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The Autism Ambassadors Handbook
Peer Support for Learning, Growth, and Success



February 2018 | 232 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE

Sometimes, all a student needs to succeed is a friend.

Every day, thousands of students with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) struggle to stay afloat at school—sometimes bullied, often ostracized. Mastering academics can be hard enough without the added challenge of navigating social situations that neurotypical kids take for granted. If students with ASD had a peer to model and reinforce socially appropriate behavior and coach them through schoolwork, it could help them feel at home in the student population.

This inspirational new book describes how to set up just such a peer-mentoring organization in your school or community. With a clear understanding of the needs of students with ASD and the kids who will be their guides, Kukoff provides:

  • Steps for organizing and implementing your own Autism Ambassadors program
  • Clear-cut guidelines on the responsibilities of student “ambassadors,” plus peer-support strategies to improve the ambassador experience
  • More than a hundred specific interventions any student can employ with students with ASD
  • A path for students with ASD to become Autism Ambassadors themselves

Based on the methodology of Applied Behavior Analysis—the gold standard in autism intervention—but created and led by students, the Autism Ambassadors curriculum will  promote leadership and improve the school experience for all students.

“This book makes a distinct contribution by providing a different view of how to support students with autism. As the number of people with autism is increasing, creating awareness and supports across larger groups of people is important.”
—Mary Reeve, Educator
Gallup McKinley County Schools, NM

“This is an amazing idea from a young innovator! This manual is a great contribution, not only to the field of professionals, but to future providers as well.”
—Kate Boone, Case Manager
MHMRA Harris County, Houston, TX

 
Foreword by Gary S. Katz Preface
 
Part I. The Program
 
1. Autism And Society Today
 
2. Typical Students and Autism
 
3. The Importance of Peer Leadership: What the Research Says
 
4. Who and What is Autism Ambassadors?
 
5. What is an Ambassador?
 
6. Autism Ambassadors at Your School: The Nuts and Bolts of Implementation
 
7. Curriculum Overview
 
Part II. The Curriculum
 
Section 1. Younger/Lower Functioning Students
 
Pay Attention/ Calm Hands
 
Being Alone
 
Logical Sequencing
 
Passing the Baton Washing Hands at School
 
Section 2. Academic/ In Class
 
Asserting Yourself in Class
 
Taking Notes
 
Giving an Oral Presentation in Class
 
Replacing Classroom Items
 
Switching Desks
 
Watching a Video in Class
 
Writing an Intro Paragraph
 
Section 3. School Related/ Out of Class
 
Writing a “Chunk” Paragraph
 
Writing a Concluding Paragraph
 
Fire/Emergency Drill
 
Getting to Class on Time
 
Organizing Your Time
 
Finding Favorite Books
 
Organizing Your Notebook
 
Study Hall
 
Section 4. Outing/ Extracurricular
 
The Bus Class
 
Trip/ Museum Class
 
Trip/ Zoo
 
Interviewing for a High School Job
 
Section 5. Social
 
Asking Someone Out on a Date
 
Cafeteria Etiquette
 
Cursing and Offensive Language
 
Explaining Your Diagnosis to Friends
 
Finding Friends at Lunch
 
Finding Favorite Popular Music
 
Joining a Club at School
 
Making a Plan
 
School Dance
 
Section 6. Sports
 
Playing Football
 
Playing Soccer
 
Playing Tag
 
Playing Tetherball
 
Part III. Appendices
 
Parent Letter
 
Frequently Asked
 
Questions Questionnaire
 
Evaluation Tool

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Zak Kukoff

Zak Kukoff is an 18-year-old social entrepreneur based in Westlake Village, California, and, at the time of this book's printing, a senior at Westlake High School. Zak is the founder of Autism Ambassadors, a nonprofit that builds friendships between students with special needs and typical students in more than 25 schools throughout the United States and abroad. In his spare time, he volunteers at the Westminster Free Clinic, which provides free medical services for those without healthcare. He also writes for the Huffington Post Education Section and helps organize both TEDxConejo and TEDxYouth@Conejo. He previously founded the education... More About Author

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