23 September 2016

High-functioning autism and difficult moments

High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments is a 110-page guide to understanding and managing the meltdowns that sometimes occur when working with an individual on the autism spectrum. Written for parents, educators, and professionals, the book offers strategies to use when meltdowns occur to help reduce their frequency and severity and possibly begin to avoid them.

Understanding what is happening in the brain when a meltdown is triggered can go a long way toward mitigating them, so the book starts with neurological research and the brain. It covers the topics of self-regulation, sensory issues, reinforcement and more. It then goes on to analyze the cycle of meltdowns from the early stages to the last moments. A chapter on functional behavior assessment is included that discusses the iceberg metaphor and the underlying characteristics of autism. More than 40 pages of strategies are offered, and these are broken out into topical areas including instruction, interpretation, coaching, and obstacle removal.

Case studies, tables, and charts are used throughout the book to highlight specific ideas and there is a short summary at the end of each chapter that reiterates the message.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

22 September 2016

Teaching time-management to learners with autism spectrum disorder

Teaching time-management to learners with autism spectrum disorder offers 190 pages of strategies to teach time-management to those on the autism spectrum of any age. The authors, both professors at the East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, point out that teaching time is not the same as teaching time management, and several skills are necessary in combination with each other to successfully manage your time. Time management, the authors say, is a concept that can be taught throughout the lifespan.

The book starts with an overview of time management including its definition and the skills needed to learn and then effectively use the concept. It goes on to describe how time management can be taught throughout the lifespan and covers the different dimensions of time management skills. The fourth chapter specifically highlights some of the characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum that can be challenges to understanding and learning time management, and the fifth chapter breaks down time management over the span of a day. Low-tech and high-technology strategies are offered as well as thoughts on monitoring progress. The book is full of charts, forms, and case studies, and offers learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter and application activities and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

21 September 2016

Don't Miss: Collaborative & Proactive Solutions workshop

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: 
Understanding and Helping Students with 
Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Challenges

November 18, 2016
Westfield, IN

This is the empirically supported model Dr. Ross Greene describes in his influential books, The Explosive Child and Lost at School. The CPS model has transformed thinking and practices in countless schools, inpatient psychiatry units, and residential and juvenile detention facilities, and has been associated with dramatic reductions in disciplinary referrals, detentions, suspensions, seclusions, and physical, chemical and mechanical restraints.

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20 September 2016

Camp Yes And: An Improv Camp for Teens with ASD and Teachers

Staff at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism have published an article on the success of the summer camp co-supported by IRCA and the Center for Education and Lifelong Learning. Camp Yes, And is a one-week session that offers the use of improvisational techniques to help improve the communication skills of teenagers on the autism spectrum.

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19 September 2016

Mobile App Monday - Swaha

Swaha is a great app for creating social stories using your own voice to narrate! Simply take pictures, then in the app, narrate each one and swipe to the next. Young kids can use it, people with autism spectrum disorders, brain injuries or dementia can use it or anyone who might need a little help remembering how to do something.

For more information about this app, please visit:

16 September 2016

Switched on: A memoir of brain change and emotional awakening

Switched On is a 320-page memoir of a man with Asperger's who was given the opportunity to transform his life by way of an experimental brain therapy. This book is an examination of how that therapy changed his brain, his relationships and his ability to empathize.

The author spent his first fifty years with Asperger's working with electronics at music events and then owning a small car repair business while working as a professional photographer. Despite his successes in life, when a scientist from Beth Israel Hospital spoke to him about a study that uses TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) to unlock emotional intelligence, Robison needed to know more. His story is sometimes serious, sometimes laugh-out-loud humorous, and intensely personal.

Want to check it out? Email us at cedir@indiana.edu or use worldcat.org to find it in a library near you.

14 September 2016

Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges Workshop

Register now for All Kids Can Succeed: Effective Interventions for Behavioral and Social Challenges workshop presented by Jed Baker, September 22, 2016, in Newburgh, Indiana.

Sponsored by the Institute’s Indiana Resource Center for Autism in collaboration with Warrick and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, this workshop focuses on strategies to handle meltdowns and design effective behavior plans to prevent these moments and reduce frustration and anxiety. The second part of the presentation details strategies to motivate students to learn, ways to teach social skills, how to generalize skills into the natural setting and increase acceptance and tolerance from peers. Information will be imparted though lecture, interactive exercises, and video clips.

Registration fee is $100.00 per person. For more information and to register, please visit: