Integrated Planning for Students with Special Needs
Teachers, clinicians, and administrators are being asked more frequently than ever before to respond to students with an increasingly complex set of needs and behaviors. Lesson Plan a la Carte guides educators through a simple, step-by-step process of creating an integrated lesson plan that addresses the social, environmental and communication challenges that block kids access to academics and other learning opportunities. This model helps to integrate the best clinical and educational practices into a plan that speaks a common language and aligns and focuses priorities, goals and strategies.
Valerie Paradiz, PhD, designs curricula and educational programs for children and adults with autism spectrum and related conditions. She is the developer of Integrated Self-Advocacy ISA, a curriculum and certification training series for educators, therapists, families, and support providers who wish to help individuals with ASDs achieve greater self-determination and ability in self-advocacy. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Redbook Magazine, The Guardian, and on National Public Radio. She serves as director of the Autistic Global Initiative for the Autism Research Institute, where she also works as editor-in-chief of the quarterly ARI Adults with ASD eBulletin. Valerie is a Leadership Council member of Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA).
Todd Germain, OTR, LCSW, is a clinical social worker and occupational therapist with advanced training in child and adolescent psychotherapy from the William Alanson White Institute. Todd has a private practice in Manhattan where he works primarily with children and families around a variety of developmental and social-emotional issues. He has taught clinical social work at Fordham University and is an integrated planning consultant for The Cooke Center for Learning and Development.
Sarah Olivieri, MPS, is involved with a number of organizations serving children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum. She co-founded the Open Center for Autism in 2005 with Valerie Paradiz and has served as the deputy director of the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) and executive director of the Helping Children of War Foundation. Sarah received her BA from the University of Chicago with a focus on globalization and its effect on marginalized cultures, studying in Spain, Tanzania, and Cuba, and finally moving to Japan to teach English. In 2009 she completed a master's degree in humanistic and multicultural education at SUNY New Paltz.
Michelle DeFelice Haverly, MS, has been a teacher of people with special needs for over 15 years. During those years, she has served as a special educator of students with a wide range of abilities in various settings. She has also been a college instructor, tutor, Special Olympics coach and trainer, workshop writer, program developer, volunteer, consultant, presenter, and mentor. Michelle currently writes workshop materials and trains school-related professionals, to improve the quality of education for all students, especially those with ASD and related diagnoses.
250 pages. 2011