Seven Keys to Unlock Autism : Making Miracles in the Classroom

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-11-01
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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The acclaimed approach to helping kids with autism, profiled in the award-winning documentary Autism: The Musical This groundbreaking book outlines seven integrated keys that show how to best access and make meaningful connections with children on the autism spectrum. The book is based on the unique approach used by Elaine Hall, founder of The Miracle Project, a musical theater program for children with autism and their peers and siblings. The Miracle Project integrates traditional and creative therapies in an interactive, social dynamic. More than simply a theater program, The Miracle Project helps children with autism draw connections and form more meaningful relationships, and helps adults in their lives better understand this puzzling disorder. Reveals the seven-step program that has proven so successful for the children in the Miracle Project Shows how to apply these successful strategies at school and at home to nurture kids' self-expression and social skills Elaine Hall and The Miracle Project were profiled in the two-time Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, Autism: The Miracle 7 Keys to Unlock the World of Autism offers educators and parents strategies for creating a personal skill set to make their encounters with autistic children as successful and rewarding as possible.

Author Biography

Elaine Hall ("Coach E") is the founder of The Miracle Project. When traditional therapies failed to help her autistic son, she sought out creative people—actors, writers, and teachers—to work with him. The methods Elainedeveloped to reach kids with autism resulted in The Miracle Project and were profiled in the HBO documentary, Autism: The Musical.

Diane Isaacs is the cofounder of The Miracle Project. A successful film producer, she is the former president of Green Moon Productions, which she cofounded with Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith. Diane produced The Miracle Project's benefit album, FLY, with artists including Jack Black, Stephen Stills, and Chaka Khan. She is expanding The Miracle Project nationally and internationally, from India to Ethiopia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
About the Authorsp. xi
About The Miracle Projectp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Introduction: It Starts with Youp. xvii
The Seven Keysp. xviii
How to Use This Bookp. xix
The Keysp. xx
Elaine's Storyp. xxiii
Autism 101p. 1
Primer: Autism Through a Different Lensp. 3
A Brief Historyp. 7
Inspirational Storiesp. 11
Autism's Alphabet Soupp. 13
The Seven Keysp. 19
Set an Intentionp. 21
Develop Acceptance and Appreciationp. 37
Diane's Story of Acceptancep. 51
Understand Sensory Profilep. 59
Follow the Leaderp. 73
Include the Childp. 87
Practice and Preparation Make Progressp. 105
Live Miracle Mindedp. 121
Conclusion: Opening Doorsp. 131
Appendixesp. 135
The Resource Room: Tools for Using the Seven Keysp. 137
Primer: Leading Schools of Thoughtp. 138
Autism Organizationsp. 139
Filmsp. 141
IDEA and IEPp. 142
Resourcesp. 142
Resourcesp. 143
Resourcesp. 144
Resourcesp. 144
Resourcesp. 145
Resourcesp. 145
Resourcesp. 146
Additional Corners of the Resource Roomp. 149
Environmental Factorsp. 149
Classroom Set-Upp. 151
Proactive Toolsp. 153
Accommodationsp. 157
Creating Consistency Across All Environmentsp. 160
Creating a User-Friendly Systemp. 161
Seven Keys to a Smooth IEPp. 164
The Greatest Untapped Resource: The Parentp. 167
Indexp. 175
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