The Five Umbrellas: A Strength-Based Framework for Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, & Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

The Five Umbrellas: A Strength-Based Framework for Asperger’s, High Functioning Autism, & Non-Verbal Learning Disorder

A new book from John M. Ortiz, Ph.D.

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“The Five Umbrellas” introduces a system of practical strategies based on over twenty years of research and practice with these unique populations. The framework enables the caretaker to design thousands of individualized visual, tactile, and auditory strategies based on each person’s strengths and presenting challenges.

This unique, comprehensive guidebook can be used by both professionals and lay-persons as a flexible blueprint aimed at almost any challenge associated with AS, HFA and NLD. Rather than a collection of exercises “The Five Umbrellas” provides a multi-faceted method of intervention for achieving short and long-term success with children, teens & adults at home, school, work, and other “everyday-world” settings.

“The Five Umbrellas” features:

Umbrella 1: The 10-S’s

  • strengths
  • self-esteem
  • stress-management
  • structure
  • sensory challenges
  • special topics
  • self-regulation
  • support
  • social skills
  • & sleep

Umbrella 2: The “Five-Point-W” Method

  • what/who/which, where, where & how

Umbrella 3: Rules

Umbrella 4: Learning Styles

Umbrella 5: Underlying Theories (practical understanding and everyday application of the primary theories underlying AS, HFA and NLD)

Bonus sections:

  • Designing Sensory Friendly Ecosystems
  • Designing and conducting 6, 12, 24, and 48-week social skills groups
  • Using Acronyms and Mnemonics

CD-Rom
“The Five Umbrellas” book includes a CD-ROM containing over 400 pages of printer-friendly figures, graphics and forms designed to complement the book’s group and individual exercises.

Five Umbrellas book and CD-ROM: $45 + 3.50 shipping