Push to Open

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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

Push to Open 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 to help general 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 has 27 years of experience in the field of special education.  Over the course of her career, she has taught students with a wide range of disabilities in both self contained and inclusive settings.  Additionally, she has supervised regional special education programs, taught at the university level, and has provided consultation and training for school personnel, public and private agencies, and families.  She has her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Special Education from Ball State University, and has done additional graduate work in Educational Supervision through the University of Dayton, and in Behavioral Interventions for Autism through the University of Massachusetts, Lowell.  As the supervisor of The Miami Valley Regional Autism Coaching Team, she and her team have provided job embedded coaching in sensory, communication, behavior and instructional interventions for hundreds of educational teams.  The autism coaching program she supervises has been recognized by the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children as a model for building the capacity of educators to serve students with autism.  Her career long objective has been to create exceptional outcomes for individuals with disabilities in learning and in life.  She is a sought after speaker on diverse topics including differentiation of instruction, paraprofessional training, behavior supports, co-teaching, universal design for learning, and inclusive education for children with complex disabilities. Lisa enjoys public speaking and providing professional development to motivate change and inspire action towards more inclusive opportunities for all students.

Check 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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