Peterborough, Canada (PressExposure) January 11, 2009 -- Living and working in "the trenches" of special education, Jennifer Krumins writes two powerful books that reach the hearts and minds of parents and educators that are striving to improve the lives of individuals with autism. Written by a mother and a teacher of children with autism, these books are for those who need help planning an individualized, authentic and meaningful classroom program for a student with autism based on sound science and experience. "Parents and educators are having to work more collabortively than ever before to educate their children."
Autism is becoming a household name in North America! With the incidence of this neuro-biological disability rising from 1 in 10,000 births 15 years ago to 1 in 150 births in 2008, autism has heralded the attention of media, governments and communities with force in the last five years! Families, education systems ad community agencies are reeling with the challenge of helping individuals with autism reach higher levels of independence and happiness.
"As a consultant, public speaker and educator, it is my mission to inspire, challenge and motivate those who work with and parent individuals with autism! There's is a heavy load and I need to help to lighten it!"
Jennifer has researched and written American and Canadian versions of the following books:
Been There. Done That. Finally Getting it Right. A Guide to Educational Planning for Students with Autism: Lessons from a Mother and Teacher.
One Step at a Time: ABA and Autism in the Classroom; Practical Strategies for Implementing Applied Behaviour Analysis for Student with Autism
She prides herself on providing personal, down to earth, common sense advice that she has gained through research and hands on experience as a mother and a teacher of individuals with autism. The books' promise: A comprehensive account of what autism might look like in the classroom and practical strategies about how we can teach to these core deficits
Answers to: "What is this thing called an IEP? What's the point of an IEP? And does it really matter?
Answers to: "How do I implement ABA in the classroom? What is ABA???
A personal account of the perspective of a teacher and a mother in educating a student with autism
Ideas about how work in collaboration as a team
An explanation in "non jargon" terms of really important terms that will be a part of educational planning and programming
A detailed inventory of what needs to be in an Individual Education Plan for a student with autism and how to incorporate ABA specifically
An extensive list of possible accommodations, modifications and possible goals and objectives
A detailed but easy to read description of specific facets of Applied Behaviour Analysis and how they can be used in your regular classroom
A whole section that is devoted to creating truly effective transition plans
Documents that help you to plan before during and after an IEP meeting to make sure that your input is relevant and constructive
Sample forms for data collection and skill tracking AND MUCH MORE!
What an amazing resource. I'm respectfully asking for permission to add this book to my list of resources for my special education students. Jen, this is a must read! You brought a face to this exceptionality. You not only described the symptomology with textbook expertise, you put us in the shoes of this child and his parents! You perfectly balanced a teacher's, mother's, father's and child's perspective of life with ASD. It is not a lament but an ACTION PLAN! Where else is a parent of a child with ASD going to get this? I've read so many books espousing the virtues of parental involvement but yours offers real hope by giving parents (and teachers) a plan! The piece about Authentic IEP development is gold! This book is an actual recipe for parent-teacher collaboration... I love this body of work. It is truly a helpful resource." Dan Loreto, Special Education Course Instructor, Nipissing University, Northern Team Coordinator for Trillium Demonstration School
"I loved it...your book is in written in both parent and classroom teacher friendly language. The explanations and real life examples... make it a great teacher tool regardless of whether you are working with a child with autism or not. It gives a great balance of the perspective of the parent and the teacher perspective and wonderful suggestions as to how to nurture that critical relationship in our efforts to provide necessary supports. I love the templates, especially the one to go home to initiate the IEP. As a principal, I will use this book over and over to support staff in the yearly process of creating their IEP's... You have created a wonderfully touching book that will be SO valuable to many teachers and parents who want to do the right things, but don't have the insight (understanding) necessary or the tools - you gave us both! I think this should be a must read at least for special education teachers, but I think that all teachers and all parents of children with Autism and of course all administrators, should read it. I read it this evening so it doesn't take long. It is full of strategies, resources, experiences, explanations, etc. and was well worth my time."Karen Principal, B.Ed., MA Fort Assiniboine School
Finally! Resources that are made to order!