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- First Then
- Model me Going Places 2
- Sentence Builder for iPad
- iDress for Winter
- Visual Impact
- Off We Go
- Fizz Brain
- School Skills
- Sosh: Improving Social Skills
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A great resource for educators, behavior specialists, early interventionists, SLPs, occupational therapists, and families, this reader-friendly pocket guide is the perfect introduction to PRT, the popular approach that uses natural learning opportunities to modify pivotal areas of behavior. Pioneering autism experts Robert and Lynn Koegel speak directly to the reader, demystifying PRT and clearly explaining why it leads to widespread and rapid progress for children.
Filled with helpful tips and many practical examples based on actual children, the book reveals the key principles behind
* motivating children with natural reinforcers
* reducing disruptive behavior with PRT
* encouraging communication and social initiations
* developing a challenging curriculum that helps children make progress
* assessing children meaningfully in natural environments
* closely collaborating with parents on goals and interventions
* helping families weave interventions into everyday routines
* ensuring that children generalize skills to other settings
* decreasing parents' stress and offering positive support
Throughout the book, the Koegels engage readers with down-to-earth guidance based on best practice, true stories from their decades of experience with children and families, and clear explanations of what the research says about PRT. And the end-of-chapter questions for teachers, therapists, and parents reinforce key points and prepare them for effective PRT implementation.
Holiday Tips from the Director
The holiday season is one filled with fun, surprise and excitement. At least, it is perceived it must be felt that way. However, there are many families that struggle during the holidays. Especially families with individuals on the autism spectrum. I have both personally and professionally seen the impact the business and pace of the holidays can have on individuals with autism and their families. Therefore, I thought I would create and post a simple list of tips to possibly prevent meltdowns and/or frustrations in the upcoming weeks. If you have any questions or comments about the tips listed, please feel free to contact me either by office phone or email ( (434)791-7240 or email@example.com).
1. Give your child a schedule of events for special activities, particularly on days with lots of transitions. Whether it’s a written schedule or one with pictures, your child will feel calmer and safer knowing what is coming up. Discuss the schedule regularly and provide info for each event. For example, let your child know which events will take place outside and which will be loud or crowded. Sometimes just knowing what’s next can help children with autism feel less anxiety. Use of social stories or comic strips can help ease anxiety in new situations and surroundings as well.
2. Before you leave for holiday parties, parades, or other fun events, have a quick family meeting so your whole family knows how long you plan to stay and how you expect them to behave. This will benefit neuro-typical children as well, since any child can get overwhelmed with the excitement of the holidays. Continue to make your child’s sleep schedule a priority, even in the midst of so many special events.
3. Children with significant sensory sensitives may require a little extra planning to enjoy holiday festivities. For example, you may need to bring along ear plugs if you will be in a noisy environment or sensory fidgets if the child is expected to sit still. For sensitive kids who need to wear dress clothes for events, bring along some soft clothes for them to change into as soon as possible. Be prepared by knowing your child’s specific limitations and how you will handle them if the need arises. Don’t wait for the meltdown to begin.
4. If your children have food sensitives or allergies that prevent them from eating holiday treats, plan ahead to offer alternatives like all-natural candy or a gluten-free treat from home. Children with autism often already feel different, so be sure to include them in as many holiday festivities as possible.
5. Continue to stick to your behavioral routines and don't compromise on things just because of differences in schedules. That compromise may never be reversed! Also, remember that all behaviors have meaning and most meanings are derived from the consequences of those behaviors. Stay calm, consistent and loving!