Equipping you with the knowledge and tools to become an effective case manager for your child, this book provides straightforward, practical instructions to create a comprehensive guide to your child's unique ASD profile. The individualized guide will:
- Provide information about your child's unique profile for anyone who needs it
- Serve as a toolbox and teaching template for your child's teachers and support team, with effective strategies to use with him or her
- Be an instruction booklet for your child, helping him or her to thrive at home, school and in the community
- Act as a case management road map to help you support your child and collaborate with teachers and service providers.
The book includes checklists and worksheets, which can also be accessed online, so that you can easily create a personalized guide for your child with autism aged 5-14.
Cornelia Pelzer Elwood is mother to two sons, one of whom has Asperger's Syndrome. She received her BA from Vanderbilt University, trained as a life coach and earned a Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders from Antioch University New England. She has many years of experience collaborating with her son's providers and interacting closely with his schools. She is based in the Boston area of Massachusetts, USA. D. Scott McLeod, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Aspire Program, Clinical Instructor of Psychology for Harvard Medical School, and Clinical Psychologist for individuals with ASD and their families in his private practice in Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University.
About the Authors. Acknowledgments. A Note on Terminology. Foreword by Shonda Schilling. Preface. Introduction. Part I. What You Need to Know Before Using the Tools. 1. Embrace Your Case Manager Role. 2. Our Approach: How to Use This Book. Part II: Tools. 3. Understanding Your Child's Unique Profile. 4. Collaboration and Communication. 5. Routines and Schedules. 6. Behavioral Expectations. 7. Important Adults. 8. Managing Crises and Emotions. 9. Navigating Transitions and Changes. 10. Promoting Independence. 11. Pulling it Together. Conclusion. References. Recommended Resources.