It's No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom

It's No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom

by Linda Barboa, Mary Lou Datema

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Overview

It's No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom is designed as an introduction for preschool teachers, childcare workers and others working with young children to best practices in working with all children, but most notably with those on the autism spectrum. The book contains background information on effective early childhood practices, with an emphasis on students who are or may be on the autism spectrum. The very knowledgeable and experienced authors present an overview of autism, specific strategies for the classroom teacher now dealing with those on the autism spectrum, as well as interesting and insightful vignettes that bring these strategies to life. Chapters on the special education process, working with parents and with other professionals, and facing the challenges presented in working with young special needs children provide practical suggestions for both experienced educators, and those new to the world of special education.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942905653
Publisher: Amphorae Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 03/26/2016
Pages: 178
Sales rank: 857,992
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Dr. Linda Barboa holds degrees in speech pathology and audiology, psychology, and early childhood education. She is an experienced speech-language pathologist, with a background as a special education director, director of a center for autism, and university professor. She has worked as an educator in the United States and Europe and has presented numerous programs to professionals across the country. Dr. Barboa is the author of several books about autism, including Stars in Her Eyes: Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism, Steps: Forming a Disability Ministry, and Tic Toc Autism Clock: A Guide to Your 24/7 Parent Plan, It’s No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom, and Oodles and Skoodles of Friends. Along with Jan Luck, she is the co-author of the Albert series of books to help children understand autism.

Dr. Barboa, is the recipient of the prestigious JEFFERSON AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE. She is the founder of an award-winning program to create autism friendly cities.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Forward

PART ONE- AUTISM BASICS

Chapter 1--The Teacher's Perspective - Keys to Understanding
Sensory Processing
Communication
Social Skills

Chapter 2--The Child's Perspective - Developmentally Appropriate Practice
The Child Centered Classroom
The Physical Environment
The Social-Emotional Environment
The Cognitive/Learning Environment

Chapter 3-- The Parent's Perspective - Realities and Responsibilities

PART TWO-- BEYOND THE BASICS

Chapter 4- Behavior

Chapter 5- Understanding and Accommodating
Communication Strategies
Teaching Social Skills
Sensory Strategies

PART THREE-- TEACHING TECHNIQUES
Chapter 6- Teaching Through Activities
Play
Reading
PrepChats©, ActionChats©, and ChoicesChats©
Music and Movement

Chapter 7- Your Teaching Toolbox
Goal Setting
Appropriate Equipment
Predictability
Scheduling
Coping Strategies
Task Analysis
Visual Supports
Rewards and Reinforcers
Peer Helpers
Pets are Positive

Chapter 8- Sharing Our Strategies
Elopement
Aggression
Random Verbalizations
Self-injurious Behaviors
Sound Related Issues
Issues Caused by Visual Stimuli
Problems Caused by Touch Stimuli
Body Awareness Problems
Balance Problems
Smell Related Issues
Self-stimulation
Anxiety
Meltdowns
Temper Tantrums

PART FOUR -- RESOURCES

Chapter 9- Tap Your Team

Chapter 10- Embrace the Process

Chapter 11- Tap Your Sources

Chapter 12- Learn the Lingo

Parting Words

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