The following is a list of books, videos, DVDs, CDs, links and other products specifically for children with Autism and their caregivers. Please feel free to contact me with any products, services or links to websites you believe would be an asset to such families. This page will be updated as we discover or hear about new products.
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1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders (Veronica Zysk and Ellen Notbohm): A time-saver. A life-saver. Parents and professionals can now bypass countless hours spent seeking answers to the mystifying day-to-day challenges of autism. In snappy, can-do format, 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders offers page after page of try-it-now solutions that have worked for thousands of children grappling with sensory, communication, social, behavior, self-care issues and more.
Autism Spectrum Disorders from A to Z (Barbara T. Doyle M.S. and Emily Doyle Iland B.A.): This book goes step-by-step through the complex of symptoms, definitions, assessments and diagnoses of the variety of autism spectrum disorders. The authors focus on the role of the school system, parents, teachers, and medical professional, adult service providers and agencies in their analysis. The authors provide practical strategies to improve the assessment process and help the child or adult deal with the stress of the evaluations, which include everything from psychiatric or neurological audiology or visual processing. They cover the impact of the diagnosis on the individual with ASD, as well as the emotional issues and impacts on the family and other people who interact with the child/adult who's been diagnoses. Finally, they tackle the controversial issues of causes and "cures" for ASD.
Autism? Asperger's? ADHD? ADD? (Diane Drake Burns): Suspect there's something "different" about your child? This book will help you navigate those early stages of your child's life when a diagnosis is nowhere in sight and you're either totally frustrated or frightened into inaction by a vision of what may lie ahead. Written by a mother who knows--because she had an uncanny ability to avoid her son's diagnosis--this book humorously and gently prods parents into action, beginning with the chapter "Was That the Exit to 'Normal?" and "Rules of the Road," to "Time to Take Off the Gloves" and "To School or Not to School."
For those wanting to help their child's hungry brain by trying the wheat- and casein-free diet, this is an excellent cookbook. Not only will you learn the why's and how's of the diet but you'll have Mommy-tested and Kid-approved recipes. We interviewed Dana Laake, author of the book, in May 2009. We're testing out a few recipes and will share a few on the blog over the next week.
A Is For Autism, F Is For Friend by Joanna L. Keating-Velasco. This is a great book for the older or stronger reader. It's told from the voice of an 11-year old girl named Chelsea who lives with Autism. She tells the reader what it's like to live with Autism, how it 'feels' and why she may not seem interested in the things other 11-year olds are 'in' to. She wants to be friends with you but she wants you to understand her and how the world around her seems from her perspective. She tells you that she really wants to be friends but that you each need to get to know one another better first. I just loved the voice in this book. It gives the reader all the information without any of the technical stuff. This is an excellent book not only to give a child the tools/words to talk about her disorder to others, but also to get others looking beyond the surface and seeing how these children may see the world around them. GREAT book for the targeted age!!