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Medical Diagnosis vs. Educational Determination A Distinction that Makes a Difference
By: Susan C. Hawkins, Associate Director/Autism Program Specialist in the School of Teacher Education at Missouri State University.
This article explores why it is important for special education teachers to make sure that general education colleagues and parents are well informed about the special education process. An awareness of the distinction between a medical diagnosis and an educational determination of a disability is valuable information. The distinction explains why some students receive special education services and others don't and how that determination is made.
Making (and Keeping) Friends: A Model for Social Skills Instruction
By: Scott Bellini, Assistant Director of the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA) at Indiana University, Bloomington.
This article addresses social skill deficits in young children with ASD by providing a systematic five-step model for social skills instruction, with particular emphasis placed on an emerging intervention strategy, video self-modeling (VSM).
Thank You, Bob Barker": Using Passions, Strengths, and Areas of Special Interest to Support Students on the Spectrum
By: Paula Kluth, consultant, teacher, author, advocate, and independent scholar who works with teachers and families to provide inclusive opportunities for students with disabilities.
This article addresses using student fascinations as bridges to learning, motivation, and support in the classroom.
The Importance of Data Collection
By: Kelly Koons, ODU T/TAC
This article provides tips for making data collection part of your everyday routine.
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Mark L. Sundberg, Ph.D., BCBA is the co-author of the books Teaching Language to Children with Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities, The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills: The ABLLS, and A Collection of Reprints on Verbal Behavior. He has published over 45 professional papers, including a recent chapter titled “Verbal Behavior” in the new edition of Cooper, Heron, & Heward’s (2007) book Applied Behavior Analysis, 2edition. He currently conducts research and consults to schools and programs in the San Francisco Bay area. Dr. Sundberg has given permission to link to three of his research articles on verbal behavior.