About the Toolkit

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Autism & Learning Differences: An Active Learning Teaching Toolkit

Teaching essential skills for life, school, work, and independent living, this comprehensive and practical toolkit for educators and clinicians in their work with adolescents and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Learning Difference (LD) diagnosis. It presents tried-and-true strategies that address difficulties with social skills and Executive Function, cognitive rigidity, self-esteem issues, and more.


  • Focused chapters on skills for life, school, work, and independent living
  • Assessment strategies, including student self-assessment materials and feedback forms
  • Sections on peer-mentoring, mediation, and inclusion
  • Contributions from experts in the field, including Dr. Michael McManmon, Dr. Stephen Shore, Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Barbara Bissonnette and Jennifer Cook O’Toole
  • Photocopiable teaching materials and tips for classroom management

Drawing on over 30 years’ teaching experience at the College Internship Program (CIP), Dr. Michael P. McManmon’s toolkit is a complete curriculum for educators, clinicians, and professionals who teach or advise young adults on the ASD or LD Spectrum. It can also be used effectively by parents and individuals for self-study.

Foreword by Dr. Stephen Shore

“Ten years ago, when was invited to CIP to give a short talk on being on the autism spectrum, I was impressed by the dedication of all those involved as they set the stage for those with Autism and other Learning Differences to achieve success in higher education, independent living, and employment.

However, what was then, and continues to be, the most striking part of CIP is the positive, active, and participatory focus on helping students understand what it means to have autism and to employ those very characteristics to lead fulfilling and productive lives. In brief, this is the first program to successfully transition young adults from a deficit-based to an abilities-based model of autism and other conditions.”