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Teaching Children with High Functioning Autism

by Claire E. Hughes-Lynch, Ph.D.

Available November 1, 2011 from Barnes and NobleAmazon and Prufrock Press.

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Children with High-Functioning Autism: A Teacher’s Guide is designed to provide ideas and support to a teacher who is not a specialist work with children who have been identified as having autism, but are capable of learning content material at or even above grade level.  The book provides realistic descriptions of autism in the classroom, ideas for working with a wide range of professionals and integrating the various therapies within a classroom, the various professionals involved, and a range of teaching ideas from behavioral interventions to content-area instruction to assessment issues.    Ideas for writing a very strong, helpful IEP are included as well as ways to accommodate and manage the social, language and anxiety-related issues children with high-functioning autism face in a general education setting.  Because a teacher ultimately has to focus on content instruction, ideas and strategies are provided with a slightly humorous and very practical approach.


Chapter 1- Overview

Section I- A Team Approach to High Functioning Autism

  • Chapter 2- Autism- 5 Ws and an H
  • Chapter 3- Building and Working with a Team
  • Chapter 4- Writing a strong IEP

Section II- Teaching Approaches

  • Chapter 5- Developing a Framework for Intervention
  • Chapter 6- Physical Issues and 5 Approaches
  • Chapter 7- Language Issues and 5 Approaches
  • Chapter 8- Emotional Issues and 5 Approaches
  • Chapter 9- Cognitive/Learning Issues and 5 Approaches
  • Chapter 10- Social/ Behavioral Issues and 5 Approaches
  • Chapter 11- Autism in the Schools

Section III- Resources

  • Chapter 12- Technology and Resources


Children with High Functioning Autism: A Parents Guide

by Claire E. Hughes-Lynch, Ph.D.

Available March 1, 2010 from Barnes and Noble, www.bn.com, Amazon and Prufrock Press.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1- Starting the Journey: From the Beginning and Even Before

Chapter 2- The Landscape and its Signage

Chapter 3-  I Don’t Think We’re in Kansas Anymore, Toto: Diagnosis

Chapter 4- Down the Rabbit Hole: Treatments

Chapter 5- Education: Joining the Highway

Chapter 6- Are We There Yet?

Chapter 7- Siblings, Spouses and Other Passengers

Appendix: Travel Agents and Fellow Mapmakers


  1. I have a nearly 17 year old son. After an 11 year odyssey, my son was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Along the way, there has been bullying, drug usage, medications which made him psychotic, several hospitalizations, depression, sleeplessness, academic failure, ostracism, arrests and attempts upon my life by my son.

    The chapter title, “Down the Rabbit Hole” struck me as it is the phrase I have always used when referring to the periods of time when I would sense things getting worse with my son – right before “all hell would break loose”. It is much like those who derive their livelihood from the sea. They can sense and read the signs, but cannot change the weather. All they can do is prepare as best they can, even when everyone else is saying, “but the sun is shining. Stop worrying!”

    I will have to check out this book.

    Comment by Michelle Coy — December 21, 2010 @ 9:36 am | Reply

    • I hope that it helps… It’s a fairly straightforward book that focuses on autism, particularly for younger children. The mess that we have found with my son as we’ve been moved from diagnosis to diagnosis and none of them quite fit is not detailed as well here. He doesn’t “cleanly” fit into any category- I allude to it in the book, but we’re still wading through it; we’re still in that Rabbit Hole. This blog relates more to that day to day battle with medications, etc. He’s still young- so I’m sure there’s another book to be written as we go along… sigh.

      If this book isn’t “it” for you- I encourage you to write your own! It helped me TREMENDOUSLY doing the research and relating my daughter’s story… And I hope that what I got out of it, I can share with others.

      Comment by profmother — December 21, 2010 @ 10:08 am | Reply

  2. My daughter has just been diagnosed with GAD-NOS and you’re right… doesn’t quite seem to fit. However, it is the closest we have come so far as ASD have been ruled out, ADHD has been ruled out, OCD has been ruled out, etc. Also struggling with CAPD and possibly VAPD but can’t seem to pin anything down. I guess it doesn’t surprise me, just frustrating trying to figure out what is best for her and how to guide her. I will be checking your book out. Thanks. Liz

    Comment by Liz — August 3, 2011 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

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