Laurie Eckenrode, Pat Fennell, and Kathy Hearsey are former teachers of students with special needs. Much of their work has been serving in different capacities for the TEACCH AUTISM PROGRAM. Laurie taught in an exemplary structured teaching classroom, which she developed, and which served as a TEACCH training model. She went on to serve as an autism consultant and trainer. After teaching, Pat served for 20+ years as a psychoeducational therapist and trainer/ consultant with the Chapel Hill TEACCH Clinic. Kathy continues her work as a TEACCH therapist and was a former director of the TEACCH’s supported employment program. The three authors have extensively trained parents and professionals in structured teaching methodology and have won many awards for their achievements in the field of special education. Partial proceeds from product sales are donated to organizations that provide services for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.
Tasks Galore is a wonderful collection of structured activities for children with autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. Developed by 3 splendid teachers, the activities reflect the creativity, ingenuity, and solid educational values that they brought to their classrooms. These books will be of great use to teachers, parents, and others working with this population. Activities are presented in all areas related to a comprehensive curriculum and the detailed colored photographs will allow parents and professionals to recreate these tasks in their classrooms and homes. For anyone using any structured visual materials for children with disabilities, these books are a must and will make an important contribution to their efforts. Books like these have been sorely needed for years and I am so glad that they are now available for wide distribution. I cannot imagine a more valuable resource.
Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D, Former Director
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
There are many books on autism available today, but few contain hands-on activities and practical techniques that can be used to teach children with autism. This wonderful book series fills that gap. Tasks Galore contains hundreds of ideas for teaching children with autism academic, language, fine motor, play, and many other skills. Detailed color photographs of task ideas will help both parents and providers capitalize on the unique visual strengths of children with autism. These books will be a valuable resource for trainees in education, psychology, speech-language pathology, and many other disciplines. Tasks Galore will also be appreciated by seasoned educators, therapists, and parents looking for new programming ideas. I highly recommend it.
Sally Ozonoff, Ph.D, Director
University of California at Davis