128 pages, 6 x 9
Teaching at Home
A New Approach to Tutoring Children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
By Olga Holland
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
'This book offers inspiration and encouragement for parents of children with Autism or Asperger syndrome who are considering home schooling their children, and also provides useful pointers for teachers and carers.'- Link: Autism Europe'In this resource for parents, Holland describes an approach to teaching children with autism and Asperger syndrome that she developed with her own son, Billy (who now participates in a gifted and talented program). She offers practical advice on such issues as understanding body language, adapting the teaching environment, devising homework schedules, and coping with distractions.'- Book NewsFaced with the apparent inability of her autistic son Billy to learn and socialize with other children at school, Olga Holland decided to teach him at home.Where traditional educational approaches had produced limited results, the author's own method of teaching succeeded, over a period of two years, in enabling Billy to pass the test that allowed him to enter a class for gifted children.Teaching at Home explains the author's approach, focused on adapting to the demands of Billy's atypical mind and respecting his vivid imaginative world while attracting and retaining his attention. The author describes her use of sensory and memory techniques, social stories and humour, and gives useful advice on issues such as understanding body language, adapting the teaching environment, devising homework schedules and coping with distractions.This book offers inspiration and encouragement for parents of children with autism or Asperger Syndrome who are considering homeschooling their children, and also provides useful pointers for teachers and carers.
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Olga Holland was born in the former Soviet Union, where she was trained as an economist. Due to her insistence on exercising her constitutional rights as a Soviet citizen, she was labelled a political dissident, and in 1986 the authorities suggested that she emigrate. She moved to the US, where she married and had two children. Her son, Billy, born in 1993, was diagnosed as autistic when he was four years old. He now attends mainstream school with an aide, and is in a public school class for gifted and talented children. Olga is the author of The Dragons of Autism, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Introduction. Prologue. PART I: The Journey to the Aristotle School. 1. Billy grows up. 2. Face to face with autism. 3. Making the decision. 4. The deal with the district. 5. Setting up a school at home. 6. Homework. PART II: Adjusting to a Non-Typical World. 7. In the debris of two minds. 8. Where are you, Billy? 9. Are you with me? 10. Minding the "D" words. 11. Eye language. 12. Body language. 13. Attention! PART III: A Teacher's Strategies. 14. Connecting the world. 15. On acquiring knowledge. 16. Remember? 17. The five-senses approach. 18. English as a step-language. 19. Every person has a story. PART IV: Afterthoughts and Milestones. 20. In search of humor. 21. Why Aristotle? 22. Milestones. Epilogue.
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