Books and Products
Don't We Already Do Inclusion:
100 Ways to Improve Inclusive Schools
Are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you feel like you have tried everything to create change in your school? Do you want to “sharpen the saw” and become reenergized as an advocate or educator? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then this is the book for you!
Don’t We Already Do Inclusion? is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on change itself and, more specifically, on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. The activities, examples, and illustrations are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are free or low cost, and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders—including students and families. Learn tried and true techniques, as well as out-of-the box solutions such as involving traditional and social media, “shrinking” the change, phoning for help, advertising, and writing your way to progress.
You're Going to Love this Kid!:
A Professional Development Package for Teaching Students With Autism in the Inclusive Classroom
What if your school just said "yes" to inclusion?
How would students with and without autism benefit? How would you solve the challenges? What do great inclusive schools really look like? Paula Kluth has the answers and now they're on one powerful DVD that will help make your school an inclusion success story.
Paula Kluth brings together more than a dozen of her colleagues for this complete professional development package on effective inclusion. Hosted by Paula and expanding on key lessons from her bestselling books and popular presentations, the 55-minute professional development video walks you through the what, why, and how of honoring and supporting all learners. Through clips of real teachers in successful inclusive classrooms and interviews with educators, administrators, a parent, and students, you'll discover practical ways to:
- differentiate instruction
- nurture students' social skills through peer supports
- improve school culture so all students are welcomed and included
- individualize objectives and standards
- make the most of each student's gifts and interests
- use positive behavior supports
- presume competence
- strengthen partnerships between schools and families
- co-teach effectively
An ideal professional development resource for experienced educators and preservice teachers in K 12 classrooms, this package also includes a concise Facilitator's Guide with sample professional development plans, helpful summaries of teaching strategies, more tips from educators, thought-provoking questions for group discussion, and practical forms and checklists to evaluate practices and plan supports.
You're Going to Love this Kid!:
Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom
A guide to understanding students with autism and including them fully in the classroom. Includes specific ideas for enhancing literacy; planning challenging, multidimensional lessons; supporting student behavior; connecting, communicating, and collaborating; fostering friendships; and adapting the physical environment.
From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks:
100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Classrooms
This one-of-a-kind book proves that designing differentiated instruction can be simple and fun! Packed with creative adaptation ideas like fidget bags, doodle notes, and choice boards, this book gives K-12 educators 100 teacher-designed, kid-tested strategies they can use to meet the needs of all students in inclusive classrooms.
Everyone in the classroom will benefit from this timely, ultra-practical guidebook the go-to resource for any teacher who has ever had a doubt that differentiated instruction can be simple and fun!
Active and Collaborative Learning in Inclusive Classrooms
Offering all students opportunities for successful learning experiences, this is ideal for K–12 inclusive classrooms and learners with a wide range of abilities, including cultural or linguistic differences. The authors present techniques for using differentiation, active learning, and personalized instruction that enable teachers to use sound teaching practices and engage students in discussion, debate, creative thinking, questioning, teamwork, and collaborative learning.
Just Give Him the Whale!:
15 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism
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.
Based on the real-life event that inspired Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz's bestselling Just Give Him the Whale!, this simple but powerful story introduces educators to one of the best, most effective inclusion strategies: using students fascinations to help them learn.
An ideal teaching tool, Pedro's Whale will inspire educators to harness their students natural motivations. The engaging, full-color illustrations (by Justin Canha, a gifted artist on the autism spectrum) also make this book perfect for storytime, so all children can increase their sensitivity to peers with special needs and learning differences.
A Land We Can Share:
Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism
This guidebook brings cutting-edge literacy concepts to special educators who are already familiar with autism but may not have specific training in teaching reading skills and is an essential "literacy meets autism" primer for general educators and reading specialists. For all readers, the book underscores the ways in which literacy can help every learner achieve a more fulfilling, rich, and inclusive academic life.
The Autism Checklist:
A Practical Reference for Parents and Teachers
The newest edition to the Jossey-Bass Checklist series, this useful, accessible guide offers teachers and parents a better understanding of children on the autism spectrum and provides them with the kinds of support and intervention they need. Written in an easy-to-read checklist format, the book is filled with up-to-date research, practical advice, and helpful resources on a wide range of topics.
The book covers five areas: basic information on autism, checklists for parents, checklists for teachers, effective support strategies, and helpful resources.
A is for "All Aboard"
The first alphabet book created with children with autism in mind, A Is for All Aboard! is the perfect way to foster literacy using children's fascinations. An ideal complement to Kluth & Chandler-Olcott's A Land We Can Share. Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism, this one-of-a-kind book is all about trains, one of the most popular interests of children with autism. Filled with vibrant, engaging, and uncluttered, art, the book is written for children of all reading levels, with vocabulary ranging from basic concepts (bridge) to special train jargon (idler car, monorail). Sure to captivate children with autism and any young train enthusiast this book will help kids of all ages improve their literacy skills as they learn the ABCs of one of their favorite topics. Complete with helpful teaching tips for educators and parents.
30 Innovative Ideas for the Inclusive Classroom
Co-authored with Dr. Patrick Schwarz, this is a collection of three micro-books that can be used as a reference for any general or special educator (or therapist, administrator, or parent). The ideas apply to teachers in any grade level who need to cover the curriculum but also want to personalize the educational experience for all students in their classrooms and make learning enjoyable. We include suggestions for positive behavior supports, effective collaboration, and differentiating instruction.
Teaching Students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome in the Inclusive Classroom
Increasingly, special and general education teachers are collaborating in inclusive settings to educate students with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. Furthermore, educators are finding that the differentiation of instruction for these students often results in better outcomes for all. This laminated reference guide, written by Paula Kluth, author of You're Going to Love This Kid and noted presenter/consultant on topics of Autism Spectrum Disorder, provides a wide range of ideas for differentiating lessons, addressing behavior, fostering relationships, handling transitions and adapting the general education classroom for those students who present with the characteristics of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. It includes essential information on the teaching of literacy and math, as well as tips to assist with homework. Valuable website/media/print resources are also provided.
Literacy Instruction for Inclusive Classrooms
This laminated reference guide written by renowned authors, Paula Kluth and Kelly Chandler-Olcott, provides valuable information on how to enhance literacy instruction for all students within inclusive classroom environments. Packed with practical strategies, this guide addresses topics such as: selecting formal literacy assessments, supporting family literacy, building a library in your diverse classroom, designing literacy stations for all students, involving collaborators in literacy instruction, making the most of peer support, adapting the read aloud, differentiating literature circles, developing reading fluency, and much, much more
Access to Academics for ALL Students
A text calling to teachers in diverse, inclusive schools to move beyond facilitating social participation in classroom activities and to consider ways to intellectually engage ALL learners. The book draws on emerging work linking critical theory with disability issues; work being done in curriculum studies around issues of social justice teaching, authentic instruction, service learning, and critical pedagogy; and the movement in the field of special education away from a deficit-driven model of education to an orientation that values students' strengths and gifts.
We Thought You'd Never Ask: Voices of People With Autism (DVD)
In this revealing documentary, you will meet Barbara, Stephen, Kathy, Jamie, Sue, & Jenn, six adults with autism labels. They address questions such as “What is autism?”; “What is good about autism?”; “What is hard about autism?”; and “What is support?” and provide answers that are touching, revealing, and often unexpected. These six individuals communicate in compelling and often humorous ways their views on issues ranging from sensory problems, to communication needs, to the celebration of special interests.
The purpose of this film is to communicate a message about personal power, agency, and voice. Too often, in the fields of autism and disability, we look only to the medical, teaching, or therapeutic communities for answers, insight, and guidance. These individuals and their powerful words illustrate why the “autism experts” we need to listen to and learn from, above all others, are those who live with the autism label.