The Classroom and Communication Skills Program: Practical Strategies for Educating Young Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Developmental Disabilities in the Public School Setting

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AAPC Publishing, 2008 - Education - 109 pages
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In The Classroom and Communications Skills Program: Practical Strategies for Educating Young Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Developmental Disabilities in the Public School Setting, Megan Ahlers and Colleen Zillich openly share their experience in the classroom and how they developed the CCSP. Created in response to the frustrations of young students attempting to adjust to the classroom, the Classroom and Communications Skills Program is based on the authors' shared belief that the least restrictive environment is a principle, not a place. It is an idea that teaches us to look at the continuum of service or placement options for children. Brimming with effective ways to facilitate the learning of young children who are non-verbal/limited verbal and not table ready in a public school setting, the program emphasizes the importance of creating a fluid continuum between the child's natural environments, including home and school, to increase the chances for generalizing skills.

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The Classroom and Communication Skills Program Overview
Shaping Behavior
Functional Communication Skills
Relationship Development
Functional Play Skills
Assessment of Student Performance
The Classroom Environment
Creating a Solid ParentTeacher Partnership
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About the author (2008)

Megan Ahlers is currently a school administrator. Combining her years of experience as a teacher, program coordinator, and administrator, she spent over 27 years in the field of education and has taught children ranging in age from 3 to 22 years old. Her area of expertise is in early intervention and curricula programming as well as shaping behavior. With her co-author, Colleen H. Zillich, she developed The Classroom and Communication Skills Program, which integrates positive behavioral supports along with a total communication approach to better meet the needs of some young students.Megan has presented at the national, state, and local levels on autism, positive behavioral support, and other effective programming for students who are nonverbal, limited verbal, and/or have limited table readiness skills. Megan received her undergraduate degree in education and her master's degree in special education from Indiana University. She lives with her husband and their three children in Indiana. She enjoys reading, needlepoint and conversation with close friends.Colleen H. Zillich is an early childhood speech-language pathologist specializing in providing inclusive speech therapy services to children who are nonverbal or have limited verbal skills. Colleen is the co-author of The Classroom and Communication Skills Program. She has presented at the local and national level and participates on a local autism resource team by providing consultation and support for students with autism. She has provided speech therapy services to children ages 9 months to 10 years of age. She enjoys working with young children and their families to foster their language development.Colleen received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa in speech and hearing sciences and psychology and her master's degree from Purdue University in speech language pathology with an emphasis on augmentative and alternative communication systems. Colleen and her husband live in Indianapolis. She enjoys traveling, playing with her two dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

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