A Classroom Observation Tool for Building Quality Education
Facilitating Evidence-Based Practice for Students with ASD
Special Education

Support better outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders with this essential resource for educational leaders. Includes a Classroom Observation Tool and practical guidelines for assessing and implementing evidence-based teaching practices.

Contains Companion Materials
79413 978-1-59857-941-3
2018 144
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How can schools and districts support better outcomes for students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD)? Find the answers in this essential guide for administrators and educators, a user-friendly roadmap for assessing teachers' current instruction and implementing evidence-based teaching practices.

The heart of this unique resource is an efficient Classroom Observation Tool developed by the authors (in collaboration with classroom teachers and administrators), which helps support school teams in implementing evidence-based practices for teaching students with ASD. After uncovering strengths and needs with the tool, educational leaders can use the practical guidelines and strategies in the book to strengthen instruction at the classroom, school, and district levels. Readers will also get critical background information on students with ASD, including their cognitive processes, the challenges they encounter in school, the fundamentals of intervention, and the key laws and regulations every school leader needs to know.

With this informative tool and concise handbook, school leaders can make high-quality instruction the norm in every classroom— and develop new ways to support the engagement and learning of all students with ASD.

  • assess evidence-based practices in both general and special education settings
  • identify areas for improvement and target professional development efforts
  • help teachers develop and deliver effective instruction for students with ASD
  • match teaching practices with the cognitive profiles and learning needs of individual students
  • learn new strategies for productive collaboration between teachers and administrators

Assess and improve practices in three key areas:
Environment—including physical organization of the classroom, visual schedules, and behavioral supports
Instruction—including clear instructional objectives, activity schedules, direct instruction, systematic instruction, and data collection
Communication—including embedded communication instruction, communication with peers and adults, and targeted social skills instruction
About the Downloads
About the Authors
About the Contributors
Foreword Brooke Carson
Foreword Kevin Ayers
Introduction: How to Use This Leader's Guide

  1. Understanding the Learning and Behavioral Needs of Students With ASD
    Christina R. Carnahan, Kate Doyle, and K. Alisa Lowrey
  2. Laws Every Leader Needs to Know: A Look at Legislation, Regulations, Case Law, and Individuals With ASD
    K. Alisa Lowrey, Mitchell L. Yell, and Gregory W. Smith
  3. Evidence-Based Practice for Students With ASD: How Will I Know It When I See It?
    K. Alisa Lowrey and Christina R. Carnahan
  4. The Evidence-Based Classroom Observation Tool for Creating Building and District-Level Capacity
    Christina R. Carnahan, K. Alisa Lowrey, and Kate Snyder
  5. Developing and Leading Collaborative School Cultures
    Pamela Williamson, Christina R. Carnahan, and Sarah J. Letson

Appendix: Development of a Standardized Benchmark Assessment Tool to Facilitate EBP for Students With ASD


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James Cox, Midwest Book Review - September 25, 2018
With this informative tool and concise handbook, school leaders can make high-quality instruction the norm in every classroom by developing new ways to support the engagement and learning of all students with ASD. Exceptionally well organized and presented [this book] is unreservedly recommended for school district, college, and university library Teacher Education collections in general, and Student ASD supplemental studies reading lists in particular.
James Basham, Associate Professor, University of Kansas, Co-founder of the UDL-IRN - May 22, 2018
This book provides an incredible resource for supporting the design of effective and meaningful learning environments for students with autism. It should be in the professional library of every education leader that supports learners with autism.
Annette Wragge, Nebraska ASD Network State Coordinator - May 21, 2018
This book is…incredibly detailed…and [an] easy-to-use guide [for] implementing best practices with individuals with autism.
Kara Hume, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - May 14, 2018
The authors provide practical examples, usable tools, and…allows school leaders to better understand and connect with their special education staff members, as well as, a broader student population. [This book] helps to ensure that school leaders are well-informed and able to support staff who are serving students on the autism spectrum.
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  • reproducible collaboration guide

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