- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Aapc Inc (June 16 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934575666
- ISBN-13: 978-1934575666
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 3 x 27.8 cm
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Quality Literacy Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders Paperback – Jun 16 2010
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Pamela Williamson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Cincinnati. She received both her doctorate of philosophy and her masters degree from the University of Florida. Her work in K-12 settings was in inclusive classrooms where she served a diverse group of students, including individuals with autism. Currently, she works with pre-service teachers, preparing them to deliver high-quality literacy instruction to all students with special needs. In addition, she works with in-service teachers to prepare them to assume roles as formal and informal teacher leaders. Her research interests include reading and autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, teacher leadership, and inclusion. Her work is published in Exceptional Children, Qualitative Heath Research, Social Science and Medicine, Journal of Child and Family Studies, Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, Field Methods, Beyond Behavior, and Childhood Education.Christina Carnahan, Ed.D., is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Cincinnati, where she coordinates the special education masters degree program. She received her doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Carnahan began working in recreational settings with individuals with significant disabilities as a teen. After completing her undergraduate degree in special education, she taught in K-12 settings where she served individuals across the autism spectrum. Currently, she works with pre-service and practicing teachers, preparing them to meet the diverse needs of individuals with autism and other complex disabilities. She also conducts research in special education, focusing on literacy, evidence-based practice, and teacher effectiveness.In addition to her teaching and research, she is involved with local and state organizations working to improve educational services for individuals with ASD. She speaks and publishes locally and nationally, including on such topics as literacy and educational programming for individuals with ASD.
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In a later chapter, Dr. Kara Hume gives an example of scheduling to keep the student aware and one task. Each student is given a schedule that shows what is expected for that day, so they know what to expect when they come in. So far so good, all students need structure. But what about the student who is easily distracted, or has trouble with multiple instructions? For this, Dr. Hume suggests a “visual schedule,” where symbols or illustrations are used. For an activity that involves listening, a picture of a kid with headphones can be used. For math problems, 2+2 can be used, or you can use a pie chart, ruler, or abacus. This can be applied to reading a chapter as well; you can break it down into characters, events, or how the characters change.
What we have here is a case study on literacy for autistic students, written by a selection of experts on educating students with special needs. The general purpose of the book is to provide instructional approaches for literacy, but in a way that allows them to be educated with all other students. The use of visual cues and scheduling teaches time management, while story diagramming teaches them to focus on multiple factors, not just one.
Unfortunately, many of the services discussed in this book, such as resource rooms, will be unavailable in many schools. It remains to be seen how the nation’s schools will improve with regard to special education services.
It is not only a quality book because of the research basis for the ideas, it is written in a
great foremat that is easy to read. It would be an excellent "text" for a class on ASD and Literacy.