Training and Education for Parents and Staff Learning Together Barbara T. Doyle and Emily Doyle Iland Parents are the true team leaders across the lifetime of their children. Parents need to be encouraged and taught how to exercise their leadership role within teams. Joint training for professionals and families helps everyone develop compatible skills and vocabulary for effective teamwork.
Selecting Educational Goals Barbara T. Doyle Academic, social and functional goals can often be combined in well thought out teaching plans.
Working with Restrictive and Repetitive Interests Barbara T. Doyle Children and adults with autism spectrum disorders may sometimes have difficulty sustaining attention to useful topics. We can engage their focus and attention in more topics if we make the restricted, repetitive interest an element of those topics, rather than constantly trying to "make them stop focusing on it."
Object Schedules Barbara T. Doyle An object schedule is a simple and inexpensive way to provide information to learners in an easy to understand format. An added feature of the system is that it can become a way for people with communication difficulties to signal their desire to initiate particular activities.
Recording Individual Communication Using the Communication Dictionary Barbara T. Doyle A Communication Dictionary is a method of writing down and sharing information that has been learned about what the individual says or does, what it usually means and how the individual expects others to respond. A Communication Dictionary can be developed for anyone with any diagnosis at any age or stage of life.
Helping Children Sleep Barbara T. Doyle Night time routines and environmental changes that can help children, particularly those with ASD, sleep.
Including Children with Autism in Inclusive Preschools: Strategies that Work Ilene S. Schwartz, Felix F. Billingsley, and Bonnie M. McBride How children with autism and other developmental disabilities are included with normally developing children in the Alice H. Hayden Preschool at the University of Washington's Experimental Education Unit (EEU). Strategies adapting developmentally appropriate practice to the special needs of autistic preschoolers are outlined.
Pain, Waste, and the Hope for a Better Future... "Invisible Disabilities" in the Educational System Margi Nowak, Ph.D. Margi Nowak is a cultural anthropologist and parent of a child with an "invisible" but very real disability. Her experience is similar to that of other parents in similar situations, a lack of coordination and delivery of information and help to teachers of special needs children, reluctance on the part of educators to trust and work with parents, and a bureaucracy that more often thwarts than supports advocates for special needs students.
Double Inequity, Redoubled Critique: Twice-Exceptional (Gifted + Learning Disabled) Students by Margi Nowak, Ph.D. What we are learning about students who are both gifted and LD. debunks 18 commonly held myths about ASD. their focus and attention in more topics if we make the restricted, repetitive interest an element of those topics, rather than constantly trying to "make them stop focusing on it." or does, what it usually means and how the individual expects others to respond. A Communication Dictionary can be developed for anyone with any diagnosis at any age or stage of life.