The Power Card Strategy 2.0: Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Elisa Gagnon, Brenda Smith Myles

The Power Card Strategy 2.0
63 pages
Age Range: 3 to 10
2016
ISBN: 9781942197263

An Evidence-Based Practice.

Many researchers, parents, and autistics themselves have long understood the role of special interests in teaching and motivating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet these intense areas of knowledge have not been widely integrated into the learning activities of children on the spectrum.

This step-by-step book shows parents and educators how to help change an unwanted or inappropriate behaviour by capitalising on the special interests that characterise children and youth with Asperger Syndrome. The approach is simple, making it easy for parents and educators to use and easy for children to learn desired behaviours. A brief, motivational text related to the child's special interest or a highly admired person is combined with an illustration, which is then made into a bookmark or business card-sized "Power Card" that the child can refer to whenever needed. For younger children, the special interest or hero is incorporated into a short story.

It was author Elisa Gagnon's insightful and innovative first edition of Power Cards that helped move the use of special interests forward, promoting classroom-based research on the deep areas of knowledge and learners on the spectrum. The authors are hopeful that the second edition of this book will further inspire professionals and parents to incorporate special interests into the lives of learners on the spectrum.