Learning With a Visual Brain in an Auditory World
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©2007. By Ellyn Lucas Arwood, Ed.D. and Carole Kaulitz, M.Ed. Both authors bring over 30 years of experience as speech-language pathologists to this collaboration. In this book, they help readers understand how the brain with autism works, and they describe the best methods for teaching individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in an auditory setting. The authors provide key information on topics such as brain functioning, how children with ASD learn, and how language functions to connect cognition with learning. In addition, they explain sensory input, the implications of pattern learning, and the process of concept development, and they define visual and auditory language properties and how language assigns meaning to learning. The book illustrates how language impacts social interaction and behavior, as well as how language affects learning and literacy. According to the authors, literacy for the individual with ASD is a visual-motor process of overlapping hand and mouth movements into shapes that store meanings as visual concepts, and the authors break down the visual language processes of reading, writing, speaking, and calculating to provide the reader with a thorough explanation of learning systems. The book also provides information on providing behavior support through language strategies, as well as methods for creating and organizing space, promoting social development, and maximizing family support. Filled with activities, illustrations, intervention strategies, and learner outcomes, this handbook is designed to help parents, educators, and other professionals teach visual learners how to succeed in an auditory environment. (Softcover; 327 pages.)
©2007-2008. Autism Society of North Carolina.