Incorporate cool down or relaxation activities into the school day (e.g., yoga, deep breathing).

This website is dedicated to promoting inclusive schooling and exploring positive ways of supporting students with autism and other disabilities. Most of my work involves collaborating with schools to create environments, lessons, and experiences that are inclusive, respectful, and accessible for all learners.

Books and Products

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All In
18 Ways to Create Inclusive Virtual Classrooms

Schools must remain focused on the goal of inclusion, even when students are learning from home. Distance learning poses many obstacles, but it also offers unique opportunities. In some ways, classrooms are more accessible in this format; students can “enter” and “exit” online classes in ways that work best for them and take different types of breaks (e.g., stand to learn, shut off the camera) as needed. They can also respond to teacher questions and prompts in a variety of ways (e.g., verbally, by typing responses into chat boxes, by holding pictures or objects up to the webcam) and access lessons by listening, interacting with peers, or viewing related materials (e.g., teacher-created videos) asynchronously. Further, as you will see throughout this book, there is no shortage of ways students can connect to peers in virtual classrooms.

All In: 18 Ways to Create Inclusive Virtual Classrooms is not an examination of all that is possible in e-learning. Rather, it is meant to be a guide and a starting point for discussion and planning, not only for teaching in virtual spaces but for considering how to bring the learning we acquire in this format back to face-to-face classrooms. This book features stories from parents, community members, administrators, and teachers, as well as tips for making inclusion work for students of all ages. Pick one idea or try them all. Read it, share it, and pass it on.

Universal Design Daily
365 Ways to Teach, Support & Challenge All Learners

Are you:

  • Tired of your same old assessments?
  • Seeking lesson formats that will challenge your students?
  • Looking for apps or websites to make learning more accessible?
  • In need of ideas that will help you collaborate more creatively?
  • Interested in “hacks” you can use to make planning for all more efficient and effective

If you answered “yes” to any or all of these questions, you have chosen the right book to skim; read; re-read; highlight; mark up with pencils, markers, and sticky notes; and share with colleagues! This user-friendly guide will help you learn more about universal design by exploring the practices associated with it. Keeping up with new models, methods, and materials can feel overwhelming. I designed this book for busy educators like you who may not have time to search websites for hours, attend a series of workshops, or read a multi-chapter book cover-to-cover in order to plan effective and appropriately challenging lessons for all students in the diverse classroom. Learn more at


Coaster lives in an animal shelter with many puppies (and a few kittens) who are looking for homes.All the pets know he will be the first of the bunch to be adopted. After all, he has a fine coat, floppy ears, and a shiny nose. Best of all, however, he has wheels--- speedy, spin-y, and somewhat-squeaky wheels!When the people come, however, Coaster is not selected. Days pass and his “perfect person” does not appear. Coaster is so confused: How can everyone pass by such an amazing dog? Doesn’t anyone understand the wonder and beauty of wheels?If you are a dog lover or wheel aficionado (or both), this book is for you.

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30 Days to the Co-taught Classroom
How to Create an Amazing, Nearly Miraculous & Frankly Earth-Shattering Partnership in One Month or Less

Buy 10+ copies and get a free 100+ slide presentation!

In 30 Days to the Co-Taught Classroom, authors Paula Kluth and Julie Causton will teach you all you need to know about collaboration in 30 days. Yes, you read that right! In just 30 days, they will introduce you to the information, competencies and habits you will need to become a great co-teaching partner. The authors will help you get to know your co-teacher, understand each of your roles, improve your planning and co-planning skills, expand the structures you use to teach and support students and even celebrate your accomplishments. Included in this remarkable book are:

  • Tips, Ideas & Suggestions
  • Chapter Reviews & “To Do” Items
  • Worksheets to Help You Plan
  • Templates to Copy & Use
  • Teaching Practices You Will Love
  • Print and Online Resources

Take just 30 days, and change your life - and the lives of all of your students! Learn more at

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From Text Maps to Memory Caps
100 More Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K-12 Inclusive Classrooms

Differentiated instruction is simple and fun with this treasure trove of ready-to-use adaptations for grades K-12. All teachers-especially fans of Kluth & Danaher's From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks-will love the 100 creative NEW ideas in this illustrated guide, perfect for meeting the learning needs of all students in inclusive classrooms. An effective, time-saving way to boost student skills in key areas such as literacy, math, organization, communication, and behavior, these research-based adaptations will strengthen and energize any curriculum.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Joyful Learning- 2nd Edition
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.

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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.

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Pedro's Whale

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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You're Welcome
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.

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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.

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Inclusive Pre-K & Kindergarten:Embracing Student Differences

Preschool and kindergarten classrooms are unique settings that differ from the elementary and high school classrooms students experience at a later age. They are designed to help children learn about learning. In pre-K and kindergarten classrooms, playing, moving, and creating are all integral parts of daily lessons. Teachers are charged with designing learning experiences that keep young students engaged, allow choice and freedom, and connect learners to one another.

Meeting the needs of diverse students in today's early childhood classrooms requires careful and targeted differentiation of curriculum, instruction, learning objectives, and environment. This six-page laminated guide by Paula Kluth and Jaclyn Beljung provides recommendations for creating careful designed and thoughtfully orchestrated inclusive classroom environments for children in pre-K and kindergarten.

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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

Book cover for Paula Kluth's Access to Academics for ALL Students

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.

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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.

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