I have a bunch of autism books on my reading list that are just waiting for me to read and review. Today I’m posting my review of the first book I’ve finished: Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom by Beth Aune, OTR/L, Beth Burt and Peter Gennaro. Make sure to read through to the end of the post to learn how to enter the book giveaway.
About the Book:
The following is an excerpt from the back cover of Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom:
“As inclusion becomes the norm in general education, teachers are faced with behaviors they have never seen before. Special needs educators may recognize the telltale symptoms of a sensory need or a textbook-case of an avoidance behavior, but this is all new territory for the general-ed crowd!”
The book is broken down into four main sections: Movement Issues, Avoidance and Retreat Behaviors, Difficulty with Routine and Academics, and Social-Emotional Issues.
Although I’m not an educator, I found the book to be quite a gem and I can see it being extremely beneficial to teachers. As schools across the country try to find the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for their students on the autism spectrum, more general education teachers will have direct and daily contact with these students.
As a mom of two children on the spectrum, I know how “quirky” they can be. To make it even more challenging, they each present quite differently. To a teacher that doesn’t have hours of training on children with autism, this can be quickly confusing. The book will help alleviate this confusion because it is a quick go-to manual of behaviors and solutions. While I’d recommend that teachers give it a complete read-through at least once, those with less time on their hand can use it as a reference tool as situations arise.
Here’s one example of a behavior and a set of solutions:
Solutions: Place the student at the end of the aisle or row of chairs, allow the student to occasionally stand at his desk, provide the student with a fidget toy, and/or give the student a “Movement Break.”
When my son was in kindergarten and movement was a concern, the school gave him a fidget toy. Unfortunately they chose a toy that made noise, not a wise decision for a classroom full of easily distractible kindergarteners. Behavior Solutions suggests a squeeze ball as an ideal fidget toy and I agree. It is quiet and less likely to distract other students.
I definitely recommend this book for general education teachers that have children on the autism spectrum in their classroom. It is a great resource and written in a way that makes it easy to consult during the busy classroom day.
Now on to the giveaway details – I received the review copy of the book from the publisher, Future Horizons, and I would like to give it away to one of my readers. To enter my giveaway please leave a comment below. Make sure that you include a valid email address with your comment so that I can contact you if you win. The contest will be open through Sunday night. On Monday, December 20, I will announce the winner.