals in the community alongside developing meaningful courses to introduce undergraduate students to the field of autism will be highlighted in this text.
Table of Contents
PrefaceAcknowledgementsSection I. The Evolving Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder1. Historical Overview of Autism and the Role of the Family2. Current Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder3. Biological Issues and Etiology of Autism Spectrum DisorderSection II. Collaborating with Families for Diagnosis and Setting Educational Goals4. Collaborating With and Supporting Families of Children with ASD5. Identification and the Diagnostic Process6. Early Intervention and Transitioning to Elementary SchoolSection III. Addressing the Needs of Individuals with ASD within the School Setting and the Greater Community7. Interventions Based on Applied Behavior Analysis at School, Home, and Within the Community8. Environmental Supports Addressing Sensory Needs and Promoting Academic Success for Children with ASD9. The Development of Communication and Language Skills in Children with ASD10. Social Development in Children with ASD11. Transitioning to Adulthood: Fostering Independence and Self-DeterminationGlossaryReferencesAuthor Biographies