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The mission of the ASD Nest program is to create the best possible public school model for higher functioning children with ASD and implement that model in all New York City neighborhoods. Now you can replicate and achieve that mission in your school or district!
The ASD Nest Model: A Framework for Inclusive Education for Higher Functioning Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, edited by Shirley Cohen and Laren Hough, tells the story of why and how the ASD Nest model was developed and how it is serving hundreds of higher functioning children with autism spectrum disorders in New York City. Full of specifics, timelines, strategies and more, including data on student performance, the book provides the framework for setting up a similar program elsewhere, including obstacles and how to solve them.
Everyday Classroom Strategies and Practices for Supporting Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Jamie D. Bleiweiss, Lauren Hough, and Shirley Cohen, outlines the class-wide, individualized, and intensive supports used in the Nest program across the social, behavioral, academic, and sensory domains. As such it explains in detail, accompanied by photos and illustrations, the strategies used to support students in the program. The book also incorporates the latest thinking about how assessment should be carried out to best meet the needs of students in the classroom and includes a set of checklists designed to monitor implementation and ensure fidelity of implementation.
Used together, these two well-researched and evidence-based resources give you everything you need to set up and implement an inclusive program for higher functioning children with autism spectrum disorders from the bottom up!
MEET THE AUTHORS
Lauren Hough, MsEd, is the coaching consultant for the ASD Nest Support Project at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In this role, she provides professional development workshops, school-based consultation, and seminars on meeting the needs of school-aged students on the spectrum in inclusion settings. Prior to working as a consultant, Ms. Hough worked for five years as a special education teacher and school-based coach in the ASD Nest program.
Shirley Cohen, PhD, a professor in the Department of Special Education at Hunter College of the City University of New York for many years, became Professor Emeritus in 2011. In her role at Hunter College, Dr. Cohen co-developed the ASD Nest program for the New York City public schools with Dorothy Siegel of New York University, and continues to serve as a consultant and intervention developer for the program. She is the author of the book Targeting Autism, originally published in 1998 and since 2006 in its third edition, as well as two earlier books on disability: Special People (1977) and Respite Care (1985).