The Parents' Guide to Teaching Kids with Asperger Syndrome and Similar Asds Real-Life Skills for Independence

By Patricia Romanowski Bashe; Peter Gerhardt (Foreword by)
(Three Rivers Press (CA), Paperback, 9780307588951, 384pp.)

Publication Date: October 25, 2011

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The definitive resource for teaching kids with Asperger syndrome the life skills that build independence, confidence, and self-esteem.
Children with autism spectrum disorders learn differently. Our kids' choices are too often limited and their paths to success restricted, not by a lack of intellectual ability but by deficits in acquiring, applying, and generalizing basic life skills. Success in school, at home, on the playground, and beyond depends on mastering countless basic living skills that most other kids just "pick up" almost by osmosis.
This book shows parents how to teach these so-called easy skills to complex learners. This is the first book for parents and caregivers of kids with Asperger syndrome and similar learning profiles that features strategies based on applied behavior analysis--the most widely accepted, evidence-based, and effective teaching method for learners with ASDs--including how to:
-Identify critical skills appropriate for your child's age--how to teach them and why
-Implement new techniques that can replace, mimic, prompt, override, or impose missing order on your child's learning style
-Design a curriculum for your child that reduces reliance on prompts (including parents) and promotes new learning, new behaviors, and independence.



About the Author
Patricia Romanowski Bashe, M.S. Ed., co-owner of OASIS, has worked as an author and editor for more than twenty years. She has cowritten more than twenty-three books, including four national bestsellers. She is a certified special education teacher and executive director of the David Center, a Long Island-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving children and families facing autism spectrum disorders. She lives on Long Island,

Peter Gerhardt, E.D., is the director of education at the Upper School of the McCarton School and the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). He has more than 30 years of experience using the principles of applied behavior analysis in supporting adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. Dr. Gerhardt is the author or the coauthor of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASDs and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. He serves on the editorial board of "Behavior Analysis in Practice" and on numerous professional advisory boards. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Education.
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