The ASD Nest Model
A framework for inclusive education for higher functioning children with autism spectrum disorders. With results-driven strategies on every page, be sure to add this must-read title to your ASD resources.
The ASD Nest Model A Framework for Inclusive Education for Higher Functioning Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders is a well-researched and evidence-based program that was formulated in response to the severe shortage of educational programs designed for higher-functioning school-age children with ASD, which often leads to inappropriate placement, and a lack of supports...all of which inevitably results in poor educational experiences.
In an effort to prevent this happening, this inclusion program -- implemented in NYC Public Schools, uses a positive behavior support approach and incorporates strategies that address areas of difficulties common in children with autism spectrum disorder, specifically sensory functioning, social relatedness, self-regulation, managing anxiety, and selective cognitive problems. The ASD Nest Program serves students with autism spectrum disorder and typically-developing students in a co-teaching model. No classroom paraprofessional participates in this model.
Adopted by the New York City Public Schools and the country of Denmark, this evidence-based approach shows how children with ASD can be successful in general education settings. This timely resource clearly communicates how to create a classroom in which every learner succeeds with specific and easy-to-implement strategies for students who require minimal supports, as well as those who require more intense interventions.
In compliance with current trends in education, it incorporates evidence-based practices, positive behavior supports, and uses Response to Intervention (RTI). The proper education allows educational professionals and other important caretakers to provide individuals with autism spectrum disorder with proper care. This program helps children with ASD function comfortably and successfully in mainstream settings in their schools and communities, whenever feasible, with decreased need for professional support. Having ASD does not need to result in a lifetime of dependency on others. We can give your loved one the tools needed to gain a lifestyle of healthy independence. With results-driven strategies on every page, be sure to add this must-read title to your ASD resources.
Additional descriptions of how to implement strategies and practices from the ASD Nest program are included in the book Everyday Classroom Strategies and Practices for Supporting Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
MEET THE AUTHORS
Lauren Hough, MsEd, is the coaching consultant for the ASD Nest Support Project at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. In this role, she provides professional development workshops, school-based consultation, and seminars on meeting the needs of school-aged students on the spectrum in inclusion settings. Prior to working as a consultant, Hough worked for five years as a special education teacher and school-based coach in the ASD Nest program. She is a coauthor of Everyday Classroom Strategies and Practices for Supporting Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders and The ASD Nest Model: A Framework for Inclusive Education for Higher Functioning Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Shirley Cohen, PhD, professor in the Department of Special Education at Hunter College of the City University of New York for many years, became Professor Emeritus in 2011. In her role at Hunter College, Dr. Cohen co-developed the ASD Nest program for the New York City public schools with Dorothy Siegel of New York University, and continues to serve as a consultant and intervention developer for the program. She is the author of the book Targeting Autism, originally published in 1998 and since 2006 in its third edition, as well as two earlier books on disability: Special People (1977) and Respite Care (1985). She is also a coauthor of Everyday Classroom Strategies and Practices for Supporting Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders and The ASD Nest Model: A Framework for Inclusive Education for Higher Functioning Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders.