How Do I Teach This Kid? Kimberly A. Henry ~ Future Horizons: Arlington, Texas

How Do I Teach This Kid?

Children on the spectrum need structure like the rest of us need oxygen, yet many special education and regular education teachers struggle with keeping the individual student's day 100% structured. This book is packed with ideas to keep the day structured with minimal training on the part of the child. This book is also great for parents and in-home therapists to create task boxes for structured learning. "Task boxes emphasize students' visual learning styles, avoiding the need for auditory processing of verbal directions, an area of deficit for many students with autism". Direct instruction is required when the initial task boxes are introduced, but once they have learned the system, students generalize well from task to task due to the straightforward nature of the task boxes. Tasks addressed are: motor tasks, matching tasks, sorting tasks, reading tasks, writing tasks, and math tasks. Targeted skills that are addressed are: fine-motor, pincher grasp, eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, gross visual discrimination, one-to-one correspondence, two-step tasks, matching, pre-math, math readiness, pre-reading, reading readiness, sorting, gender discrimination, categorization, concept of opposites, sensory input, beginning comprehension, concept of size, letter recognition, phonemic awareness, sequencing, sight words, word comprehension, counting, picture identification, attention to detail, tracing, drawing lines, spelling, sentence construction, number sense and recognition, skip counting, and pattern recognition and extension. Sample IEP goals are included as well as data sheets. This book is an essential resource in the library of the inclusive classroom teacher, the special education teacher, the professional using TEACCH, ABA, or any structured learning situation.

Bonnie Kimpling-Kelly, Teacher/Behavior Analyst