By: Tara Delaney
More than 100 Games that Help Your Child:
- make eye contact, stay focused, and strengthen his or her motor skills
- associate words with objects and improve language and numerical skills
- learn social skills needed for attending preschool and school, including how to interact with others and taking turns.
By: Sally J. Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, Laurie A. Vismara
Cutting-edge research reveals that parents can play a huge role in helping toddlers and preschoolers with Autism Spectrum Disorder connect with others and live up to their potential. This encouraging guide from the developers of a groundbreaking early intervention program provides doable, practical strategies you can use every day. Nearly all young kids - including those with ASD - have an amazing capacity to learn. Drs. Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, and Laurie Vismara make it surprisingly simple to turn daily routines like breakfast or bath time into fun and rewarding learning experiences that target crucial developmental skills. Vivid examples illustrate proven techniques for promoting play, language, and engagement. Get an early start - and give your child to tools to explore and enjoy the world.
By: Susan Ashley
Professional Answers to 275 of the
Top Questions Parents Ask
- get your child evaluated
- develop social skills
- encourage emotional expression
- implement behaviour modification
- understand sensory sensitivity
- promote self-esteem
By: Melinda Docter and Syed Naqvi
How parents can help children with Asperger's Syndrome to grow and prosper
If you are raising a child with Asperger's Syndrome, it can be a real challenge to find answers to your questions and to follow the latest research developments while also trying to keep pace with day-to-day changes in the growth and behaviour of you child. This book comes to the rescue by combining the latest medical information and interventions with clearcut strategies to help your son or daughter at home and at school, from learning how to play with other kids to following a teacher’s instructions. Written by a medical doctor and by educator who has a son with Asperger’s, it gives you:
- A parent’s guide to diagnosis, plus information on school options, the Individual Education Plan (IEP), and assessments
- The most up-to-date scientific data on Asperger’s syndrome, including the latest neuroimaging research
- The pros and cons of available medical treatments , complementary therapies, and early intervention strategies
- Practical strategies for shaping social interactions, coping with repetitive thoughts and behaviour, addressing sensory needs or avoidance, and encouraging interests without enabling obsessions
By: Isabelle Henault
Playing the dating game is often tricky: all the more so for individuals with Asperger's Syndrome. How do AS adolescents and their families cope with sexual feelings and behaviour? What help can be given if a man with AS oversteps the mark in expressing his sexuality? How do people with AS deal with intimacy and communication in sexual relationships? In this comprehensive and unique guide, Isabelle Hénault delivers practical information and advice on issues ranging from puberty and sexual development, gender identity disorders, couples' therapy to guidelines for sex education programs and maintaining sexual boundaries. This book will prove indispensable to parents, teachers, counsellors and individuals with AS themselves.
By: Jennifer Cook O’Toole
As a parent, a teacher and an Aspie herself, Jennifer O'Toole provides the definitive insider's view of Asperger syndrome. She shows how to help children on the spectrum by understanding how they think and by exploiting their special interests to promote learning. Her strategies work because she thinks like the children that she teaches.
This exciting book is full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger syndrome. Jennifer explains how theory of mind difficulties create the need for concrete forms of communication, and provides original methods to inspire imagination through sensorial experiences. In particular she reveals the untapped power of special interests, showing how to harness these interests to encourage academic, social and emotional growth.
Affirming that different doesn't mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents, educators, and other professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.
By: Jesse A. Saperstein
The poignant, funny, and truly unique observations of a young writer diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
“Please be forewarned that you are about to read the observations and life lessons of someone who entertains himself by farting in public and conversing in gibberish with his cats.”
Thus begins the charming, insightful, and memorable story of Jesse Saperstein. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism, Jesse has struggled since childhood with many of the hallmark challenges of his condition-from social awkwardness and self-doubt to extreme difficulty with change and managing his emotions.
He has also worked hard to understand and make the most of his AS- developing his keen curiosity and sense of humor, closely observing the world around him, and most of all, helping others with AS to better cope and even thrive. Told with endearing and unflinching honesty, Jesse brings his unique perspective to the circumstances of his life and his condition.
By: Bill Nason
A toolbox for helping children with Autism feel safe, accepted, and competent
The Autism Discussion Page green book covers anxiety and stress, challenging behaviours , stretching comfort zones, discipline, and school issues. It also provides more general teaching and mentoring strategies for coaching children on the autism spectrum in basic daily living strategies to improve their day-to-day lives.
Based on posts on the popular online community page and organized by subject for ease of reference, this book offers an excellent understanding of how children with Autism process and experience the world and effective strategies for coping with the challenges.
By: Bill Nason
A toolbox for helping children with Autism feel safe, accepted, and competent
The Autism Discussion Page blue book focuses on the core challenges associated with autism (cognitive, sensory, social, and emotional) and provides concise, accessible information , and simple tools for supporting children with these vulnerabilities.
Based on posts on the popular online community page and organized by subject for ease of reference, this book offers an excellent understanding of how children with Autism process and experience the world, and effective strategies for coping with the challenges.
By: Tony Attwood
The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome is the definitive handbook for anyone affected by Asperger's syndrome (AS). Now including a new introduction explaining the impact of DSM-5 on the diagnosis and approach to AS, it brings together a wealth of information on all aspects of the syndrome for children through to adults.
Drawing on case studies and personal accounts from Attwood's extensive clinical experience, and from his correspondence with individuals with AS, this book is both authoritative and extremely accessible.
Essential reading for families and individuals affected by AS as well as teachers, professionals and employers coming in contact with people with AS, this book should be on the bookshelf of anyone who needs to know or is interested in this complex condition.
* causes and indications of the syndrome
* the diagnosis and its effect on the individual
* theory of mind
* the perception of emotions in self and others
* social interaction, including friendships
* long-term relationships
* teasing, bullying and mental health issues
* the effect of AS on language and cognitive abilities, sensory sensitivity, movement and co-ordination skills
* career development.
There is also an invaluable frequently asked questions chapter and a section listing useful resources for anyone wishing to find further information on a particular aspect of AS, as well as literature and educational tools.
By: Richard Bromfield
This book is packed with strategies, insights, and points to remember in order to address common areas of difficulty, including creating a safe space, quieting sensory overload, quelling anxiety, connecting to feelings, promoting friendship, and feeding creativity. One chapter devoted to girls with Asperger’s describes how to see and connect with the child in order to better meet her needs, and the author also considers the ways in which other children might view and treat the child with Asperger’s, and gives tried-and-tested advice on how a positive difference can be made, and what really works.
By: Daniel Franklin
Strategies to Succeed in School & Life with Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD & Processing Disorders
This practical guide offers a groundbreaking approach to transcending language-based learning disabilities. You’ll discover how a secure relationship between you and your child can optimize his or her learning ability by enhancing motivation, reducing anxiety, and triggering neuroplasticity. You’ll also learn strategies for navigating school, home life, and your child’s future. Every child is unique. With this book, you’ll be able to help your child succeed, in the classroom and beyond.
By: Pamela Compart and Dana Laake
This special diet has become an essential step of treatment for families struggling with autism and ADHD. And these recipes for gluten- and casein-free foods, meals, and snacks are simple to prepare and yummy – making it easier than ever to please kids who have behavioural or developmental challenges, or are just picky eaters.
By: Fern Sussman
Parent’s Guide to
Building Interaction and Language Skills for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Social Communication Difficulties
An invaluable resource for both parents and professionals, More Than Words offers practical, research-based strategies to promote the social and communication development of young children with autism spectrum disorder or other social communication difficulties. By translating the research into a user-friendly approach, this step-by-step Hanen guidebook shows parents how to turn everyday conversations and activities with their child into rich opportunities for building social interaction and communication.
By: Carol Gray
Over 180 Social Stories -
That Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children and Young Adults with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and Their Peers
Featuring Ideas Such As:
mistakes can happen on a good day
it was fun but now we’re done
when it is my turn to listen
saying what i think with respect
learning to respond to bullying
telling my teacher about a problem
fire drills at school
moving to a new home
and dozens more!
By: Carol Stock Kranowitz
Does your Child Exhibit...
- over-responsivity or under-responsivity to touch or movement?
- over-responsivity or under-responsivity to sounds, sights, taste, or smell?
- cravings for sensation?
- poor sensory discrimination?
- unusually high or low activity level?
- problems with posture or motor coordination?
These are often the first clues to Sensory Processing Disorder - a common but frequently misdiagnosed problem in which the central nervous system misinterprets messages from the senses. The Out-of-Sync Child offers comprehensive, clear information for parents and professionals - and a drug-free treatment approach for children.
This revised edition includes new sections on vision and hearing, picky eaters, and coexisting disorders such as autism and Asperger’s syndrome, among other topics.
By: Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson
Asperger’s Syndrome is a form of autism—but with the right guidance, these children can go on to live happy, fulfilling lives.
In Parenting Your Asperger Child, Dr. Alan Sohn’s and Cathy Grayson’s groundbreaking Cognitive Social Integration Therapy (CSIT) offers practical solutions that help parents prepare their children for a fulfilling life of social interaction outside the confines of their syndrome, addressing such topics as:
– The six characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome
– How to identify a child’s type of Asperger’s—and the best approaches for dealing with it
– Understanding how an Asperger’s child sees and interprets the world
– Replacing inappropriate coping techniques with productive skills
– How to survive and learn from a crisis
– How school programs can aid in teaching Asperger children – Making changes that last.
By: Patricia Romanowski Bashe
The definitive resource for teaching kids with Asperger syndrome the life skills that build independence, confidence, and self-esteem.
Children with autism spectrum disorders learn differently. Our kids' choices are too often limited and their paths to success restricted, not by a lack of intellectual ability but by deficits in acquiring, applying, and generalizing basic life skills. Success in school, at home, on the playground, and beyond depends on mastering countless basic living skills that most other kids just "pick up" almost by osmosis.
This book shows parents how to teach these so-called easy skills to complex learners. This is the first book for parents and caregivers of kids with Asperger syndrome and similar learning profiles that features strategies based on applied behavior analysis--the most widely accepted, evidence-based, and effective teaching method for learners with ASDs--including how to:
-Identify critical skills appropriate for your child's age--how to teach them and why
-Implement new techniques that can replace, mimic, prompt, override, or impose missing order on your child's learning style
-Design a curriculum for your child that reduces reliance on prompts (including parents) and promotes new learning, new behaviors, and independence.
By: Tara Delaney
Practical Answers to the Top 250 Questions Parents Ask
- what are the signs?
- is it related to Autism?
- what are the treatment options?
- can my child receive therapy at school?
By: Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve
Meant to be read with a parent, it addresses big questions (“What is ASD?” “Why me?”). and provides strategies for communicating, making friends, and succeeding in school. A section on body and brain basics highlights symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, toileting, and ”stims”. Special emphasis is placed on helping children handle intense emotions and behaviours and get support from their “team of helpers“ when needed. Filled with quotes and stories from real kids, the book also offers helpful facts, checklists, dialogues, and resources.
By: Fern Sussman
Even after they’ve learned to talk, children aged 3 to 7 with Asperger’s Syndrome, mild Autism or social difficulties face special communication challenges. To have real ‘talk ability’ , children have to understand the meaning behind the words by tuning in to the thoughts and feelings of other people.
Parents and professionals have long sought a down-to-earth guide on how to help these children develop the people skills that make it possible to engage in real conversations and connect well with others. Talkability answers this need with a wealth of practical strategies that parents can build into their child’s everyday life. These strategies help children gain both the social and special language abilities necessary for successful conversations and friendships.
By: William Stillman
You've heard about cases of Asperger's, or perhaps have known a child with the syndrome. Now you've learned that your child has Asperger's-what do you do?
Let these two Asperger's experts guide you through the basic information you need to know to help your child. In this straightforward and helpful book, you will learn how to:
Get the right diagnosis and understand the results
Determine the best options for education
Help your child learn to socialize with other kids
Avoid sensory overload by recognizing triggers
When Your Child Has . . . Asperger's Syndrome defines the syndrome in clear and complete terms that will help you help your child. Now, you can understand your child's needs and help him or her lead a happy and successful life.
By: Naoki Higashida
The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism. The Reason I Jump is a one-of-a-kind book that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within. Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to ask. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What‘s the reason you jump?” With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.
By: Naoki Higashida
Naoki Higashida shares his thoughts and experiences as a young man living each day with severe autism. In short, powerful chapters, he explores school memories, family relationships, the exhilaration of travel, and the difficulties of speech. He also allows readers to experience profound moments we take for granted, like the thought-steps necessary for him to register that it’s raining outside. Acutely aware of how strange his behaviour can appear to others, he aims throughout to foster a better understanding of autism and to encourage society to see people with disabilities as people, not as problems.
By: Jo Bailey
How A Mischievious Pig Transformed the Life of my Autistic Son
By: Kristine Bartlett
A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius
Kristine Barnett’s son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s. At nine, he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that many believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize. At age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But Jake’s story is all the more remarkable because when he was diagnosed with autism at age two, Kristine was told he might never be able to tie his own shoes.
The Spark is a remarkable memoir of a mother who, against the advice of the ‘experts’ , followed her instincts, pulled her son out of special ed, and began preparing him for mainstream kindergarten on her own. Kristine resolved to follow Jake’s ‘spark’ - his passionate interests. Why concentrate on what he couldn’t do? Why not focus on what he could do? The results were beyond anything anyone could have imagined. Dramatic, inspiring, and transformative, The Spark is about the power of love and courage in the face of overwhelming obstacles, and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we learn how to tap the true potential that lies within every child, and in all of us.
By: Barry M. Prizant
Autism is not an illness. It’s a different way of being human. Autistic children and adults progress through developmental stages as we all do. To help them, we don’t need to “fix” them. We need to understand them and then change ourselves - our beliefs, attitudes, and actions.
By: Barry M. Prizant
By: Jodi Picoult
Jacob’s behaviors are hallmark Asperger’s, – not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate affect – can look a heck of a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel — and suddenly, Jacob finds himself accused of murder.
Suddenly the Hunt family, who only want to fit in, are directly in the spotlight. For Jacob’s mother, Emma, it’s a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it’s another indication why nothing is normal because of Jacob.
And over this small family, the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?
By: Dr. Rebecca Landa
With its 101 stories from other parents and experts, this book will comfort, encourage, and uplift parents of children with autism and Asperger’s.
If you are the parent of a child – from newborn to college age – with autism or Asperger’s, you will find support, advice, and insight in these 101 stories from other parents and experts. Stories cover everything from the serious side and the challenges, to the lighter side and the positives, of having a special child on the autism spectrum.
By: Judith Newman
Judith’s story of her son and his bond with Siri was an unusual tribute to technology. While many worry that our electronic gadgets are dumbing us down, she reveals that they can give voice to some, including children with autism, like Gus, who has trouble looking people in the eye, hops when he’s happy and connects with inanimate objects on an empathetic level.
To Siri with Love is a collection of funny, poignant and uplifting stories about an extraordinary child who has helped his parent see and experience the world differently. From the charming (Gus weeping with sympathy for the buses that sat unused while bus drivers were on strike) to the painful (paying $22,000 for a behaviourist to teach Gus how to use a urinal) to the humorous (Gus’s insistence on getting naked during all meals, whether at home or not, because he didn’t want to get his clothes dirty) to the profound (the way an automated assistant helped a boy learn to communicate with the rest of the world), the stories in To Siri with Love open our eyes to the magic and challenges of a life beyond the ordinary.