Growing…Plants, Functional Skills, and Communication Skills in School Gardens: A Public School Guide to Gardening Activities for Students with Autism and Other Special Needs
List Price: 29.95
Category: Prof. Reference & Textbooks
Available: February 2014
Growing…Plants, Functional Skills, And Communication Skills In School Gardens is a collection of authentic therapeutic activities that encourages students with Autism and other special needs to actively participate in learning by exploring their environment and engaging in communication with others. Students with special needs often become observers and by-standers in their own environment; therefore, it is essential to facilitate their participation, functional skills, and communication as active learners. Using gardening as a medium to teach academic skills, model social skills, practice fine motor and gross motor skills, as well as embarking on a possible lifetime leisure pursuit or skilled employment, provides an invaluable tool.
This book is designed to assist special education teachers, speech language pathologists, and occupational therapists in developing outdoor learning environments and gardens, especially within a public school setting.
Tammy R. Blake, OTD, OTR/L, received a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She received her doctorate in occupational therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. She has worked in the field of occupational therapy since 1992 in a variety of settings including acute and subacute rehabilitation centers, residential treatment centers, and public school settings. Over the past decade, she has worked in the public school system and has collaborated with teachers, speech language pathologists, and other occupational therapists for local and regional presentations and workshops.
Dawn M. Leach, MS, CCC-SLP, received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degrees in speech-language pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She holds a Certification of Clinical Competence in speech-language pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association; a license from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Health Professions, Board of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology; and a teaching license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. Since 1990, she has worked in the field of speech-language pathology in the public school setting with students affected by a variety of communication disorders from preschool through high school. She has collaborated with occupational therapists and teachers for presentations at the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association.
Shannon Fenix, MS, OTR/L, received a Bachelor of Science in food, nutrition, and exercise from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia. She received her Master of Science degree in occupational therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Having worked as an occupational therapist since 2003, she has practiced in acute and subacute rehabilitation facilities and private outpatient clinics with both children and adults. For the past ten years, she has worked in the public school system. She has collaborated with teachers and related service providers for program development and shared her experiences with peers in professional presentations.