Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who is the author?

Dr. Michael P. McManmon is the founder of the College Internship Program (CIP) that serves college-aged students with Learning Differences (LD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in six centers across the US. CIP’s goal is to prepare young men and young women with skills for life, college, work, and independent living. Dr. McManmon was diagnosed with an ASD (specifically, Asperger’s Syndrome with Sensory Processing Disorder) at fifty-one years of age. CIP developed the methodology and pedagogy in the book, and Dr. McManmon applies the core principals of the book to his own life.

Why did CIP and Dr. McManmon Create a Teaching Toolkit?

As Dr. McManmon travels the world, as speaker, authority, and advocate in the field, he has been asked repeatedly by educators, professionals, and parents to share CIP’s 30+ year fund of knowledge, curriculum materials, research, outcomes, and assessment strategies with others. This book is in response to these requests.

What is the focus and goal of Autism and Learning Differences: An Active Learning Teaching Toolkit?

The focus is having adolescents and young adults (ages 16-26) who have received an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) or LD (Learning Differences) diagnosis acquire four essential competencies: skills for life, school, work, and independent living through active/participatory/student-centered learning.

The goal is for these young men and women to obtain the life skills needed in order to lead happy and meaningful lives while pursuing independence, work or careers, higher education, relationships, and community integration as they begin to contribute to the wider world that surrounds them.

What else is covered in the book?

CIP’s teaching toolkit presents tried-and-true strategies that address difficulties with social skills and Executive Function, cognitive rigidity, self-esteem issues, and more.

It also includes sections on peer-mentoring, mediation, safety, and inclusion.

There is a chapter on assessing and evaluating the progress that includes student self-assessment materials and feedback forms.

The book contains many contributions from experts in the field from around the world, including Dr. Stephen Shore, Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Barbara Bissonnette, Jennifer Cook O’Toole, and many others. Additionally, 26 staff, students, and alumni from CIP contributed to the content.

How is the content delivered?

The content is delivered via materials, handouts, activities, strategies, and hands-on practical examples of active/participatory learning.

Many of the pages are photocopiable for use in classroom settings.

Who is this book intended for?

Autism and Learning Differences: An Active Learning Teaching Toolkit is a complete curriculum for educators, clinicians, and professionals who teach or advise young adults on the ASD or LD Spectrum.

The book is an outstanding resource that can also be used effectively by parents and by individuals with an ASD or LD diagnosis for self-study.