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Autism in the School-Aged Child: Expanding Behavioral Strategies and Promoting Success. Carol Schmidt & Beth Heybyrne, $30.95

Autism in the School-Aged Child is a practical book of strategies designed for both parents and educators. It brings the established principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) to the natural settings of the classroom and the home.


Behavior Support for Students with ASD: Practical Help for 10 Common Challenges. Debra Leach, $53.50

When students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) engage in challenging behavior, how can teachers best respond? This practical guidebook shows you how to address ten of the most common classroom behavior challenges — from following directions to handling transitions — with skill, insight, and compassion. Help students who struggle with:

  • Following directions
  • Engaging during group instruction
  • Working independently
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Aggressive behaviors
  • Working with partners and groups
  • Attempting unfamiliar or difficult tasks
  • Engaging in non-preferred tasks
  • Transitions
  • Shouting out

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Exploring Feelings for Young Children with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Disorder. Angela Scarpa, Anthony Wells & Tony Attwood, $39.95

Young children with autism have particular difficulty in understanding and controlling their emotions, especially when those emotions are negative. This practical manual for professionals provides a set of simple strategies to help children with high-functioning autism or Asperger's syndrome who suffer from mood difficulties to decrease negative feelings and increase positive feelings in daily life.

Using a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach, The Stress and Anger Management Program (STAMP) is designed specifically for young children in their pre-school and early school years. The book outlines a 9-session group program using methods, games and activities that are developmentally appropriate. Treatment components include affective education, cognitive restructuring, social and group stories, and the emotional toolbox. The group therapy can be tailored for individual therapy when needed. A parental component is also included to support practice at home and promote generalization outside of the classroom or therapy setting.


A "5" Could Make Me Lose Control! An Activity-Based Method for Evaluating and Supporting Highly Anxious Students. Kari Dunn Buron, $33.95

Using this self-contained product, the student literally sorts cards describing highly stressful situations into colorful pockets designating stress levels, ranging from 5-1, as a first step in changing the way he thinks about and responds to emotions such as anxiety, sadness and anger. A laminated erasable page and blank cards enable parents and teachers to individualize this innovative program. Suggestions for how to include it as part of a functional behavior assessment and a problem-solving activity are included.

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Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism: Making Sense of Seemingly Senseless Behavior, 2nd Edition. Beth Glasberg & Robert LaRue, $29.50

Parents and professionals caring for people with autism sometimes encounter baffling, challenging behavior — noncompliance, aggression, or repetitive actions — which they don’t know how to stop. The key to resolving problem behavior is to first determine its purpose by conducting a functional behavior assessment (FBA).

In this second edition updated with new research, case studies, and anecdotes, the authors explain how clinicians conduct FBAs: measuring behavior; observing behavior and collecting data; testing the hypothesis about the behavior's function. As well, there's new material about how to do FBAs outside of clinical settings — at school, in the community, and at home — making this strategy more accessible to parents and teachers in daily life.


High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, and Related Personalities. Mike Paget & Kim “Tip” Frank, $23.50 (K-12)

This guidebook is for educators helping young people to maximize strengths and manage weaknesses, in preparation for life beyond school and home.


High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Reducing Meltdowns. Brenda Smith Myles & Ruth Aspy, $30.95

This book offers tried-and-true solutions to minimize and circumvent the often frightening circumstances that surround the rage cycle, not only for the child with high-functioning autism, but others in the environment as well. A highly practical and user-friendly resource,  High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments focuses on the reactions of the adults around the child. The authors take the reader through the stages of the rage cycle and emphasize the importance of utilizing the teachable moments before and after a rage episode.

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Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students. Ross Greene, $32.95

Lost and Found is a follow-up to Dr. Ross Greene's landmark works, The Explosive Child and Lost at School, providing educators with highly practical, explicit guidance on implementing his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Problem Solving model with behaviorally-challenging students. While the first two books described Dr. Greene's positive, constructive approach and described implementation on a macro level, this useful guide provides the details of hands-on CPS implementation by those who interact with these children every day. Readers will learn how to incorporate students' input in understanding the factors making it difficult for them to meet expectations and in generating mutually satisfactory solutions. Specific strategies, sample dialogues, and time-tested advice help educators implement these techniques immediately.

The groundbreaking CPS approach has been a revelation for parents and educators of behaviorally-challenging children. This book gives educators the concrete guidance they need to immediately begin working more effectively with these students.

  • Implement CPS one-on-one or with an entire class
  • Work collaboratively with students to solve problems
  • Study sample dialogues of CPS in action
  • Change the way difficult students are treated

The discipline systems used in K-12 schools are obsolete, and aren't working for the kids to whom they're most often applied — those with behavioral challenges. Lost and Found provides a roadmap to a different paradigm, helping educators radically transform the way they go about helping their most challenging students.


Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Geoff Colvin & Martin Sheehan, $21.95

This practitioner-friendly guide provides special and general education teachers of autistic students with a six-phase positive behavior support model that includes interventions for each phase. Outlining practical steps for preventing and responding to the various phases of meltdown behavior in students with autism spectrum disorder, you’ll find:

  • An overview of ASD
  • Examples of meltdown behavior
  • Common triggers
  • Addressing sensory issues
  • Establishing expectations and rules
  • Collaborating with parents
  • And much more

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Martian in the Playground: Understanding the Schoolchild with Asperger's Syndrome, Revised Edition. Clare Sainsbury, $48.95

This award winning book illuminates what it means to be a person who has Asperger’s Syndrome by providing a window into a unique and particular world. Drawing on her own experience of schooling, and of a network of friends and correspondents who share her way of thinking and responding, Clare Sainsbury reminds us of the potential for harm education holds for those who do not "fit in".

This book holds insights that take us beyond the standard guidance on how to manage autistic spectrum disorder. It challenges the way we might handle obsessive behavior. It invites us to celebrate the pure passion of the intellect, which such obsessions can represent, and to recognize the delight which can be experienced by children who love to collect. It reminds us that many of the autistic mannerisms we might try to suppress actually help the child to think. This revised edition includes an additional introduction and extensive summary of research in the field of Asperger’s Syndrome, both by Tony Attwood.


Moment to Moment: a Positive Approach to Managing Classroom Behavior. Joey Mandel, $24.95

Insightful and empowering, this book is based on the premise that some children need extra help and patience in developing social skills. It shows teachers how to build on these crucial skills, ranging from the ability to control speech and movement, through improving attention and concentration, to the ability to adapt to the social environment of the classroom. It gives teachers the tools to help children develop stronger character and emotional well-being, to give them the skills they need to deal with the emotional challenges they meet in school. Classroom games and activities to teach and support all students in key social skills and engagement complement this important book.

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No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming: How to Make Behaving Positively Possible for People with Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Bo Hejlskov Elvén, $24.95

Fighting, biting, screaming and other behaviours that challenge the people dealing with them are often triggered by unsuitable surroundings or unrealistic demands. In this fresh and effective approach, Bo Hejlskov Elvén explains how to reassess difficult situations and offers easy and effective strategies for eliciting positive responses without resorting to restraint and punishment.

Based on the successful low-arousal approach, it is a proven method of stepping away from distress and towards calm, improving the quality of life of everyone involved. Helpful examples covering a wide range of developmental disabilities from autism to Down's Syndrome illustrate the positive changes that can be achieved.


No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. Jed Baker, $19.50

Meltdowns are stressful for both child and adult. Author of the award-winning Social Skills Picture Book series, Dr. Jed Baker offers parents and teachers strategies for understanding, preventing and managing meltdowns. His 20+ years of experience working with children on the autism spectrum, combined with his personal experiences raising his own children, have yielded time-tested strategies, and results.


Positive Strategies for Students with Behavior Problems. Daniel Crimmins, Anne Farrell, Philip Smith & Alison Bailey, $44.50

This research-based and practical manual has effective solutions for educators from grades K–12. Developed specifically for use with children with persistent or severe behavior problems, this book introduces educators to the systematic Positive Strategies method, which helps teachers understand why behaviors persist, prevent problem behavior, and replace challenging behaviors with better alternatives.

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Prevent, Teach, Reinforce: the School-Based Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support. Glen Dunlap, et al, $66.50 (K to 8)

Developed by some of the most respected authorities on positive behavior support, this innovative model gives school-based teams a five-step plan for reducing problems unresolved by typical behavior management strategies. With this thorough blueprint, education professionals will learn how to prevent behavior problems by adjusting the curriculum and environment; teach proactive communication skills; and reinforce pro-social behavior and academic achievement. Includes a CD-ROM with all the printable forms and tools needed, such as Behavior Support Plan templates and a Functional Behavioral Assessment.


Remember Your Manners. Jo Browning Wroe, $21.95

Reproducible stories and teaching posters, activities, role play ideas, and guided questions for teaching social skills and manners to children ages five and up. The book includes stories and activities about:

Those important magic words • making and keeping friends • meet-and-greet manners • good sportsmanship • honesty and truth-telling • learning to be responsible • learning to show respect • learning self-control • understanding your feelings • and more …


School Success for Kids with Autism. Andrew Egel, Katherine Holman & Christine Barthold, $22.95

By outlining the best practices found in today's classrooms, SCHOOL SUCCESS FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM describes how parents and teachers can work together to create nurturing, supportive, and effective classroom environments from preschool to high school. This book covers topics such as understanding how schools define autism; helping students make transitions between teachers, schools, and grade levels; finding the best instructional strategies and supports for inclusive classrooms; helping kids with homework; selecting curriculum; and providing interventions in the home to help develop needed skills.

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Strategies at Hand: Quick and Handy Positive Behavior Support Strategies. Robin Brewer & Tracy Mueller, $21.50

For ease of use, the various sections of this handy reference are divided by colors and intensity of needs.  It also provides a wide range of behavioral supports divided into Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Interventions, and can be easily used by moving from the universal to targeted and finally intensive level of support based on the student's need. In addition to practical suggestions for each level, Strategies at Hand provides a quick overview of how to conduct a functional behavioral assessment, collect data and much more. With this flip-book at their fingertips, teachers will never again have to search for effective behavior management strategies.


Stuck! Strategies. Janice Carroll & Terry Ellis Izraelevitz, $27.50

What to do when students get stuck — how to turn "no" into "let's go" with proactive, positive, supportive and effective strategies. It doesn't get much better than that!


Successful Problem-Solving for High-Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kerry Mataya & Penney Owens, $20.95

Many individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have difficulty coming up with effective ways to solve problems. SUCCESSFUL PROBLEM-SOLVING FOR STUDENTS WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS teaches how to integrate the book's problem-solving chart into classrooms, homes, and social skills groups to help individuals with ASD to learn to problem solve effectively. The book uses The Incredible 5-Point Scale as a resource to get individuals in the right frame of mind.

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Taming The Data Monster: Collecting and Analyzing Classroom Data to Improve Student Progress. Christine Reeve & Susan Kabot, $40.95

Faced with increasing demands for accountability, teachers are having to base their instructional decisions and choice of interventions on data on student performance. This book shows how to make this otherwise daunting task much more manageable by means of case studies and countless evidence-based forms and graphs. Although this book often refers to students and classrooms, the data collection techniques are applicable to a wide range of environments, including clinics, job-training and actual job sites, and homes.  In addition, the data collection tools and procedures are relevant for use with a wide range of ages, from toddlers to adults.


A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible. Lauren Kerstein, $24.95

This picture book assists children on the autism spectrum, and any child for that matter, in examining their black-and-white thinking in order to begin to think more flexibly — rainbow thinking. Using repeated rhymes and illustrations, the child begins to recognize that the more flexible his thinking is, the better he is able to cope with the challenges that life inevitably brings, ultimately, leading to fewer tantrums and meltdowns.

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Complete Booklist

Achieving Best Behavior for Children with Developmental Disabilities: a Step-by-Step Workbook for Parents and Carers. Pamela Lewis, $24.95

Addressing the Challenging Behavior of Children with High-Functioning Autism/Asperger Syndrome in the Classroom. Rebecca Moyes, $32.95

Autism in the School-Aged Child: Expanding Behavioral Strategies and Promoting Success. Carol Schmidt & Beth Heybyrne, $30.95

Behavior Support for Students with ASD: Practical Help for 10 Common Challenges. Debra Leach, $53.50

Exploring Feelings for Young Children with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Disorder. Angela Scarpa, Anthony Wells & Tony Attwood, $39.95

A "5" Could Make Me Lose Control! An Activity-Based Method for Evaluating and Supporting Highly Anxious Students. Kari Dunn Buron, $33.95

Functional Behavior Assessment for People with Autism: Making Sense of Seemingly Senseless Behavior, 2nd Edition. Beth Glasberg & Robert LaRue, $29.50

High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, and Related Personalities. Mike Paget & Kim “Tip” Frank, $23.50 (K-12)

High-Functioning Autism and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Reducing Meltdowns. Brenda Smith Myles & Ruth Aspy, $30.95

Individualized Supports for Students with Problem Behaviors: Designing Positive Behavior Plans. Linda M. Bambara & Lee Kern, $64.95

Learning and Behavior Problems in Asperger Syndrome. Margot Prior (ed), $30.50

Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students. Ross Greene, $32.95

Managing the Cycle of Meltdowns for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Geoff Colvin & Martin Sheehan, $21.95

Martian in the Playground: Understanding the Schoolchild with Asperger's Syndrome, Revised Edition. Clare Sainsbury, $48.95

Moment to Moment: a Positive Approach to Managing Classroom Behavior. Joey Mandel, $24.95

No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-of-Control Behavior. Jed Baker, $19.50

Positive Strategies for Students with Behavior Problems. Daniel Crimmins, Anne Farrell, Philip Smith & Alison Bailey, $38.95

Prevent, Teach, Reinforce: the School-Based Model of Individualized Positive Behavior Support. Glen Dunlap, et al, $66.50 (K to 8)

Remember Your Manners. Jo Browning Wroe, $21.95

School Success for Kids with Autism. Andrew Egel, Katherine Holman & Christine Barthold, $22.95

Solving Behavior Problems in Autism: Improving Communication with Visual Strategies. Linda Hodgdon, $60.95

Strategies at Hand: Quick and Handy Positive Behavior Support Strategies. Robin Brewer & Tracy Mueller, $21.50

Stuck! Strategies. Janice Carroll & Terry Ellis Izraelevitz, $27.50

Successful Problem-Solving for High-Functioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Kerry Mataya & Penney Owens, $20.95

Taming The Data Monster: Collecting and Analyzing Classroom Data to Improve Student Progress. Christine Reeve & Susan Kabot, $40.95

A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism. Beth Fouse & Maria Wheeler, $53.95

A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching: How to Make My Thinking More Flexible. Lauren Kerstein, $24.95

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For related titles, see our booklists on:

Autism Professional Resources; Asperger Syndrome Resources for Professionals; Developmental Disabilities in the Classroom; Children with Behaviour Challenges; Special Needs Teacher Resources List

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