This long-awaited book is written for parents and professionals who want to be more effective in their work with students who have neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism.
You’ve Been Asking For It – The Resource for Applying Principles of Remediation in School Settings is Finally Here!
We’ve written the book on how to support the development of independence, relationships, problem solving, flexibility, meaningful communication, and more in students with neurodeveopmental disorders, including:
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Learning Disabilities
- Developmental Delays
- Mental Impairment
- Speech and Language Delays
- Feeding Disorders
- Cerebral Palsy
- Sensory Processing Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Tourette Syndrome
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Fragile X
- Down Syndrome
- and Others
This long-awaited book is written for parents and professionals who want to be more effective in their work with students who have neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism. Based on their experiences teaching and treating these students in school and clinic settings, the authors have created a resource that promotes an understanding of how to help students with neurodevelopmental disorders advance on a typical path of development. They provide clear and practical information and strategies for addressing the root issues that create communication, social, behavior, and learning obstacles for these students. This valuable collection contains tested approaches, examples, and worksheets for helping students with neurodevelopmental disorders reach their fullest potential in school and life.
You will learn how to:
- Identify the core features of neurodevelopmental disorders that create communication, learning, and relationship challenges for your students
- Shift from a mindset of working around deficits (compensation) to correcting the root issues that create obstacles for your students (remediation)
- Modify your communication to promote your students’ communication and thinking abilities
- Identify the unique strengths and obstacles of each student in order to determine appropriate placement and programming
- Structure the school day for optimal success
- Decipher student behavior and address the root issues creating problems
- Identify the missing developmental milestones that are impacting your students’ communication, cognition, socialization, and behavior
- Work effectively with parents to promote student development consistently in all environments
- Prompt students in ways that support critical thinking and communication skills, not prompt dependence
- Focus on what really matters for students across the school day
- Reach your highest purpose as an influential guide in the lives of students with neurodevelopmental disorders
- Achieve meaningful outcomes for students that allow them to reach their greatest potential
What others are saying about Learning as we Grow
“More than just a collection of good teaching strategies, this book is firmly rooted in developmental principles that help us look deeper at the foundations that must be in place in order for children to benefit from our instruction. Learning as we Grow reminds us that our ultimate goal is to help our children become competent at navigating the complexities of the real world, whether these children are developing typically or have neurodevelopmental challenges. This is indeed a tall order; but the authors show us not only what we need to do differently, but also how to get started and why these strategies work. They have created an invaluable resource that is both substantive and accessible. Beneficial for educators, parents, consultants and other professionals, Learning as we Grow hits the mark!”
Jodi Cobb, MA, C.A.S., RDI(R) Program Certified Consultant
“As a teacher, my goal is to help students reach the highest level of independence possible. I have struggled for years feeling like I was working around my students’ obstacles rather than really addressing them. This book provides information on the core areas that require attention in order to help students with neurodevelopmental disorders learn and thrive. The practical strategies and examples provide a road map to start immediately implementing the information in the classroom. I know that I am a better guide for my students, and have a better partnership with their parents, as a result of this resource.”
Betty Jo Brege, Special Education Teacher
“It’s about time! As a parent, I have struggled to communicate to others the basic premises and practices of remediation for autism. Not only have the authors accomplished this, but they have done so in a language that all of us can understand. Beyond educating and informing, this book also enlightens, encourages, and gives practical advice for putting theory into action. Not only will I read and reference it often, I will recommend it to many others.”
Joanna DeWolf, Parent
“Learning as we Grow is a revolutionary book, offering strategies to successfully teach children with autism and related disabilities. The education system as we know it would benefit greatly through the implementation of these strategies. You won’t be able to put this book down – it’s a must read for all education professionals and parents with a special needs child. Be prepared to transform the way you think!”
Michelle VanderHeide, LLBSW, CORE Approach Program Certified Consultant
About the Authors:
Nicole Beurkens, PhD., Licensed Psychologist
Nicole has more than 15 years of experience working in schools and clinic settings. She is the founder and director of the Horizons Developmental Resource Center in Caledonia, Michigan, where her team of professionals specializes in family-focused treatment for neurodevelopmental disorders. Nicole has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education, and a doctorate in clinical psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and holds a professional teaching certificate with endorsements in autism and learning disabilities.
Erin Roon, MA, CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
Erin Roon is a speech-language pathologist at Horizons Developmental Resource Center. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech pathology and education, and has over 15 years of experience teaching and providing speech therapy in school and clinic settings. Erin is a CORE Approach Certified Consultant, and also specializes in oral-motor therapy and treatment of feeding disorders.
Courtney Kowalczyk, M.Ed., Certified Teacher
Courtney provides instruction and consultation services at Horizons Developmental Resource Center. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in special education, and is a certified teacher with endorsements in cognitive impairments and early childhood education. Courtney is a CORE Approach Certified Consultant, and has experience working with children and adolescents with multiple disorders.
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