Dr. Heather MacKenzie

Reaching and Teaching Children with Autism and other Special Needs

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Reaching and Teaching the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Reaching and Teaching the Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Using Learning Preferences and Strengths

Heather MacKenzie

Paperback:  $28.95

2008, 246mm x 173mm / 10in x 7in, 272pp

ISBN: 978-1-84310-623-4

 
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Reviews of Reaching and Teaching:
Positive About Autism™ March 2009 Newsletter – Reaching and Teaching The Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Heather MacKenzie. This book takes a really positive look at the learning style of children on the autism spectrum. It’s jam packed with really great ideas for using interests and learning preferences as a springboard to effective learning. The key ingredients of programme planning are explored in terms of style, content and delivery. Worth £15.99 of anyone’s money!
5 stars out of 55 average rating – An effective way to communicate more with Autistic Children – January 4, 2009. By Yasmin878 from Malta on TES Connect in the UK.
No matter how much I read about autism there is always something new that has been discovered and various tried and tested methods which focus mainly on generalised outcomes. Children who are born with an Autism Spectrum disorder see, hear, feel the world around them differently. One particular thing that I appreciated in this book is the readability, variety of examples and ideas that can be adopted to work and live with autistic children. You can never use certain methods with everybody since you get different outcomes sometimes, even undesirable ones. I have tried and tested some examples from the Learning Preferences and Strengths (LPS) model and have had a positive response… The LPS model is not just another method to deal with autistic children but a collection of theories related to personality, multiple intelligences and mediated learning moulded to create a better communication tool… The various examples which portray mini case studies are extremely useful as they provide a better understanding of what might happen by adopting a strategy. By using a strategy I’m not referring to extreme complicated theories but by using everyday objects to utilise the strengths and weaknesses of the child to obtain the desired or planned outcome… I suggest that this book should be purchased by educators, parents and relatives of an autistic child as it focuses on the positivity of Autism rather than the difficulties this condition might bring. A great deal of talking is done and very little is worked out from what is said. This book does a lot of positive and practical working. Also, there is a list of free internet resources!
5.0 out of 5 stars Using a broad spectrum of proven autism teaching skills to reach kids hitherto deemed ‘unreachable’, November 16, 2008
Educators and parents alike will find Reaching and Teaching the Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder a fine approach to educating kids with autism, offering insights on such a child’s behavior, blending research with clinical experience, and offering tips on developing independent learning skills with such kids. It’s a key component of any parent or educator’s library using a broad spectrum of proven autism teaching skills to reach kids hitherto deemed ‘unreachable’.

Speech-language pathologist and educator MacKenzie has developed a comprehensive model based upon both theory and extensive clinical experience that she believes is effective at growing lifelong independent learning skills in children aged three to 12. She focuses on learning preferences, strengths and interests as she reframes the traditional definition of autism, describes the workings of her model and its program content, analyzes behaviors of children with autism, and shows how her findings apply to the model. Her suggestions are very practical, and she provides the addresses of free Internet resources and a wide range of forms to use in planning and observations.

By Book News – September 2008

‘This is an entertaining, informative and very practical book that will assist readers to ‘walk the talk’ through a more positive paradigm for enabling children with autism. It is based on careful and systematic thinking by the author and incorporates methodology based on research and best practice experience.’

– Carmen Hengeveld, M.Sc., Registered Speech-Language Pathologist

‘Dr. Heather MacKenzie has used a unique blend of theories of personality type, multiple intelligences and mediated learning to create an elegant and practical method. I have seen how well the application of the Learning Preferences and Strengths model works for children with autism. It is my firm belief that this method has broad applicability for any learner.’

– Teeya Scholten, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist

‘This is a practical, inspiring and stimulating book.’

– Allison Waks, M.A., Registered Psychologist

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Reaching and Teaching Children with Autism provides a positive approach to understanding and educating children on the autism spectrum. The book gives greater insight into the perspective and behavior of a child with autism and explores how the child’s learning preferences, strengths and interests can be used to facilitate learning and enhance motivation.

Based on well-researched theory and extensive clinical experience, the author provides a comprehensive model for developing lifelong independent learning skills in children with autism between the ages of 3 and 12 years old. The book describes the underlying principles, learning preferences and strengths typical of children with autism and offers a detailed but flexible program structure based on these concepts. Easy to follow activities and approaches are described in each chapter, along with clear examples and illustrations.

This accessible and practical book is an essential resource for parents, teachers, support workers, therapists and others concerned with learning and development in children with autism.

Publisher

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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