Educator Releases Comprehensive Guide to Help Those with Autism Improve their Abilities

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Not Just For the Art Teacher Anymore

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This book is an effective intervention that was written to help as many people on the autism spectrum as possible and is a great tool alone, or in conjunction with an existing program

According to a recent study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. Thus, the prevalence of autism has become a growing public concern, a fact evident in the U.S. Government’s increased funding for autism research in the last decade. Yet, the question in the minds and hearts of many parents and teachers remains thus: “How do we help the children who have already been diagnosed?”

This is the question that also concerned educator Mishawn K. Reynolds. After discovering that the core means of learning by those with ASD is visual, Reynolds was unable to find adequate resources on teaching through art to this population, so Reynolds decided to write her own. In her newest book, A Complete Guide to Teaching Art to Those with Autism: Utilizing the Elements and Principles of Design and Life Skills (published by AuthorHouse), Reynolds addresses the question head on, delivering a comprehensive resource reference guide designed to improve the abilities of those with ASD.

This one-of-a-kind, extensive guide is an unparalleled resource for both teachers and parents, and includes information on behavior modifications, and assessment methods while providing 100 hands-on, easily reproducible art projects. The lessons featured in the book include visual examples, illustrations and one-step directions. All lessons can be taught successfully by one with no experience necessary.

“If you can color within the lines and read, you can teach any of these lessons with success,” says Reynolds, who created the innovative guide to aid parents, school districts, and multiple types of educators of all levels – including Special Education, Inclusion and specialty teachers – to build a quality art program one student at a time.

“No two people have the same set of conditions,” says Reynolds, “so the book was designed with this in mind.” This student-centered, visual learning process uses a cross-curricular hands-on approach using the best educational practices while promoting a positive, thriving student-centered environment. The successful formula educators develop increases productivity, improves basic needs, and should ultimately be taught in groups, improving the students’ communication skills. “This book,” explains Reynolds, “is an effective intervention that was written to help as many people on the autism spectrum as possible and is a great tool alone, or in conjunction with an existing program.”

About the Author
Mishawn K. Reynolds has been a master curriculum writer and art educator for more than 20 years. After earning her B.F.A. and M.A., she has written multiple curriculums, both primary and secondary, for diverse populations in major metropolitan and urban areas on the east coast of the United States. For more information, visit http://www.teachingart4autism.com or contact her directly at mreynolds@teachingart4autism.com.

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, AuthorHouse celebrated 15 years of service to authors in Sept. 2011.For more information or to publish a book visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.
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