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Successful Problem-Solving for High-Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Successful Problem-Solving for High-Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Our lives are full of problems -- small and large -- from knowing how to find pencil to understanding what to do if you are bullied. Many individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have difficulty coming up with effective ways to solve problems. But if you know how to solve problems, life is much easier!  Successful Problem-Solving for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders teaches children how to use a simple rubric to solve problems in the classroom, home, and community. Foreword by Brenda Smith Myles, PhD.


Kerry Mataya, MSEd, is the founder of Autism Asperger Syndrome Consulting Group, LLC, and Asperger Connection, Inc. In the Alabama area, she has provided 10+ years of educational consulting, after-school social groups, and summer camps, including overnight camp, drama camp, sports camp, and play-with-me camp. She received her master's degree from the University of Kansas with an emphasis on autism spectrum disorder.  In addition to writing Successful Problem-Solving for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Kerry has authored the ground breaking, Talk with Me: A Step-by-Step Conversation Framework for Teaching Conversational Balance and Fluency for High-Functioning Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Penney Patterson Owens, MEd, BCBA, works as a behavioral and educational consultant. She has taught in the classroom as a special education teacher and is now working to educate teachers, parents, and students about positive behavior support and behavior analysis. Penney received her master's degree from Vanderbilt University in early childhood special education. Her thesis and previous research explored receptive and expressive language interventions with children with autism. She works both in and out of the classroom to provide students with comprehensive interventions between home and school.

ISBN: 9781937473211

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 06 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - As an Occupational Therapist that supports school-aged children with ASD I found this book to be extremely helpful. Problem solving is such a crucial, yet complex (and thus overwhelming) skill to teach. Authors Kerry Mataya and Penney Owens have provided a resource that is very easy to read and even easier to implement immediately. I received the book, read it that evening and started using it the very next morning with a student. The book uses a simple (but very smart) visual support called the "Problem Solving Chart" to help the user begin to visualize the problem solving process. The visual encourages the user to first identify the problem. Then there are 4 choices provided for solving the problem: Talk it out and Compromise; Let It Go and Move On; Seek Help from an Adult; Let it Bother You. The book then proceeds to give very concrete ways for developing and/or practicing each of these choices. I think the power of this visual support is that it gives the problem-solver a choice. They are not told exactly what to do. They decide. They have the control. I know the student I mentioned earlier greatly appreciated this aspect of choice---which is now attributing to his motivation to try this new strategy. And this resource is so practical that the parents were able to quickly read the book and are using the Problem Solving Chart at home too!! I must not forget a giant THANK YOU to authors Kerry Mataya and Penney Owens. Not only have they provided a practical framework for enhancing problem solving skills, they provided an entire chapter dedicated to Data Collection and Assessment. The chapter provides a list of potential IEP goals related to problem solving. Also provided are great forms for tracking progress. For example, there is a pre-test and post-test to be filled out before and after implementation of the Problem Solving Chart. As a school-based professional, the pressure is on to monitor progress and collect frequent data. This chapter will help to make the job easier for sure! I highly recommend this book to anyone that supports individuals struggling with problem-solving skills!!!
LENEXA, Kansas
June 06 2016
Customer Review: F. Gallegos - Very slim book, but the concept that it teaches is helpful for aspie or neurotypical. I will be using this concept with both of my children. Very glad that it comes with pages that can be copied. The only thing that it is missing is a copying page for the symbols rather than the words chart.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 06 2016
Customer Review: Helen Schlegel - I know one of the authors and that said, volunteer as well that I work with children of all kinds in a community mental health program, so I am not speaking from a completely personal stand point. This book is a great help when needing ideas parents can utilize at home to reinforce and promote a common behavioral thread for children to help them maximize their abilities to learn and interact at home and in a learning environment. The ideas and illustration are uncomplicated and easily understood not to mention well explained. I find it to be a very useful tool in my work because the suggestions can be tweaked to fit the situation presented and personalized by the parents who are their children's first teachers.
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