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Comprehensive Individualized Curriculum and Instructional Design: Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Samuel Sennott, Portland State University

Sheldon Loman, Portland State University

Copyright Year: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781312886872

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Reviewed by Janet Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Saint Francis on 11/23/22

This textbook provides an overview of many areas of curriculum and instruction for students. Content including environment, behavior, instruction and technology. The information provides a survey of the key aspects of design. The text lacks an... read more

Reviewed by Serra De Arment, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 9/5/22

The subject of individualizing curriculum and instructional design for students with disabilities is quite vast, and while this text provides a good deal of information across each of 6 chapters, readers/users would benefit from further curricular... read more

Reviewed by Meera Mehtaji, Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University on 9/1/22

This textbook has several key components of the curriculum and Instructional design for students with Autism. However, it is not comprehensive, and the content is limited in serving students with significant needs. I liked that the authors had... read more

Reviewed by Almara Hutchinson, Assistant Professor, West Virginia University on 4/21/22

The text looks at a few strategies in each chapter and expands upon each in a very brief, surface level way. In order to strengthen the book's comprehensiveness, each chapter should focus on a more broad overview of the intended strategy and then... read more

Reviewed by Jennifer McFarland-Whisman, Assistant Professor/BCBA, Marshall University on 2/28/20

The textbook does not cover all potential topics that one would expect for a course on curriculum and instruction; however, it does provide a solid overview of guiding principles, applied behavior analysis, and function-based interventions. The... read more

Reviewed by Courtney Karasinski, Associate Professor & Program Director of the MS in Speech-Language Pathology, Grand Valley State University on 12/3/19

This book provides a thorough guide for developing an individualized curriculum for individuals with disabilities. It might benefit from a table of contents and an index to aid the reader in finding information. The guiding principles in Chapter 1... read more

Reviewed by Staci Zimmerman, Adjunct Professor, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 6/19/19

The comprehensiveness of this textbook provides many areas of Autism Spectrum Disorders. It identifies the continuum of supports for people with ASD, in areas of instruction and behavioral needs. It provides the challenges within the classroom,... read more

Reviewed by Candace Gann, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University on 5/21/18

While all of the content in the text is useful in instructional design for children with disabilities, this text is not a comprehensive text that I would choose to use in this type of course. Rather, it would make a good supplement to other... read more

Reviewed by Gale Rice, Professor & Dean, Fontbonne University on 5/21/18

This text is based on IWDs in the context of a family which makes it inclusive. It uses person-first language and is ecologically-based. The sample forms and websites should be quite helpful. Several assumptions are made with respect to the... read more

Reviewed by Abigail Allen, Assistant Professor, Clemson University on 2/1/18

While the six chapters cover some important aspects of instruction for this population of students, I'd appreciate a more comprehensive view of developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorder. Some introductory information with... read more

Reviewed by John McCarthy, Associate Professor, Ohio University on 2/1/18

This is a wide spanning topic that could potentially lead to a lack of practical ideas in favor of extensive background material on individual considerations for different populations. This book does a good job of ensuring each chapter has a... read more

Reviewed by Stephanie Kurtts, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro on 12/5/16

Comprehensive Individualized Curriculum and Instructional Design: Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Developmental Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders is a practical text that is grounded in theory and provides a wealth of examples of... read more

Reviewed by Brittany Joseph, Adjunct Instructor, The University of Toledo on 8/21/16

The comprehensiveness of this textbook addresses a variety of areas within the study of Autism Spectrum Disorders. While the book does not include an index or glossary, the chapters all relate to the title of the textbook. read more

Reviewed by Roger Ideishi, Associate Professor, Temple University on 8/21/16

The textbook provides a good overview of instructional strategies for students with autism and special needs. The chapters provide nice overviews of each areas. The chapters on technology are particularly comprehensive with clear descriptions and... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Guiding Principles for Developing Comprehensive and Meaningful Instruction for Individuals with Complex Needs
  • Chapter 2: Naturalistic AAC Communication Intervention
  • Chapter 3: Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to Teach
  • Chapter 4: Developing Function-based Interventions
  • Chapter 5: iOS 8 Accessibility
  • Chapter 6: Using Content Acquisition Podcasts (CAPs) to Improve Vocabulary Instruction and Learning for Students with Disabilities and Their Teachers

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About the Book

This open textbook addresses the population of individuals with disabilities that experience complex lifelong needs across multiple areas in their lives. Drs. Sennott and Loman drafted this book (along with the help from some friends) with the hope of providing pertinent, practical, and current resources to future special educators who plan to serve individuals with complex disabilities.

About the Contributors


Samuel Sennott, PhD, is an assistant professor of special education. He completed his doctorate at The Pennsylvania State University and is the co-creator of the original Proloquo2Go, the popular iOS application that helps people who have difficulty speaking due to a range of disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities. Proloquo2Go has been featured on the front page of the NY Times, by ABC News, and on 60 Minutes. Dr. Sennott's clinical, research and development, and advocacy work focuses on assistive technology, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), language and literacy, and universal design.

Sheldon Loman, PhD, is an assistant professor of special education. Dr. Loman received his PhD in special education from the University of Oregon, with the focus of his work on instructional practices for people with severe disabilities, educational systems change, and positive behavioral interventions and supports. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Hawaii and a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on moderate/severe disabilities from San Francisco State University. His interest areas are inclusive education, instructional practices for individuals with significant disabilities, Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA), Assistive Technology (AT) and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), and educational systems change.

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