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The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults by AAPC Publishing

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The hidden curriculum includes: unwritten rules, metaphors and idioms, jokes and riddles, and assumptions and expectations -- information that is typically hidden from individuals with ASD. The hidden curriculum is made simple in the revised and expanded edition of this popular book. The authors of this book, The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults, provide hundreds of hidden curriculum items and a series of instructional strategies that can be used to teach the hidden curriculum. Instructional aids include charts, forms, and templates designed to make the job of teaching and learning the hidden curriculum more effective. Foreword by Michelle Garcia Winner.


The Hidden Curriculum clarifies exactly what cues and mores are invisible to us who have Asperger Syndrome and related disorders. In addition to individuals who have social-cognitive disorders, this is a recommended read for every muggle, excuse me, non-autistic person, who interacts with those of us on the autism spectrum.

--Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie-at-Large

Teaching the hidden curriculum of social rules is one of the most helpful things we do to support individuals with autism. We build social success by identifying the subtle rules and expectations embedded in social situations and providing guidance as to how to follow them. The Hidden Curriculum is an invaluable tool in these efforts. It tells you what to teach, how to teach it, and how to adapt your instruction to fit different situations. This book is useful for new parents, teachers, and professionals just learning how to help people with autism and remains a vital resource to experienced providers who have been working in the field for years. It is a versatile guide, applying to a wide range of situations and individuals with different needs. And this new edition contains even more curricular content, examples, and strategies to apply. It is a user-friendly, practical guide that helps us to provide the building blocks of social development.

--Jim Loomis, PhD, Center for Children with Special Needs

A few years ago, I was speaking with a friend who is on the spectrum when he noted that life would be much easier if someone would just show me the rules. With the publication of The Hidden Curriculum, Myles, Trautman, and Schelvan have done just that. Utilizing concrete examples of hidden curriculum items across myriad potential environments, the authors have provided families, professionals and persons on the spectrum with a truly practical approach to understanding the hidden rules associated with the complex social dialogue of life at home, in school and in the community. The Hidden Curriculum should be considered necessary reading.

--Peter F. Gerhardt, EdD, Gerhardt Autism/Aspergers Consultation Group, LLC


Brenda Smith Myles, PhD, is the recipient of the Autism Society of America's Outstanding Professional Award, the Princeton Fellowship Award, and the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Developmental Disabilities Burton Blatt Humanitarian Award. Brenda has made over 1500 presentations all over the world and written more than 250 articles and books on ASD. Further, in the latest survey conducted by the University of Texas, she was acknowledged as the second most productive applied researcher in ASD in the world.

Melissa L. Trautman, MsEd, is a special education teacher with several years of experience working with children with autism spectrum disorders. In addition, to co-authoring The Hidden Curriculum for Understanding Unstated Rules in Social Situations for Adolescents and Young Adults, she is the author of My New School: A Workbook to Help Students Transition to a New School and co-author of the 2011 One-a-Day Hidden Curriculum Calendar for Children.

Ronda L. Schelvan, MsEd, has worked for more than 30 years in the field of special education, including extensive experience working/supporting students and families with special needs. She has presented and consulted nationally and internationally. In addition to serving as co-chair of Southwest Washington’s Autism Consulting Cadre for 10 years, Ronda collaborated on the Autism Guidebook for Washington State. She has served as past president of the Southwest Washington Chapter of the Autism Society of Washington. Ronda also teaches classes and serves as a mentor for the Autism Outreach Project of Washington. Currently, she teaches for the Evergreen School District in Vancouver, Washington.

ISBN: 9781937473747