Reaching teens with autism requires knowledge and heart

Award-winning educator Walter Kaweski offers secondary teachers practical strategies and heartfelt insights based on his extensive experience as an autism specialist, inclusion coordinator, and father of a son with Asperger syndrome. Students with special needs often require extra support as they adjust to middle and high school and the changes that accompany adolescence. Without support, this time can be overwhelming. Teaching Adolescents With Autism offers hundreds of valuable ideas to help teachers:

Understand the causes and manifestations of autism; Solve adolescent behavior challenges; Support students with diverse needs; Implement academic and behavioral interventions; Help students adjust to social situations; Understand special education policy

Each chapter offers numerous personal stories that illustrate and reinforce strategies in a tangible way. Important concepts are augmented with bulleted lists, tables, figures, photographs, and cartoons drawn by a student with autism. This unique book takes the mystery out of teaching adolescents with autism and inspires teachers to appreciate the individuality of each student.



“No one likes me! I'm a complete failure!” cried 13-year-old Adrianna, a pretty seventh-grade girl diagnosed with autism. She had just spent another lunch period wandering around the schoolyard alone while her peers engaged in laughter and conversation, played games, and enjoyed each other's company. Adrianna spent many lunch periods this way, without friends, wanting to fit in but not knowing how. (Author)

Students like Adrianna are not unusual. She represents thousands of school-age students who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and need special education services. Despite this label, Adrianna's disability does not define who she is as a person. So who is Adrianna? She is Joseph and Sarah's daughter and Aaron's sister. She loves to dance and bubbles over with enthusiasm ...

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