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Understanding Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Understanding Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Educators Partnering with Families


October 2012 | 424 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
As prevalence rates and awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) increase, there is a need for all educators to have a basic understanding of the disorder and how to teach affected children. Understanding Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Educators Partnering with Families introduces, in an accessible manner, the significant body of research and theory in the field of autism within the larger context of understanding the unique socio-cultural dimensions of individuals with ASD and their families.

Engaging and user-friendly, Michelle Haney's text provides future educators insight into the complexity and diversity of children with ASD, the wide range of interventions and processes for making decisions about choosing interventions (teaming with parents to provide optimal educational opportunities), and the personal/professional growth that is likely to take place during such a journey.

Section I. The Evolving Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder
1. Historical Overview of Autism and the Role of the Family
2. Current Understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder
3. Biological Issues and Etiology of Autism Spectrum Disorder
Section II. Collaborating with Families for Diagnosis and Setting Educational Goals
4. Collaborating With and Supporting Families of Children with ASD
5. Identification and the Diagnostic Process
6. Early Intervention and Transitioning to Elementary School
Section III. Addressing the Needs of Individuals with ASD within the School Setting and the Greater Community
7. Interventions Based on Applied Behavior Analysis at School, Home, and Within the Community
8. Environmental Supports Addressing Sensory Needs and Promoting Academic Success for Children with ASD
9. The Development of Communication and Language Skills in Children with ASD
10. Social Development in Children with ASD
11. Transitioning to Adulthood: Fostering Independence and Self-Determination
Author Biographies

"This text is accessible to students and provides a comprehensive way of addressing a complex issue like ASD."

Jennifer Kurth
North Arizona University - Flagstaff

"This text is accessible to students and provides a comprehensive way of addressing a complex issue like ASD."

Jennifer Kurth
Northern Arizona University - Flagstaff
Key features


  • User-friendly and attractive pedagogical tools provide teaching supports and a student-friendly and engaging textbook.
  • The text includes engaging and fascinating interviews and case studies, which include interviews with: parents of children with ASD, individuals with ASD, teachers of children with ASD, and top researchers in the field of ASD conducting cutting edge research and developing assessment tools.
  • A Lifespan perspective emphasizes the significance of lifespan transitions to effective collaboration with families and planning/implementation of developmentally appropriate services and supports.
  • The text integrates collaboration with the family, as well as understanding of cultural context when working with families to provide supports for children and adolescents with ASD.
  • Emphasizing and highlighting Evidence-Based Practices features provides processes for evaluating empirical support for interventions, while respecting parental beliefs and preferences for certain types of supports.

Sample Materials & Chapters


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