Take 2: Teaching Children w/ Autism Washington, DC

 
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Take 2 Collaboration Yields Big Results

Since Take 2 began in 2004, clinician-researchers at the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Children’s National Medical Center have been integrally involved in developing the program’s curriculum.  Several years ago, the CASD doctors, together with Take 2 staff and teachers and administrators at the Ivymount School, developed and began piloting a novel approach to teaching children with autism spectrum disorders the important skills of flexibility, goal-setting and planning.  Difficulty with these and other “executive functions” are common in children with high functioning ASDs.   The collaboration has so far proved extremely fruitful: based on early successes, the National Institute of Mental Health awarded the group a grant to take the next step in testing the intervention:  the curriculum, called Unstuck & On Target, is now being tested in mainstream schools.  In addition, the curriculum has been published and is available to parents and educators who would like to give its methods a try.  The approaches described in the book are designed to be enjoyable and accessible and to integrate well into children’s real lives.  You can see the cover of the book at the top of this Project Update and you can  read more about it on the publisher’s website and on Amazon, which you’ll find links for below.  The forward to the book is by New York Times best-selling author John Elder Robison.  A training program for parents is part of the Unstuck curriculum and there are plans to publish soon the manual that accompanies this training. 

We are very proud that Take 2 played a key role in launching this much needed and so far extremely promising new intervention. 

As always, we thank you for your support for Take 2.  Also, we'd like you to know that in June Take 2 will participate in GlobalGiving’s “bonus day,” when all gifts will be matched.   We’ll be in touch with you before that to ask for your help. Please see below for links and for a glowing review of Unstuck & On Target.

With gratitude,

Lisa, Lynn & Monica

Here are links where you can learn more about Unstuck & On Target

http://www.brookespublishing.com/store/books/cannon-72032/index.htm

http://www.amazon.com/Unstuck-Target-Executive-Curriculum-Flexibility/dp/1598572032

And here's a recent review from Amazon:

5.0 out of 5 stars The most helpful book I've ever bought!, April 4, 2012
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This review is from: Unstuck and on Target!: An Executive Function Curriculum to Improve Flexibility for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders, Research Edition (Paperback)
This book has helped me on so many levels help my son who has autism. I can take him shopping or take him to school; have him try new foods at a restaurant and even have him do something totally off his schedule and not have the meltdown explosive behaviors that he use to have. One of the things that this book teaches is that if I want him to be more flexible then I have to model what that looks like for him. I've learned to help him realize that when he is stuck that there are coping strategies that he can use. My son is so much more relaxed and I am so proud of how he is able to breathe and calm himself down rather quickly.

I recommend this book to anyone who has a child in need of being more flexible and goal directed!!

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Lisa Greenman

Washington, DC United States

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