Friday, July 25, 2008

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New Additions to Book Library and Learning Materials Library

These books have just been added to our Book Lending Library.


Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Practical Strategies for Teachers and Other Professionals. Northumberland County Council Communication Support Service.

Giggle Time: Establishing the Social Connection. Susan Aud Sonders.

Raising Sebastien: Realising the Potential of your Autistic Child. Choo Kah Ying.

We have also acquired several workbooks available through the Learning Materials Library for reference. Please see below.


How Would the Story End? Jean Gilliam DeGaetano. Workbook.
Using pictures and context clues to complete story events. Listening skills, visual clues, context clues, oral expression, remembering details.

Problem Solving Activities Jean Gilliam DeGaetano. Workbook.
Designed to increase awareness of choosing specific solutions to problems and the long-term results of these choices.

Inferencing Karen Clemens Warrick. Workbook.
Using context clues to infer meaning.

Mini Mysteries Remedia Publications, Inc. Workbook.
More Mini Mysteries Remedia Publications, Inc.
Works on improving reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, listening skills.

Making Inferences Remedia Publications, Inc. Workbook.
Activities to improve skills like using implied information, making assumptions, drawing conclusions, reading between the lines.

Comprehending More Complex Auditory Information Jean Gilliam DeGaetano. Workbook.
Sequencing, concrete details, subtle clues, social language.

For a full listing of available books, please see the archives, Sept 2007 post, titled Book Lending Library.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Introduction: What We Do

ANDI Initiative (Autism Network for Direct Instruction) hopes to increase options for Malaysian children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Efforts that ANDI Initiative are primarily interested in supporting are those that provide education or therapy to individuals with an ASD. A secondary area of interest are projects that benefit children whose families are in the lower-income bracket, regardless of medical diagnosis.

Current Projects / Activities

1. For parents looking for therapeutic or educational options for their children, ANDI Initiative assists in locating available service providers. ANDI Initiative does not charge parents for this referral service, nor do we accept payment from the associated service providers.

2. ANDI Initiative provides a therapy/training facility in Section 17, Petaling Jaya for therapists to teach children with autism. Although the therapists and parents contribute a nominal hourly fee to use the facility, ANDI Initiative mananges the facility and funds the bulk of the associated ongoing costs.

Some of the autism therapy teams have used the facility to hold team meetings.

Trainings for parents and therapists are also periodically held here.

The facility has been the venue of several group skills classes.

The facility has been used by consultants to provide assessments and progress reviews to children under their care. It has also been used for support group meetings for parents of children with autism.

3. ANDI Initiative is also working to increase the number of autism consultants and therapists available locally. The hope is that in doing so, the next generation of Malaysian children with autism will be able to access quality autism programmes.

4. ANDI Initiative organises trainings/workshops for parents and individuals interested in autism-related trainings. It is our firm belief that knowledge is power.

5. ANDI Initiative also supports pro bono educational talks on selected autism-related topics to organisations in the Klang Valley.

6. ANDI Initiative makes available to parents a lending library of books on autism and a Learning Materials Library.

7. ANDI Initiative continues to collaborate with other parties to offer options for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.