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Unstuck and On Target!
An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research Edition
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For students with autism spectrum disorders, problems with flexibility and goal-directed behavior can be a major obstacle to success in school and in life. But flexibility and goal-setting can be taught just like any other skill—and this how-to manual equips professionals with simple, real-world ways to help students with ASD develop this critical aspect of executive function.
A classroom-based intervention approach for high-functioning students ages 8–11, this innovative guide gives special educators and other service providers ready-to-use lessons that promote cognitive and behavioral flexibility in everyday situations, from compromising with peers to handling schedule changes. Developed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and front-line professionals, the 27 lessons in Unstuck and On Target!
- are tested and proven. Students in field tests reported clear benefits, including increased ability to compromise and focus on larger goals.
- reflect the learning style of students with ASD. Explicit, step-by-step routines, activities, and scripts build on the natural strengths of students with ASD and ensure that they make progress.
- target specific skills every student needs to learn more effectively, participate successfully in the classroom, reduce stress, get along with others, set and achieve goals, problem solve, complete tasks independently, and more.
- free up teacher time. Educators will spend less time supporting students with flexibility challenges and more time on teaching.
- fit easily into any curriculum. Lessons are easy to use and don't require extensive planning.
- make learning fun, with engaging games, role-plays, stories, and lively class discussions.
- ensure generalization. Take-home worksheets for each lesson strengthen the home-school connection and help students transfer their new flexibility skills to other settings.
Ready for any professional to pick up and use, this complete guide gives users clear instructions, materials lists, and modifications for each lesson, plus invaluable Teacher Intervention Tips that help general educators reinforce the lessons throughout the school day. And with the included CD-ROM, it's easy to print all of the game cards, student worksheets, and other materials needed to conduct the lessons.
With this effective, user-friendly approach to executive function intervention, students with ASD will develop the flexibility skills they need to reach their goals, enjoy healthy relationships, and succeed in school and in the community.
Help students with ASD
- handle unexpected events
- cope with disappointment and frustration
- keep an open mind
- navigate disagreements with friends
- set and achieve goals
- distinguish a "big deal" from a "little deal"
- learn how to compromise
- create a Plan B when Plan A doesn't work
Review by: Shannon Lisowe, speech-language pathologist and editor of the Speechy Musings blog, www.speechymusings.com
“This curriculum actually teaches HOW to be flexible, stay organized, and how to tackle difficult executive functioning skills. It is intended for children on the autism spectrum but I've also used it with children with other diagnoses such as language disorders or ADHD. It has even come in handy for some of my articulation kiddos who have difficulty with frustration tolerance!”
Review by: Glenis Benson, ASD consultant
"Teachers and therapists alike, take note: You have in your hands the means by which you'll be able to address IEP and clinical goals. This is going to be your go-to manual, when you haven't lent it out!"
Review by: Marjorie Soloman, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, MIND Institute and Imaging Research Center, University of California, Davis
"User-friendly and innovative . . . offers an unparalleled collection of practical lesson materials that can be implemented in the school setting and also across multiple real world settings to ensure generalization."
Review by: Connie Kasari, Professor, Center for Autism Research & Training, UCLA Semel Institute
"Unique and welcome . . . will be of immense help to anyone who teaches children with autism. Readers can be confident that the curriculum will actually work in authentic settings for children with autism."
Review by: Peter Gerhardt, Director, Upper School, The McCarton School, New York, NY
"A wonderful example of how best to translate solid research findings into accessible, effective, and engaging intervention . . . A very practical, and therefore very useful, resource for parents and professionals alike."
Contents of the CD-ROM
About the Authors
John Elder Robison
Topic 1: What Is Flexibility?
Topic 2: Flexible Vocabulary
Topic 3: Coping Strategies
Topic 4: Personal Heroes
Topic 5: Why Be Flexible?
Topic 6: Your Goals: Getting What You Want
Topic 7: Scripts That Help You Be Flexible
Topic 8: Journey to Target Island
Topics 9: Being Flexible Makes You a Good Friend
Topic 10: Flexible Futures