Getting to Know Me
A Primer About Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Arlene Dworkin Kaye, M.S., CCC-SLP, BCBA
Illustrated by PJ Pecerilli, Introduction by Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, Ph.D., 2005, 17 pages.
This booklet is a unique and worthwhile resource for staff working in educational, medical, or recreational venues, new to the world of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Classroom teachers and support staff who are beginning to include students on the spectrum will find it particularly helpful. Illustrated by a 16 year old with Asperger's Syndrome, it offers a core of worthwhile information in areas of communication, behavior, and support strategies, without reading like a "textbook". The author's positive and sensitive style will guide the reader towards a better understanding of the needs, challenges and strengths of children with ASD's. Strategies recommended are both practical and empirically sound. A comprehensive and thoughtfully composed listing of websites and reading materials, is also included.
"If Arlene Kaye's booklet is one of your earliest explorations of the topic, it will start you off in the proper direction. You will begin to discover what having the condition may well feel like for those with ASD and what can be done to help these children over the barriers that inevitably stand in their way. Kaye also sets you off on your own path of further discovery by providing you with many valuable resources. I'm wagering that this reading will be only the beginning of a long, fruitful adventure as you expand your own store of information about ASD."
- Beth Sulzer-Azaroff, Ph.D
Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
"This little booklet does an excellent job efficiently dissecting the abstract problems related to autism spectrum disorders and providing clear concrete suggestions on what teachers can do to promote effective teaching and active learning. It does its job well by pointing teachers in the right direction without overwhelming them with too much information, motivating them to want to learn more through other resources."
- Michelle Garcia Winner, SLP,
Social Thinking Clinic, San Jose, CA
"In the realm. of inclusive programming, one of the biggest barriers to full success is the lack of understanding and knowledge on the part of the regular education teacher. Too often, sterile lectures and trainings present this disability with an impersonal profile; but this book adds the human touch that is so needed to understand the individual child housed inside the disability. Understanding the child is essential to realizing the potential of students with autism. This book will certainly help with that understanding."
- Sheila Wagner, M.Ed.
Emory Autism Resource Center