AUTISM IS: The Interactive Classroom Experience
(An evidence-based curriculum for General Education K-12)
Why This Matters
…we welcome you to explore and enjoy our materials: a documentary film, three short films, public service announcement, accompany lesson plans and overall ideas for supporting, loving and building life-long understanding and friendships for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Through Terrence Patridge, the star of the documentary Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence’s Path, we learn about the diagnosis of Autism, and the gifts that come along with the introduction of amazing teachers, peers, and music.
Although the awareness of Autism as a disability is increasing, there is still a great need in our schools and communities to support the students with ASD who struggle to make friendships with understanding peers. Our curriculum, Autism Is: The Interactive Classroom Experience, may be used in whole or in part to advance the understanding, the need for direct instruction and support, and develop meaningful friendships through peer awareness and training. The power behind this is the magic in Terrence and many kids with ASD. These unique individuals may communicate in different ways, but nonetheless bring smiles and warmth whenever you are near them.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Therese Davis, B.A. Public Relations, USC School of Journalism. Therese earned her M.A. in Counseling Psychology and her M.F.A. in Creative writing from National University. She co-wrote and was featured in “Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence’s Path”, which chronicle’s her son Terrence’s journey with Autism, hope and music. Therese is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Dr. Grace Fantaroni
Dr. Grace Fantaroni is a Professor of Special Education at Point Loma Nazarene University. Prior to becoming an Autism and Educational Specialist, she taught students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Intellectual Disabilities.
Dr. Karen Kass
Dr. Kass, Ph.D. Yeshiva University, Masters Degree NYU, Baccalaureate Degree, Hofstra University. Dr. Kass specializes in Education, Special Education, Human Development and Psychology. She is a Board Certified Educational Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Dr. Michael Berlin
Ph.D., Psychology & Education, Yeshiva University. Educator and Gerontologist, he has worked in Hospice, Riker’s Island Prison and Drug Rehab. Dr. Berlin, a longtime film and TV writer/producer has worked on numerous shows and features including Miami Vice, Cagney & Lacey and MacGyver and has written and Executive Produced Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence’s Path.
B.A. in Business Administration & Economics University of Redlands. Whether his team’s films are screened in the classroom, professional/medical organization, or a spiritual center – his passion is to help those impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder through heightening awareness and promoting inclusion. Director/Executive Producer Bass Clef Bliss: Terrence’s Path and Autism On The Border: Mother Warriors. Executive Producer El Abuelo and With Me.
Dr. Joshua Feder, MD
Child and family psychiatrist who develops programs to support child development and resilience. Dr. Feder does research, develops technology, and he is active in policy advocacy on mental health and education.
- Joshua D. Feder, MD, Child and Family Psychiatry https://www.joshuafedermd.com
- Editor in Chief, The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report https://www.thecarlatreport.com
- Author, The Child Medication Fact Book for Psychiatric Practice. Carlat Publishing, 2018.
- Medical Director, SymPlay Family Games for Autism, a division, of Quicksilver Software, Inc.
- Adjunct Professor, Infant and Early Childhood Development, Fielding Graduate University