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Using the analogy of shifting gears on a bicycle, this three-tiered planning model, Gear Up for Success provides education teams with evidence-based practices at three different levels of intensity to address the unique challenges of students on the autism spectrum in a variety of common settings and circumstances.

Written by a special educator, speech-language pathologist, an occupational therapist, Gear Up for Success A Three-Tiered Planning Model for Supporting Learners on the Autism Spectrum not only gives an overview of evidence-based practices for teaching students with ASD, but goes a step further by helping educators understand how they can modify the delivery of those interventions based on the intensity of the student's needs, instructional group size, and other changing circumstances.


Lisa Combs, MA, CAS, has her bachelor of science and master of arts degrees in special education from Ball State University. Over the course of her 30+ year career, she has taught students with a wide range of disabilities and directed special education programs, and currently works as a consultant in autism intervention. She is a faculty member at Wright State University and has also provided professional development and training for school personnel, public and private agencies, and families through her private business, Combs Educational Consulting, Ltd. She is the author of Push to Open: A Teacher’s QuickGuide to Universal Design for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum in the General Education Classroom.

Carol Dittoe, MA, CCC-SLP, has over 30 years of experience with autism, specializing in augmentative communication and assistive technology. As a speech-language pathologist, she has worked in hospital settings as well as schools, providing evaluation and treatment recommendations for children with autism and other disabilities. She has previously worked on a regional educational assessment team. She now serves on a team that provides support to educational teams in applying evidence-based practices for teaching students on the autism spectrum in west-central Ohio.

Susan Aebker, DHS, OTR/L, graduated from Ohio State University with her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy. She received her master's degree and a doctoral degree from the University of Indianapolis where her studies focused on sensory modulation and its impact on behavior. Susan currently works on a regional autism coaching team in west-central Ohio and is an associate professor at Kettering College in their occupational therapy doctoral program.

ISBN: 9781942197188