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In the Classroom: Teaching Children with Autism

Browse this list of recommended books for teachers who work with children on the autism spectrum. Some of the books focus on how to create an inclusive classroom that works for all students, and others offer insight and advice on managing behavioral issues. If you know about a great book not listed here, please contact us at: readingrockets@weta.org

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"You're Going to Love This Kid!": Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom

By: Paula Kluth
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Find fresh ways to welcome and teach students with autism. The book includes ​forms, checklists, and planning tools that make it easy for teachers to implement the suggested strategies; photos of curricular adaptations, sensory supports, and classroom scenes; and tips on improving literacy, implementing positive behavior support, and collaborating effectively with families. This updated edition also includes information on fostering friendships, building communication skills, planning challenging and multidimensional lessons, and adapting the curriculum and the physical environment. 

A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism

By: Paula Kluth, Kelly Chandler-Olcott
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

An an essential "literacy meets autism" primer for general educators and reading specialists, this book provides the know-how for bringing quality, meaningful literacy instruction to students with autism in grades K-12. Teachers will learn research-based practices in reading and writing instruction; ideas for planning lessons, differentiating instruction, and designing a classroom environment that promotes literacy learning while addressing the individual needs of learners with autism; techniques for assessing students who cannot show their literacy learning in traditional ways due to communication or learning differences; and much more from the authors' own extensive classroom experience.

Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom

By: Beth Aune, Beth Burt, Peter Gennaro
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

One look at the table of contents and you’ll likely recognize behaviors you deal with on a daily basis like “Bumping Into Other Students,” “Breaking Pencils” and “Difficulty Lining Up.” The solutions are practical and positive and explain the reasons behind the sometimes challenging behavior. Written by a pediatric occupational therapist, a parent of a child with autism and a director of special education, this guide has practical tips for teaching students with autism. This book is designed to be an at-your-fingertips resource. You can quickly consult the table of contents to find the section on the issue, learn what is potentially at the root of the behavior, and find possible solutions to implement immediately.

Building Sensory Friendly Classrooms to Support Children with Challenging Behaviors

By: Rebecca A. Moyes
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Teachers know that half the challenge of teaching is setting up an effective learning environment. This book is designed to help you structure your classroom so that even kids who struggle with sensory overload (like many kids with autism do) will feel comfortable. The author places an emphasis on using data from student observations to craft a classroom that will support your specific students and their needs.

From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms

By: Paula Kluth, Sheila Danaher
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

These ready-to-use, research-based adaptations enhance motivation and improve achievement for all children — including English-language learners and students with autism, emotional disabilities, cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities and other special needs. Includes easy adaptations in 10 key areas: organization; environment and sensory; technology; communication and participation; behavior and motivation; teaching and learning; literacy; math; study and review; and assessment

Just Give Him the Whale!: 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism

By: Paula Kluth, Patrick Schwarz
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

When learners with autism have deep, consuming fascinations — trains, triangles, basketballs, whales — teachers often wonder what to do. This concise, highly practical guidebook gives educators across grade levels a powerful new way to think about students' "obsessions" — as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate, and improve learning. Written by top autism experts and nationally renowned speakers Kluth and Schwarz, this guide is full of easy tips and strategies for folding students' special interests, strengths, and areas of expertise into classroom lessons and routines. 

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