Convenience is a luxury that most parents and educators don't experience often.
Strategies at Hand reintroduces the much-valued concept of convenience to parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and related professionals who work with students with autism spectrum disorders. It features easy-to-implement strategies that can be used in all types of educational settings and situations.
This at-your-fingertips tool is broken down into five color-coded sections that are easy to locate and use:
... Learning Environments (classroom, field trips, etc.),
... Areas of Student Need (communication, behavior, etc.),
... Transitions (substitute teachers, school assemblies, etc.),
... Alphabetical Explanations of Terms (functional behavioral assessment, picture communication systems, etc.), plus Resources and References.
The bookmark size and unique binding of Strategies at Hand make for a format that lends itself to be stuck into a smock, apron, or pant pocket. The authors created Strategies at Hand so that tried-and-tested strategies and tips would be handy semester after semester. In support of this goal, the slim pages are coated to withstand constant use.
"This convenient little tool box is full of at-your-fingertips strategies for supporting students on the autism spectrum ‰Û_ in the classroom, on field trips, at assemblies, on the school bus, in the cafeteria and more. Each colored-coded tip card is bursting with behavior interventions, communication systems, sensory and social strategies, reinforcement methods, positive behavioral supports, etc."--Joanna L. Keating-Velasco, instructional aide and author of A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend and In His Shoes, A Short Journey Through Autism
Robin Brewer, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Northern Colorado. She previously served as a special education teacher and a behavioral consultant for the Colorado Department of Education. Robin started the Autism Task Force while at the Colorado Department of Education and continues to be an active member, training teams to work with students with autism around the state.
Tracy Gershwin Mueller, PhD, is an assistant professor at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado. She received her PhD in special education from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Tracy previously worked as a special education teacher and a behavior analyst for families of children and adults with behavior challenges. Her areas of expertise include positive behavior support, parent-school partnerships, and alternative dispute resolution. Tracy is a Colorado-trained mediator.