We are delighted to share that Ilene Schwartz, BCBA-D has supported and endorsed our work!
In addition to being a published author, Dr. Ilene Schwartz is a professor in the Area of Special Education at the University of Washington and the Director of the Haring Center for Research and Training in Education at UW. She earned her Ph.D. in child and developmental psychology from the University of Kansas and is a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA-D). Dr. Schwartz has an active research and professional training agenda with primary interests in the area of autism, inclusive education, and the sustainability of educational interventions. She serves on a number of editorial review boards including the Topics in Early Childhood Special Education and the Journal of Early Intervention. Dr. Schwartz is the director of Project DATA, a model preschool program for children with autism that has been in operation since 1997; and is currently involved in research projects examining the efficacy of the Project DATA model with toddlers and preschoolers with autism.
"Currently 1 in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a life-long neurodevelopmental disorder. That means that almost every child in the US attends school with a peer with ASD, attends an extra-curricular (e.g., Scouts or sports) with a child with ASD, or attends religious school with a child with ASD.
Although the prevalence of ASD has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, knowledge about ASD in the general public has not.
Helping adults learn more about ASD and providing them with appropriate information to share with children is an important first step in creating a society that values, supports, and respects people with ASD and other disabilities."
Ilene continues by saying:
"Meet the A-Team is a lovely book for children and adults that explains ASD in a manner that is accurate, interesting, and engaging. While providing information about ASD, Ms. Butorac introduces us to five children with ASD who bring their individual strengths, areas of need, preferences, and quirks with them to school every day. These children help all of us learn more about what ASD is and how it affects children at school and in the community. I am so happy to meet the A-Team and I look forward to sharing this book with my students and their families."
A big thank you to Ilene, we value your work and appreciate your thoughtful endorsement and important information for educators and families!
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