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Preparing Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders to Participate in Their Communities

This short, to-the-point resource is sure be used repeatedly by parents and educators. It focuses on everyday events and how to enable and support individuals on the autism spectrum to be active participants in the world around them. Created as a "Blueprint" to be filled in according the child and the event being planned, the framework lists 10 areas that have been identified in best practice as effective types of support for children with an autism spectrum disorder. These include a waiting plan, communication, social, visual, hidden curriculum rules, sensory, motivation, behavior, transitions and siblings or other students. The individualized Blueprint will become second nature to its users as they become more familiar with the support the child needs and, therefore, serve as an indispensable tool in everyday life.


Amy Bixler Coffin,
M.S., is the education autism administrator for the Ohio Center for Autism and Low incidence (OCALI), where she coordinates and provides professional development on autism spectrum disorders for Ohio schools and families. She has a master's degree in special education from the University of Akron. A special educator for 16 years, Amy has served as a special education teacher, low-incidence supervisor, director of special education, and autism program director. Amy has presented at state and national conferences.

Jill Hudson, MS, CCLS is a certified child life specialist. Trained at John Hopkins, she formerly worked at children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her master's degree in autism/Asperger Syndrome from the University of Kansas, She is the author of Prescription for Success: Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Medical Environment and Cabins, Canoes and Campfires: Guidelines for Establishing a Camp for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jill consults and presents nationally and internationally.

ISBN: 9781931282482

Reviews (1)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 03 2016
Customer Review: Joanna Keating-Velasco - Finally a hands-on simple to follow strategy to help kids with autism participate in the community. This book is so user friendly it should be in every household with kids who have autism. It provides a step by step blueprint for breaking down outings including birthday parties, class field trips, going to the movie, going to the mall, family gatherings at holidays...everything. Plus it has a sample story and strategy for each outing. It also covers the spectrum as far as covering kids of different ages and abilities. As an instructional aide working with students with autism, I recommend this book to teachers and aides to break down the issues and challenges related to getting these wonderful students out into the community. Sample visuals are included and the appendix is full of examples for each resource. Kudos to Hudson & Coffin! It's wonderful!
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