In this exciting companion to the beloved classic Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, the unique perspective of an autistic child's voice describes for teachers, in the classroom and in the larger community, how to understand thinking and processing patterns common in autism, how to shape an environment conducive to their learning style, and how to communicate with autistic learners of all ages in functional, meaningful ways. It's the guidebook every educator and family member, worldwide, needs to create effective and inclusive settings wherein child and adult are both teachers and learners.
This vibrantly updated and expanded edition includes an imaginative, all-new guide adaptable for group discussion, self-reflection, or self-expression, an afterword from the author's autistic son, and added perspective from autistic adults about their experiences in education. Perennially popular since 2006 and translated into multiple languages, Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew now brings fresh perspective to a new generation of educators and autistic learners.
Author of The
Way I See It, Thinking in Pictures
It is a delight to find a book that
creates a crack in the shell of autism, leading us to a better understanding of
students with ASD. Ellen Notbohm offers us a glimpse of the inner thoughts of a
child with this disorder, something that is often missed when teaching this
student. A wonderful addition to any educator's library!
~Sheila Wagner, M.Ed., Author of
the Inclusive Programming for Elementary, Middle School and High School
Students with Autism book series
A breath of fresh air! Ellen
Notbohm leaves behind reliance on tired, rigid systems of interventions and
instead delves into vital transactional approaches that are so sorely needed.
The most important part of any IEP
is not the diagnostic category but the individual's student profile. This book
makes that often-neglected section come alive. For it is only by seeing the
unique beauty in each child that change can happen. There is no place for
cookie cutter formulae or reliance on specific treatment modalities. Autistic
students learn differently and must be taught differently. Again, the book
shows us how.
Further, when insisting that only the
child should ?change? in order to learn, we omit an essential ingredient. That
is the role of the teacher in being able to change, innovate and accommodate in
a transactional fashion. Hooray for circular learning!
Once we truly see each student with
fresh eyes, understanding that their behaviors always have communicative
intent, that kids do well if they can, that trust curiosity and respect are
key, then we can break old, tired molds and instead allow the child's innate
individuality to shine forth and succeed.
An essential book for any parent,
educator, and developmental pediatrician!
~Raun D. Melmed, MD, FAAP, director
of the Melmed Center and co-founder and medical director of the Southwest
Autism Research and Resource Center, Phoenix AZ, PhD, LCSW and author of Autism:
Early Intervention, Autism and the Extended Family, Autism Parent
Handbook: Beginning with the End Goal in Mind, and the ST4 Mindfulness
Book for Kids series