Special Considerations for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
A Guide for School Administrators
Parents: does your child's principal understand ASD? School administrators: do you understand your students with ASD? This can help! School administrators play a key role in creating a mind-set of acceptance of learners with special needs and their families within their school district, region, or school. In many instances, a school administrator guides decisions regarding how teachers address behavioral challenges. The purpose of Special Considerations for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for School Administrators is to provide school administrators with useful and practical suggestions and strategies that can increase student achievement, engagement, positive behavior, and social skills for high-functioning students on the spectrum (HF-ASD), help reduce educator stress and frustration, and increase positive interactions between families and school personnel so that the school day is more successful for all parties.
MEET THE AUTHORS
Diane Adreon, Ed.D, is the Associate Director of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. In addition, Diane has a private autism consulting practice and is the author of Simple Strategies that Work, Special Considerations for Students with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Guide for School Administrators, and the award-winning, Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence. Diane has presented nationally and internationally on high-functioning autism serves on the editorial boards of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities and Intervention in School Clinic.
Brenda Smith Myles, Ph.D, a consultant with the Ziggurat Group, the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders, and the Education and Treatment Services Project for Military Dependent Children with Autism, was the recipient of the Autism Society of America's Outstanding Professional Award; the Princeton Fellowship Award; and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. She has written over 150 articles and books on autism spectrum disorders, including High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments and Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Practical Solutions for School Success. The latter was the winner of the Autism Society of America's Outstanding Literary Work. Brenda has made over 500 presentations all over the world, and served as the co-chair of the National ASD Teacher Standards Committee. Myles is also on the executive boards of several organizations, including the Organization for Autism Research and MAAP Services Inc. In addition, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world from 1997 to 2004.