"Thinking Tool" Kit Booklet
Patricia Schetter, M.A. and Kandis Lighthall, M.A.

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This new booklet provides educators and parents with ideas for using the circle-square-triangle graphic organizer in a visual, concrete, and 3-dimensional format for individuals with ASD or other learning differences. The authors present many, easy to implement methods for using this specially designed Thinking Tool.

This booklet may be purchased alone or as part of the Thinking Tool™ Activity Pack which also includes five sets of circle-square-triangle cards and five Color My Feelings cards to use as a personalized tactile-kinesthetic tool. See the Products Section of the website for more details on the Thinking Tool™ Activity Pack.

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Percy Learns to Fly
Written By: Patricia Schetter, M.A., B.C.B.A.
Illustrated By: Mary A. Livingston

Percy Learns to Fly

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Percy Learns to Fly

Percy Learns to Fly

Percy Learns to Fly

Meet Percy, his family, classmates and teacher, all residence of Gull Island. Everyone can see Percy is different. He tries hard to fit in with his friend and do well in school.

This heartwarming tale will captivate readers of all ages with moments of disappointment, excitement and joy as Percy Learns to Fly! Readers will learn that Percy is a "Different Kind of Bird" but being different is not bad, in fact, it can make you even better than others at some things! The beautiful illustrations help the reader feel Percy’s emotions as he learns about his own differences and strengths.

Children will enjoy the story and Percy’s efforts to achieve. Many may personally relate to some of Percy’s experiences and struggles. Parents and teachers will appreciate the extra resources provided in the back of the book.

Truly a book for all ages.

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 Learning the R.O.P.E.S. for Improved Executive Function
By:  Patricia Schetter, M.A., B.C.B.A.

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Improving Executive Function helps all students become more skillful learners. This valuable user-friendly book has been a great resource to both professionals and parents since 2004. In 2015 the CD option has been replaced with DOWNLOADABLE FORMS that include every form and assessment tool in printable and fill-in formats! The book Learning the R.O.P.E.S. for Improved Executive Function discusses and includes all the forms and an assessment tool to fully implements the strategies. The book provides the reader with great content including:

The book is still full of useful worksheets and graphic organizers, that are uniquely designed to capitalize on the visual strengths of children with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome to assist them in learning how to "think through" complex situations using these visual maps and structures as their guide. Many case studies cited provide the reader with "real life" examples of the successful implementation of the strategies presented from primary grades through adulthood. Educators have commented that the strategies are also very helpful to learners who have ADD, ADHD, learning disabilities, and the typical student who struggles with organization.

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 Autism Program Development and Review Protocol™
(APDAR protocol)
By:  Patricia Schetter, M.A., B.C.B.A.
and Victoria Bluett-Murphy, M.A., B.C.B.A.

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This invaluable step by step guideline for effectively setting up, monitoring and evaluating your autism program has been used successfully by school districts since 2006. The first edition was based on the recommendations of the National Research Council (2001) and the collaborative workgroup of key stakeholders in the state of California (Best Practices, 1997). The revised APDAR protocol continues to provide methods for determining program strengths and needs and to measure program outcomes, but has now been updated to reflect the most current findings from the National Standards Project release in October 2010 and from the National Professional Development Center on Autism Spectrum Disorders (PDC-A).

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 R.E.A.D.Y. for Inclusion
By:  Kandis Lighthall, M.A.

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Successful inclusive education does not occur just because a student with special needs is placed in a general education classroom with typical peers. Success in an inclusive placement requires through preparation and on-going support. The ideas presented in R.E.A.D.Y. for Inclusion are based on the author's career long experience implementing inclusive education, and her knowledge and understanding of ASD and other disabilities. R.E.A.D.Y. for Inclusion is a resource that provides an educational team with all of the necessary components of a step by step process for the assessment and the implementation of successful inclusive education for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other special needs.

R.E.A.D.Y. for Inclusion begins with a chapter designed to assist a school or district in developing a shared vision of inclusive education and create an action plan to support staff through professional development training. The subsequent chapters discuss the steps by following the R.E.A.D.Y. acronym by addressing the following:

At the end of each chapter there is an extensive reference list to support the reader in expanding their knowledge through selected readings specific to their individual needs and situation. R.E.A.D.Y. for Inclusion now offers an option to DOWNLOAD every form and tool presented in the manual in a printable format and a fill-in format. The fill-in forms also automatically compute all the scoring calculations simplifying an evaluator's work.

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 School Participation Checklist
A Tool for Measuring Basic Student Classroom Behavior
By:  Kandis Lighthall, M.A.

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The School Participation Checklist is simple user-friendly tool that provides educators with the ability to assess the student classroom behaviors which are required of any student in an inclusive education setting. The results of a School Participation Checklist assessment gives the I.E.P. team the information they need to identify specific areas and behaviors requiring support and intervention in order for the student with special needs to have a successful inclusive experience. By comparing the student with special needs to another "average" student (matched for gender and age), who is being educated in the same general education setting, the I.E.P. team is better able to compare the student's specialized needs to those of the other students in the classroom. By using The School Participation Checklist the I.E.P. team members gain specific information regarding expectations and may be become more accepting of a student's needs when they see that "typical learners" exhibit some of the same needs and behaviors as the student with special needs. As a result, the I.E.P. team may be more willing to implement classroom wide strategies of support that will affect all learners.

The School Participation Checklist is versatile and has checklists appropriate with any student, preschool through twelfth grade, who is included in or being considered for inclusion in a general education setting. The new CD provides all the forms necessary to complete a full assessment in two reproducible formats. All forms may be printed out and completed by hand or be completed in a simple fill-in format on the computer which automatically scores the checklist. The School Participation Checklist can also be used to track ongoing progress over the year and to assess behaviors in a variety of settings. This tool addresses student behavior in a quantifiable manner which presents present level simply in a quantifiable visual format.

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 What Makes School Great? FRIENDS!
Activities to Build Autism Awareness and Develop Friendships
By:  Kandis Lighthall, M.A.
Revised and Expanded 6/08

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Peer awareness and support are evidence based strategies for promoting pro-social behavior in students with ASD. This book provides not only a framework for peers to develop plans for supporting their classmate with ASD, but also many other new ideas and activities for learning the student's strengths and interests which provides a foundation for friendship. What Makes School Great? FRIENDS!, is appropriate for use by staff working with students from preschool through high school. The reader will find a reproducible ability awareness planning form very helpful in the basic organization of an activity. There are also many case examples for every activity and grade level, plus ideas for teachers and parents to make their own personalized awareness books. An extensive resource list is included to provide additional support for on-going awareness activities for students and staff.

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 Homeschooling the Child with Autism
Answers to the Top Questions Parents and Professionals Ask
Patricia Schetter, MA, B.C.B.A. and Kandis Lighthall, M.A.
Forward by Jeanette McAfee, M.D.
A Josey-Bass Publication

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Although this book was written to support parents who are either considering homeschooling their child or already are homeschooling, many professionals have found the book to be a helpful resource in working with parent who needs strategies for working with their child when they are not in school. The seven chapters address many questions in each of the following topic areas:

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 White Board Words and Thoughts™ Idea Booklet
By: Patricia Schetter and Kandis Lighthall

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This publication provides educators and parents with ideas for making transient words and hidden thoughts visual, concrete, and 3-dimensional for individuals with ASD. The authors present many, easy to implement, methods using specially designed white boards to teach requesting, commenting, feelings, and perspective taking. The reader will find activities for every age group from primary grades through high school.

This booklet may be purchased alone or as part of the White Board Words and Thoughts™ Activity Pack which also includes the three specially designed white boards and other extras to use these strategies. See the Products Section of the website for more details on the Activity Pack.

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 King Hummingbird Story "Differences Make Us Unique"
Carissa Stenzel

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A delightful tiny book that shares a big concept as King Hummingbird learns an important life lesson from the wildflowers in the fields. Every person who reads this book will learn to celebrate difference as they relate their own experiences to the characters. Like King Hummingbird the readers may want to start a "Celebrate Your Difference Day" too!

Kandis and Carissa

ABTA P&P Director Kandis Lighthall and Carissa Stenzel celebrate the first printing of Differences Make Us Unique.

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