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Paula Moraine

Autism and Everyday Executive Function

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Catalog No. 29213

Outlining eight 'Autism Access Points,' the ideas in this book provide a roadmap to developing essential organizational and planning skills.

Understand and support executive function in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with this fully-explained, innovative model. Showing how to use an individual's strengths to address executive functioning weaknesses, this approach will also help to build a strong foundation for social and communication skills.

Advocating a person-centred approach, the author describes the importance of identifying the individual's preferred style of engagement and communication, and how sensory experiences impact their thoughts, feelings, and actions. She explains how to use this information to identify the individual's strengths and weaknesses across eight key areas which are the building blocks of executive functions: attention; memory; organization; time management; initiative; behavior; goal setting and flexibility. These areas can be used daily to establish predictability and offer a foundation for interpreting, processing and understanding the world with flexibility. Professionals and parents can also use them as the basis of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), or to create personalized interventions and support at school or at home.

"[Paula Moraine] gives readers a completely fresh take on many aspects of interacting with children who have autism, including the way they process their environments, the 'languages' they invoke to interact with that environment, and the large role that executive functioning plays in both. The information in this book is woven together seamlessly to produce new and creative ways to think about familiar topics. This book will enhance even highly trained professionals' understanding of autism." Heather Powell, PhD, psychologist

"For the first time I have a comprehensive and practical resource to guide my understanding of my son's experience with executive function as a child with autism. Paula Moraine's work offers powerful insight and readily applicable concepts to empower all parents, teachers, care givers, and professionals as they embrace someone living with ASD. The book's concept of Autistic Access Points has unlocked countless barriers for my child making it possible for him to establish, build, and maintain effective executive skills. Paula Moraine's new paradigm gave me the capability to emphasize his strengths and build upon his talents opening infinite possibilities I could not imagine before reading this book." Michelle Shramek, educator and parent of a child with autism spectrum disorder

Paula Moraine is director of the Community Outreach Center for Literacy and Tutoring Program at The Highland School in Bel Air, Maryland. She has also worked as a classroom teacher and a teacher training instructor, and has taught academic courses on education at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Paula was editor of the Journal for Curative Education for five years. She lives in Joppa, Maryland.

160 pages. 2015

Catalog # 29213

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