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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

Pub Date: 2015

ISBN 13: 9781312886872

Publisher: Portland State University Library

Language: English

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Reviewed by Candace Gann, Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University on 5/22/18

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 5/22/18

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 2/2/18

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 2/2/18

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 12/6/16

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 8/22/16

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 8/22/16

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 Needsby Sheldon L. Loman, provides readers with practical resources to develop their repertoire of tools for designing supports for individuals with significant needs.

Chapter 2:Naturalistic AAC Communication Interventionby Samuel Sennott, introduces the reader to Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and shares specific intervention resources including the innovative naturalistic strategy: MODELER.

Chapter 3:Principles of Applied Behavior Analysis to Teachby Kristy Lee Park, provides an overview and examples of research-based approaches of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Chapter 4:Developing Function-based Interventionsby Sheldon Loman, shares a practical guide for the use of research-based critical features to design positive behavioral interventions based on the reasons why students engage in problem behaviors (i.e., function of student behavior).

Chapter 5:iOS 8 Accessibilityby Luis F. Pérez, presents the latest information on the accessibility of mobile devices using the iOS 8 Apple operating system. This chapter embeds multiple video examples for improving the accessibility for mobile devices with this newest operating system.

Chapter 6:Using Content Acquisition Podcasts (CAPs) to Improve Vocabulary Instruction and Learning for Students with Disabilities and Their Teachersby Michael J. Kennedy, John Romig, and Wendy J. Rodgers, introduce a multimedia-based tool that can be created by teachers with technology they already have on their computers. In this chapter they provide examples of high-quality multimedia and step-by-step instructions for production.

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.