Materials for Paraprofessionals working with Students on the Autism Spectrum

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The ABC's of bullying prevention Kenneth Shore. Dude Pub., 2005.
Description: "In order to make meaningful and lasting progress in preventing incidents of bullying, schools need to implement school-wide anti-bullying programs in which staff, students and parents are all committed participants. This type of wide-ranging bullying prevention program, which addresses school climate and culture, has been found to be most effective way of significantly reducing school bullying, making schools safer for all children."--publisher's website.
Introduction -- 1. Bullying: an overview -- 2. Cyberbullying -- 3. A comprehensive program to prevent bullying -- 4. The roles of the administrator and pupil services staff -- 5. The role of the teacher -- 6. The role of the paraprofessional/teacher aide -- 7. The role of the parents -- 8. Bullying: A call to action -- 9. Bullying resources.

Behavior support strategies for education paraprofessionals Will Henson., c2008.
Description: "Education paraprofessionals are often tasked with managing challenging behaviors in both general and special education settings. This book is designed to help paraprofessionals learn important concepts for working with disruptive behaviors. This book covers: how to understand the function of a behavior ; the importance of positive, proactive and collaborative methods for addressing behaviors ; details on many different types of behavior techniques with examples and sample dialogue ; an in-depth discussion of professional boundry (sic) delimmas (sic) when working with students ; de-escalation and risk management skills ; an explanation of common disability categories and psychological diagnoses"--p.4 of cover.

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The comprehensive autism planning system (CAPS) for individuals with asperger syndrome, autism, and related disabilities : integrating best practices throughout the student's day Shawn A. Henry, Brenda Smith Myles ; foreword by Ruth Aspy and Barry Grossman. Autism Asperger Pub Co, 2007.
Description: "This comprehensive, yet easy-to-use system allows educators to understand how and when to implement an instructional program for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The CAPS model answers the questions (a) What supports does my student/child need in each class to be successful? (b) What goals is my student/child working on? and (c) Is there a thoughtful sequence to the studentÕs/childÕs day that matches his learning style. This timely resource addresses adequate yearly progress (AYP), response to intervention (RTI), and positive behavior support (PBS) in a common-sense format. The CAPS process was designed to be used by the childÕs educational team, consisting of parents, general educators, special educators, paraprofessionals, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, administrators, psychologists, consultants, siblings, and others who are stakeholders in the studentÕs education. The structure of this innovative tool ensures consistent use of supports to ensure student success as well as data collection to measure that success. In addition, CAPS fosters targeted professional development. Because CAPS identifies supports for each of the studentÕs daily activities, it is possible for all educational professionals working with the student to readily identify the methods, supports, and structures in which they themselves need training."--publisher's website.

How to be a para pro : a comprehensive training manual for paraprofessionals Diane Twachtman-Cullen ; illustrations by David A. DeLorenzo. Starfish Specialty Press, 2000.
Description: "... user-friendly training manual is divided into two parts. Part One is a "short-course" on autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for people "in the trenches." Part two takes a "cookbook style" look at the art and science of paraprofessional support for students with ASD and those with other cognitive impairments."--publisher's website.

How to set up a classroom for students with autism (a manual) S.B. Linton., c2007.
Decription: "... a manual for teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers and administrators new to working with students with autism or for professionals who would like to enhance their current autism classroom set-up. The manual is easy to read and is full of great ideas for setting up your autism classroom. With items such as detailed instructions about classroom set up, ideas for collaborating with others, data collection ideas and behavior intervention plans, this manual is sure to be a major support for any professional working in a classroom for students with autism!"--Publisher's description.

Inclusion : an essential guide for the paraprofessional : a practical reference tool for all paraprofessionals working in inclusive settings Peggy A. Hammeken. 2nd ed. Peytral Publications, c2003.
Description: Includes information on confidentiality, instructional modifications, classroom routines, student expectation, behavior management, scheduling. Includes activites for group discussion or individual reflection. Has concrete ideas and instructional modifications, divided into subject areas. Has forms and reproducibles.

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The paraprofessional's guide to the inclusive classroom : working as a team Mary Beth Doyle. 3rd ed. Paul H. Brookes Pub., c2008.
Description: "With the rising demand for paraprofessional training and the requirements for highly qualified personnel in every classroom, it's the perfect time for a fully revised third edition of this popular, activity-packed workbook. Carefully updated throughout with timely, engaging new material, this interactive guide helps teachers and paraprofessionals work together to create the most effective inclusive classrooms. Collaborating on creative and enlightening activities, teachers and paraprofessionals will learn how to:work more effectively with students who have a variety of disabilities, including autism ; clarify their roles and responsibilities ; provide individualized curricular and instructional support for each student improve communication among members of the educational team ; use positive behavioral support to successfully address behavior challenges."--publisher's website.


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The paraprofessional's handbook for effective support in inclusive classrooms Julie Causton-Theoharis. Paul H. Brookes Pub., c2009.
Description: "... handy survival guide, equally useful for the brand-new paraprofessional or the 20- year classroom veteran. Packed with friendly guidance, practical tips, and relatable first- person stories, this book reveals the best ways to provide effective, respectful services to students in inclusive classrooms. Causton-Theoharis, a teacher, professor, and educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience as a paraprofessional instructor, knows exactly how to help readers stop feeling overwhelmed so they can start making a difference. She answers all the urgent questions paraprofessionals have as they navigate their complex job in the inclusive classroom, showing readers how to: provide skillful and subtle support to students while encouraging their independence resolve challenging behavior in gentle and positive ways ; find students' strengths and match support practices to them ; fade their support ; make informed decisions about content-specific accommodations, modifications, and adaptations ; presume competence and keep expectations high ; facilitate peer supports and friendships ; partner with teachers, SLPs, psychologists, families, and other members of the educational team relieve their own stress and avoid burnout. To help them master the daily ups and downs of the inclusive classroom, paraprofessionals will get ready-to-use practical content: tips for supporting students with specific disabilities, helpful question-and-answer sections, examples of successful problem-solving, a quick-guide to acronyms in education, easy ideas for improving teamwork, and more."--publisher's website.

Pivotal response treatments for autism : communication, social & academic development Robert L. Koegel and Lynn Kern Koegel, with invited contributors. Paul H. Brookes, c2006.
Description: " ... Pivotal Response Treatment uses natural learning opportunities to target and modify key behaviors in children with autism, leading to widespread positive effects on communication, behavior, and social skills. The product of 20 years of research from Robert and Lynn KoegelÑcoÐfounders of the renowned Autism Research Center at the University of California, Santa BarbaraÑthis proven approach is now clearly presented in one accessible book. Keeping parents involved in every aspect of behavioral intervention, therapists and educators of children from preschool to elementary school will use the research-supported PRT strategies to: advance children's communication and language skills, even in extremely challenging cases : foster social interactions and friendships with typically developing peers ; reduce disruptive behaviors by combining functional assessment with self-management strategies : aid early identification and intervention ; reduce ritualistic behaviors and broaden children's interests ; improve children's performance in school activities and on homework assignments. Because PRT works with each child's natural motivations and stresses functional communication over rote learning, this comprehensive model helps children develop skills they can really use. With this timely resource, educators and therapists will support children with autism as they enjoy more positive interactions, more effective communication, and higher academic achievement in natural, inclusive settings."--Publisher's website.

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Social skills solutions : a hands-on manual for teaching social skills to children with autism Kelly McKinnon, Janis Krempa. DRL Books, c2002.
Description: This hands-on manual provides instruction on how to build a social skills program and presents effective methods for teaching specific goals. Based on the author's years of experience teaching social skills, this book addresses issues and skills that are often overlooked in other manuals. There is a comprehensive checklist to be used as an assessment of skills and as a method of creating goals for individual students. There are concrete strategies broken down into simple steps for using visuals, video modeling, peer play and natural occurring situations to facilitate social skills learning. Reproducible worksheets to reinforce these skills are also included for easy implementation.

You are a social detective! : explaining social thinking to kids Michelle Garcia Winner and Pamela Crooke ; illustrated by Kelly Knopp. Think Social Pub., c2008.
Description: Introduction to the concepts of social thinking to kids and general education teachers, para-professionals, parents, caregivers, special educators, grandparents, siblings, day care workers, and scout leaders. Includes social thinking lessons.

Updated November 2016