It's No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom by Dr. Linda BarboaIt's No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom by Dr. Linda Barboa

It's No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom

byDr. Linda Barboa, Mary Lou Datema

Paperback | March 26, 2016

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It’s No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom is designed as an introduction for preschool teachers, childcare workers and others working with young children to best practices in working with all children, but most notably with those on the autism spectrum. The book contains background information on effective early childhood practices, with an emphasis on students who are or may be on the autism spectrum. The very knowledgeable and experienced authors present an overview of autism, specific strategies for the classroom teacher now dealing with those on the autism spectrum, as well as interesting and insightful vignettes that bring these strategies to life. Chapters on the special education process, working with parents and with other professionals, and facing the challenges presented in working with young special needs children provide practical suggestions for both experienced educators, and those new to the world of special education.

Title:It's No Biggie: Autism in the Early Childhood ClassroomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:178 pages, 9 × 8.5 × 0.38 inPublished:March 26, 2016Publisher:Goldminds Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942905653

ISBN - 13:9781942905653


Table of Contents

IntroductionForwardPART ONE- AUTISM BASICS Chapter 1--The Teacher's Perspective - Keys to UnderstandingSensory Processing Communication Social SkillsChapter 2--The Child's Perspective - Developmentally Appropriate Practice The Child Centered Classroom The Physical Environment The Social-Emotional Environment The Cognitive/Learning EnvironmentChapter 3-- The Parent's Perspective - Realities and ResponsibilitiesPART TWO-- BEYOND THE BASICSChapter 4- BehaviorChapter 5- Understanding and Accommodating Communication Strategies Teaching Social Skills Sensory StrategiesPART THREE-- TEACHING TECHNIQUES Chapter 6- Teaching Through Activities Play Reading PrepChats©, ActionChats©, and ChoicesChats© Music and MovementChapter 7- Your Teaching ToolboxGoal Setting Appropriate Equipment Predictability Scheduling Coping Strategies Task Analysis Visual SupportsRewards and ReinforcersPeer Helpers Pets are Positive Chapter 8- Sharing Our Strategies Elopement Aggression Random Verbalizations Self-injurious Behaviors Sound Related Issues Issues Caused by Visual Stimuli Problems Caused by Touch Stimuli Body Awareness Problems Balance Problems Smell Related Issues Self-stimulation Anxiety Meltdowns Temper TantrumsPART FOUR -- RESOURCESChapter 9- Tap Your TeamChapter 10- Embrace the ProcessChapter 11- Tap Your SourcesChapter 12- Learn the LingoParting Words

Editorial Reviews

It's No Biggie is a gem. It is an insightful, extremely well-written, well-researched window into a long-neglected area. The book is interesting and practical beyond its target audience of professional educators. It will certainly help me to better serve my pediatric patients and their families. My thanks to Dr. Barboa and Ms. Datema for this important work!Mark Ellis, M.D.It's No Biggie! is an easy-to-read guidebook for teachers who wish to provide a successful learning environment for all of their young children, including those with characteristics of autism. Dr. Linda Barboa and Mary Lou Datema write from an extensive background of experience and their practical strategies will ensure increased growth and development for students in any early childhood classroom.Peggy Reed, Ed.D.Associate Professor of Early Childhood EducationEvangel UniversityThis book should be required reading for all students who are preparing to be teachers. It's No Biggie guides the reader by presenting the teacher's perspective, the parent's perspective, and most importantly, the child's perspective. As a parent, I truly wish this book had been available when my children were in preschool. As an education professional, I believe this book would benefit each and every early childhood teacher who is trying to make her classroom a better experience for all. "No Biggie" is an easy read with practical suggestions to classroom problems.Kristina Heth Speech-Language PathologistAs early childhood educators, we must be prepared to meet the needs of youngsters diagnosed with autism, as well as those with autism not yet identified. It's No Biggie gives us the tools needed to meet the needs of those students and help them reach their maximum potential by providing proven intervention strategies that will reduce the social and language deficits typical of autism. I recommend this book to the seasoned, veteran teacher as well as the new teachers. Thanks to Ms. Datema and Dr. Barboa for meeting a real need by writing this book.Sandy Nicholson Early Childhood Teacher"Although my professional background is in nursing and counseling, I was never educated on autism. It wasn't until one of my own children started slipping away into that unknown world that I quickly became familiar with the disorder. What I wouldn't have given to have had this book at my fingertips during those first few years! We were incredibly blessed with devoted educators and therapists who were always available to answer questions and guide me in my quest to help our child. Not every parent is so fortunate. This book will fill a tremendous void for those desperate to help a child. Whether you are a school teacher, a parent, a preschool teacher, or anyone who works with children...the information the authors have provided is invaluable and a must read. You owe it to the children you encounter each day to make yourself as versed in ASD as possible."Marcia N. Ellis, RN, BSN, MS