Excelling With Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice
Excelling with Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice introduces a new way to optimize the progress of learners with ASD. Reaching critical mass helps learners apply information in new ways – spontaneous generalization. This book is about doing things differently to positively impact individuals on the spectrum by supporting the development of critical mass in areas that are necessary for successful functioning in home, work, and community using the research-based elements of deliberate practice.
Excelling with Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice introduces a new way to optimize the progress of learners with ASD. Reaching critical mass helps learners apply information in new ways – spontaneous generalization. This book is about doing things differently to positively impact individuals on the spectrum by supporting the development of critical mass in areas that are necessary for successful functioning in home, work, and community using the research-based elements of deliberate practice. In this book, the four elements of deliberate practice -- developing specific goals, ensuring focus, moving out of the comfort zone, and communicating outcomes -- are applied to teaching social, communication, and daily living skills. Critical mass and the related science of deliberate practice will change the life course of individuals with ASD. Incorporating the elements of deliberate practice is a critical step toward helping individuals with ASD to reach their unlimited potential.
“What distinguishes excellent and autism-friendly teachers is that they know why a certain teaching strategy is a good strategy for learners with autism. This book offers exactly that knowledge and it is therefore indispensable in the library of every setting that has learners with autism” -- Peter Vermeulen, PhD; Co-director of Autisme Centraal, AAPC author, international speaker, and thought leader.
“To excel with autism requires excelling teachers. This book offers teachers the ingredients for excellent and autism-friendly teaching” -- Peter Vermeulen, PhD; Co-director of Autisme Centraal, AAPC author, international speaker, and thought leader.
“This outstanding book serves as a wake-up call to do things differently within autism education in order to change outcomes for individuals with autism. This book one of the most important autism books to ever be written.” -- Kelly Mahler, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist, autism consultant, AAPC author, and international speaker.
According to Lee Stickle, individuals with autism have unlimited potential. Finally, a book that shows how to reach that potential.
We shouldn’t settle for poor outcomes, individuals with autism deserve better. Learn how to help them reach their unlimited potential.
With excellent tools, you get excellent outcomes.
Beyond coping, beyond getting through the day… this book teaches how to help students with autism truly thrive.
Revolutionary concept. Entirely changes the way we teach students with autism. If fully implemented, this book would change the way students with autism are taught from the beginning and with it, the outcomes.
Ruth Aspy, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in transdisciplinary assessment and intervention for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. She is co-author of a comprehensive model of intervention, The Ziggurat Model, which earned the Literary Achievement Award from the Autism Society of America. Dr. Aspy speaks nationally and internationally. She has provided training and consultation throughout the United States and internationally in countries including Greece, Australia, Canada, Trinidad, Spain, Turkey, and Japan. Her focus is on understanding the underlying strengths and characteristics of those with ASD and designing supports and strategies with their neurological/brain differences in mind. Dr. Aspy has co-authored other works including: FBA to Z: Functional Behavior and Intervention Plans for Individuals with ASD; Excelling with Autism: Obtaining Critical Mass Using Deliberate Practice; and Talk With Me; High Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments.
Kerry Mataya, MS, is the Executive Director of Bridgeway Services providing individualized and group intervention-based services in the areas of social development, problem-solving, perspective-taking, academics, self-awareness, behavior regulation, and executive function. She received a Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Autism and Asperger Syndrome from the University of Kansas. Mataya holds many contracts with school systems for individualized teaching, social skills programming, executive functioning skill development, behavior support, and academic support. Most recently, Mataya co-authored Successful Problem-Solving for High-Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and is currently working on additional projects that systemize learning for students with ASD. Mataya has presented at numerous conferences and workshops internationally. She is also involved with Asperger Connection, a small non-profit organization that provides funding to improve the quality of life for high-functioning individuals with ASD.
Hollis Shaffer is a sophomore at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). As a college student, Hollis is pursuing a major in psychology and a career assisting students with HF-ASD. Hollis was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome during his 8th-grade year when he was 14 years old after being misdiagnosed with ADHD for many years. He currently works with Bridgeway Services as an assistant and small group leader during our after-school social groups assisting students with HF-ASD in areas such as conversation, team-building activities, group behavior, and sports. He began working for Bridgeway as an Overnight Camp Counselor during May 2013, but his position has continued to grow. He is currently working on several writing projects and has spoken at numerous conferences around the United States. In addition to working for Bridgeway Services, Hollis enjoys rock climbing, playing chess, Church of the Highlands, reading, and hanging out with family and friends.