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Push To Open
A Teacher's QuickGuide to Universal Design for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum in the General Education Classroom

Universal design means that everyone succeeds! Push To Open: A Teacher's Quick Guide to Universal Design for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum in the General Education Classroom is a practical and simple guide to strategies that help remove common barriers to success for students with autism, while also benefiting many other students in the general education classroom. The book offers a proactive planning guide that includes positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) and Response to Instruction (RtI) to help general and special education teachers understand some of the most critical characteristics of autism and plan their classroom environment and teaching methods to avoid pitfalls that can occur around sensory, communication, social and instructional issues.


Lisa Combs, MA, CAS, has her bachelor of science and master of arts degrees in special education from Ball State University. Over the course of her 30+ year career, she has taught students with a wide range of disabilities and directed special education programs, and currently works as a consultant in autism intervention. She is a faculty member at Wright State University and has also provided professional development and training for school personnel, public and private agencies, and families through her private business, Combs Educational Consulting, Ltd. She is the author of Push to Open: A Teacher’s QuickGuide to Universal Design for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum in the General Education Classroom and Gear Up for Success: A Three-Tiered Planning Model for Supporting Learners on the Autism SpectrumCheck out Lisa Combes' website here

ISBN: 9781942197003

Reviews (4)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 03 2016
Customer Review: Julia - A key insight of "Push to Open"--that all students can benefit from design and instruction choices inspired by the needs of students on the autism spectrum--will help parents and schools work cooperatively and effectively to focus on helping all children reach their potential. Ms. Combs meticulously supports her suggestions with the latest research on issues like learning and sensory differences, but without the dull, pedantic writing style that can make it hard to slog through many education texts. Instead, Combs's writing is clear, lively, and packed with memorable and extremely well chosen anecdotes that illustrate the concepts she is explaining. This is great information engagingly presented by someone who is obviously a gifted and compassionate natural teacher. Even the lay person with little experience with or understanding of autism will be fascinated by "Push to Open," but parents and teachers will find it a gold mine of clear, practical information.
LENEXA, Kansas
April 10 2015
Push to Open ... is an engaging book that demystifies the concept of universal design for learning through case studies, personal stories, and resources that can be used in the classroom immediately. The author has a way of deciphering current research trends and applying both professional and personal experiences to provide solutions to the common challenges of teaching all students with a multitude of learning needs and abilities. The PTO QuickTip sheets and PTO planning forms are hands-on resources that are sure to help any educator remove barriers not just for students with ASD but for all students. This book is a ‘must-have’ for every educator!
LENEXA, Kansas
April 10 2015
With the growing number of students with ASD in the classroom, general education teachers, intervention specialists, and paraprofessionals will all benefit from the practical wisdom of Push to Open – A Teacher’s QuickGuide to Universal Design for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum in the General Education Classroom. Whether you are a new teacher looking for answers or an experienced teacher looking to reflect on your current classroom, Push to Open provides a framework for implementing best practices for students with ASD.
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