For students with autism spectrum disorders, problems with
flexibility and goal-directed behavior can be a major obstacle to
success in school and in life. But flexibility and goal-setting can
be taught just like any other skill and this how-to manual equips
professionals with simple, real-world ways to help students with
ASD develop this critical aspect of executive function.A
classroom-based intervention approach for high-functioning students
ages 8 11, this innovative guide gives special educators and other
service providers ready-to-use lessons that promote cognitive and
behavioral flexibility in everyday situations, from compromising
with peers to handling schedule changes. Developed by a
multidisciplinary team of researchers and front-line professionals,
the 27 lessons in "Unstuck and On Target!"
- are tested and proven. Students in field tests reported clear
benefits, including increased ability to compromise and focus on
- reflect the learning style of students with ASD. Explicit,
step-by-step routines, activities, and scripts build on the natural
strengths of students with ASD and ensure that they make
- target specific skills every student needs to learn more
effectively, participate successfully in the classroom, reduce
stress, get along with others, set and achieve goals, problem
solve, complete tasks independently, and more.
- free up teacher time. Educators will spend less time supporting
students with flexibility challenges and more time on
- fit easily into any curriculum. Lessons are easy to use and
don't require extensive planning.
- make learning fun, with engaging games, role-plays, stories,
and lively class discussions.
- ensure generalization. Take-home worksheets for each lesson
strengthen the home-school connection and help students transfer
their new flexibility skills to other settings.
Ready for any professional to pick up and use, this complete guide
gives users clear instructions, materials lists, and modifications
for each lesson, plus invaluable Teacher Intervention Tips that
help general educators reinforce the lessons throughout the school
day. And with the included CD-ROM, it's easy to print all of the
game cards, student worksheets, and other materials needed to
conduct the lessons.With this effective, user-friendly approach to
executive function intervention, students with ASD will develop the
flexibility skills they need to reach their goals, enjoy healthy
relationships, and succeed in school and in the community.Help
students with ASD
- handle unexpected events
- cope with disappointment and frustration
- keep an open mind
- navigate disagreements with friends
- set and achieve goals
- distinguish a "big deal" from a "little deal"
- learn how to compromise
- create a Plan B when Plan A doesn't work
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