With Open Arms
Creating School Communities of Support for Kids with Social Challenges Using Circle of Friends, Extracurricular Activities, and Learning Teams
Children with autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and English language learners often face more social challenges than their peers. Written by an experienced special educator and behavior analyst, With Open Arms: Creating School Communities of Support for Kids with Social Challenges - Using Circle of Friends, Extracurricular Activities, and Learning Teams helps educational professionals create an open and inviting school environment, promoting understanding and helping everyone, including children with ASD, feel like they belong. This book provides step-by-step instructions on how to develop programs, such as book clubs, lunch bunches, relationship circles, and special interests clubs. These programs promote positive relationships between children and adolescents with special needs and their peers. After all, children with ASD should never again play alone at recess or sit alone at lunch (unless they really want to)!
MEET THE AUTHOR
Mary Schlieder, MS, is a special educator experienced working with all ages of students, ranging from preschoolers through adults, in both public school and residential settings. She is a behavior specialist in the Norris, Nebraska, Public School District, and enjoys conducting workshops teaching schools how to create their own communities of support for socially challenged kids. Mary was Nebraska Teacher of the Year.