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Recommended reading

Page history last edited by Jess Ledbetter 6 years, 2 months ago

Here are some recommended resources about autism and families affected by special needs:

Note: If you have any books you no longer need, we would love to have them donated to our Classroom Loaning Library!

 

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder

Author: Carol Stock Kranowicz

Recommended by: Jess Ledbetter

Brief description: The Out-of-Sync Child broke new ground by identifying 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 Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders

Author: Carol Stock Kranowicz

Recommended by: Jess Ledbetter

Brief description: Each activity in this inspiring and practical book is SAFE—Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun and Easy—to help develop and organize a child’s brain and body. Whether your child faces challenges with touch, balance, movement, body position, vision, hearing, smell, and taste, motor planning, or other sensory problems, this book presents lively and engaging ways to bring fun and play to everyday situations.

 

 

 

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Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism

Author: Temple Grandin, PhD.

Recommended by: Jess Ledbetter

Brief description: Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock-handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism because she is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us. In this unprecedented book, Grandin writes from the dual perspectives of a scientist and an autistic person. She tells us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism to function in the outside world. What emerges is the document of an extraordinary human being, one who gracefully bridges the gulf between her condition and our own while shedding light on our common identity.

 

 

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The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's

Author: Temple Grandin, PhD.

Recommended by: Jess Ledbetter

Brief description: In this innovative book, Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and a great deal of research.

 

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Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World

Author: Sy Montgomery (Foreword by Temple Grandin)

Brief Description: This compelling biography complete with Temple’s personal photos takes us inside her extraordinary mind and opens the door to a broader understanding of autism.
 

 

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Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism

Author: Carly Fleischmann

Recommended by: Jess Ledbetter

Brief description: At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough using a computer to type her thoughts. Although Carly still struggles with all the symptoms of autism, which she describes with uncanny accuracy and detail, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family, her therapists, and the many thousands of people who follow her via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

 

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We have the book or a CD of mp3 files.

 

All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa

Author: Kim Stagliano

Recommended by: Josie Morzella

Brief description: How one woman raises three autistic daughters, loses one at Disney world, stays married, has sex, bakes gluten-free, goes broke, and keeps her sense of humor...This is Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s journey raising three daughters with autism. Always outspoken, often touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a powerful new voice in comedic writing—her “Kimoir” (as she calls it) is the next must-read within the autism community and the literary world at large. 24 full-color photographs.

 

 

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I Wish I Were Engulfed in Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys with Autism

Author: Jeni Decker

Recommended by: Josie Morzella

Brief description: Jeni Decker is five-foot nothing and one hundred and [redacted] pounds—a self described roly-poly, forty-something, Reubenesque bon-bon of a gal, often called cute but never sexy. She has two sons with autism on opposite ends of the spectrum (Jake and Jaxson), a husband who prefers hunting to household chores, an Australian Shepherd named Sugar, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. This is her story—a brash, personal, and some-times shocking memoir of one woman’s determination to raise two healthy kids with autism and keep her sanity in the process.

 

 

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Not My Boy!

Author: Rodney Peete

Recommended by: Josie Morzella

Brief description: In Not My Boy!, Rodney Peete offers not only a heartrending, candid look inside his personal journey with his son's autism but a first-of-its-kind, inspirational road map that will help families facing similar challenges to move forward. Effectively woven throughout Peete's moving account of his life with his son R.J. are the powerful voices, insights, and dreams of other fathers, high-profile figures as well as unsung heroes, who've traveled this difficult path.

 

 

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A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism: Stories of Hope and Everyday Success

Author: Colleen Sell 

Recommended by: Josie Morzella 

Brief description: A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism is a collection of inspiring true stories that relates the strength, love, and devotion families like yours draw on daily. These heartwarming tales will connect you to other devoted and courageous parents, while giving light to your blessing-your child.

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Making Peace with Autism: One Family's Story of Struggle, Discovery, and Unexpected Gifts

Author: Susan Senator

Recommended by: Josie Morzella

Brief description: Receiving a diagnosis of autism is a major crisis for parents and families, who often feel as if their world has come to an end. In this insightful narrative, a courageous and inspiring mother explains why a diagnosis of autism doesn't have to shatter a family's dreams of happiness. Senator offers the hard-won, in-the-trenches wisdom of someone who's been there and is still there today—and she demonstrates how families can find courage, contentment, and connection in the shadow of autism.

 

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Louder Than Words

Author: Jenny McCarthy

Recommended by: Josie Morzella 

Brief description:  When her son was diagnoses with autism, Jenny McCarthy spoke with many doctors, parents, governmental agencies, private foundations, and essentially earned a Phd in “Google Research.” At last, she discovered an intense combination of behavioral therapy, diet, and supplements that became the key to saving Evan from autism. Jenny does more than just reveal the winning formula that worked for Evan. Her story shares the frustrations and joys of raising an autistic child and shows how with love and determination a parent can shape their child’s life and happiness.

 

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Mother Warriors

Author: Jenny McCarthy

Recommended by: Josie Morzella 

Brief description: As the companion to Louder Than Words, Jenny McCarthys next book will be a must-read for every parent of an autistic child and will share stories of hope and recovery from parents of autistic children around the country, as well as the next chapter in Jenny and her son Evans story.

 

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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Children's Vaccinations

Author: Stephanie Cave and Deborah Mitchell

Recommended by: Josie Morzella 

Brief description: This is an essential guide for parents about vaccinations. Dr. Stephanie Cave explains their pros and cons and the book provides information to help parents make a knowledgeable, responsible choice about vaccinating their children.

 

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Evidence of Harm

Author: David Kirby

Recommended by: Josie Morzella 

Brief description: Evidence of Harm explores the heated controversy over what many parents, physicians, public officials, and educators have called an "epidemic" of afflicted children. Following several families, David Kirby traces their struggle to understand how and why their once-healthy kids rapidly descended into silence or disturbed behavior, often accompanied by severe physical illness.  This book shows a medical establishment determined to deny "evidence of harm" that might be connected with thimerosal and mercury in vaccines.

 

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The ADHD Autism Connection: A Step Toward More Accurate Diagnosis and Effective Treatment

Author: Diane Kennedy

Recommended by: Josie Morzella 

Brief description: Attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) is one of the most rapidly growing diagnoses of our generation. Often the diagnosis fails to provide real help, leaving patients, doctors, and families at a loss to know what to do next. But for the first time ever, new insights into the overwhelming number of similarities between Autism and ADHD are giving those with ADHD genuine hope.

 

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Nobody Nowhere

Author: Donna Williams 

Recommended by: Josie Morzella 

Brief description: Nobody Nowhere is disturbing, eloquent and ticklishly funny: it is an account of the soul of someone who lived the word `autism` and survived in an unsympathetic environment despite intense inner chaos and incomprehension. It describes how, against the odds, Donna came to live independently, achieve a place at university, and write this remarkable autobiography. It is now an international bestseller, sold in over 14 languages throughout the world. This is a book that will stay with you as one of the most exceptional works you will ever read.

 

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Somebody Somewhere: Breaking Free From the World of Autism

Author: Donna Williams

Brief Description:  In the acclaimed sequel to Nobody Nowhere--in which Donna Williams gives readers a guided tour of life with autism--Williams explores the four years since her diagnosis and her attempts to leave her "world under glass" and live normally.

   

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Children with Autism: A Parent's Guide

Editor: Michael D. Powers 

Recommended by: Josie Morzella

Brief description: 

From the new parent coping with a child's recent diagnosis to one who's an experienced advocate, this book is a must-have reference. It is a trusted, respected source of information on autism and the other conditions within the spectrum of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). This book covers a multitude of special concerns, including daily and family life, early intervention, educational programs, legal rights, advocacy, and a look at the years ahead with a chapter on adults with autism.

 

 

 

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ADHD: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children, Adolescents, and Adults

Author: Paul H Wender, MD 

Recommended by: Josie Morzella

Brief description: Paul Wender began his career treating children with ADHD 37 years ago and has treated adults with the disorder for almost 30 years. His exhaustive research and insight gained from clinical practice led to the first book about ADHD in children (Minimal Brain Dysfunction in Children, 1971). Continuing research revealed that in many instances ADHD persisted into adult life, and that adult ADHD included symptoms that were not present in childhood. He presents the definitive resource on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

 

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I Break for Meltdowns: How to Handle the Most Exasperating Behavior of a 2 to 5 year old

Author: Michelle Nicholasen and Barbara O'Neal

Brief Description:  This book offers parents welcome relief: an annotated listing of all the exasperating things little kids do and step-by-step advice on how to handle each situation. From “Public Meltdowns” to “In Search of Sleep” to “Dinner Disasters,” this book covers every bugaboo by category-including biting, teeth-brushing, refusal to wear a coat, and what to do when your youngster won’t hug Aunt Marge. Handy action points, suggested language, and “Been There” sidebars point the way to resolution. Infused with funny, often commiserating advice, this is an invaluable resource for parents who try their darnedest but need a cheat-sheet for when they’re stumped by their willful tots.

   

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A Regular Guy: Growing Up With Autism (A Family's Story of Love and Acceptance)

Author: Laura Shumaker 

Recommended by: Amy Hummell

Brief description: This is a memoir about life with an autistic son, Matthew, written from his mother s perspective. It answers the many questions that people have about autism through the story of Matthew's life spanning from babyhood to young adulthood. A Regular Guy illustrates the many ways in which family, friends and strangers are touched by Matthew's desperate desire to be a regular guy, and how his brutal honesty and social awkwardness bring out the best and worst in people in touching and humorous ways. In turn, A Regular Guy leads readers to love and accept Matthew, quirks and all, and inspires them to understand and tolerate the differences in others.

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The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnoses, Treatment, Coping, and Healing

Author: Karen Siff Exkorn

Recommended by: Amy Hummell

Brief description: When Karen Siff Exkorn's son, Jake, was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to pull together comprehensive information about the disorder. Fortunately, she was able to educate herself quickly, and her extensive at-home treatment of her son led to his amazing full recovery. But the journey wasn't easy, and now, in The Autism Sourcebook, Siff Exkorn offers parents the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning.

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Teach Me How to Say It Right: Helping Your Child with Articulation Problems

Author: Dorothy P Doughtery

Brief description: This book helps parents decide whether the sound errors their child is experiencing are developmental and within normal limits for their age. The book offers a range of strategies to employ when a child does need some extra help to work through a particular speech difficulty. The book also addresses the emotions parents deal with and devotes a chapter to signs and symptoms of other common communication problems that may co-exist.

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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

Author: Ellen Notbohm

Brief Description: Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book in their back pocket. Framed with both humor and compassion, the book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. 

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Boy Alone: A Brother's Memoir

Author: Karl Taro Greenfled

Brief Description: Boy Alone is Karl Taro Greenfeld's unforgettable memoir of growing up with a brother who had autism, revealing the complex mix of rage, confusion, and love that defined the author's childhood—a beautiful, haunting, and wholly original exploration of what it means to be a family, a brother, a person. 

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Act Early Against Autism: Give Your Child a Fighting Chance from the Start

Author: Jayne Lytel

Brief Description: Jayne Lytel was a successful syndicated columnist when her son Leo was diagnosed with autism. Using her reporting skills to better understand her son's health issues, she helped Leo gain essential abilities. After four years of therapy, he no longer meets the diagnostic criteria for autism, attends a mainstream school, and is a thriving, healthy child. Act Early Against Autism is a practical and empowering guide for parents on how early intervention can change their child's future.

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101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger's, and Sensory Disorders

Author: Tara Delaney, M.S., OTR

Brief Description: This is a book of practical games, exercises, and activities specially chosen or designed to enhance sensory integration and development in children with sensory processing disorders. The games are interactive, easy stimulating, and fun. 

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The New Social Story Book

Author: Carol Gray

Brief Description: Social Stories provide REAL social understanding! Carol Gray developed the Social Story in 1991 to promote social understanding in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Now, nearly twenty years after their inception, Social Stories have become a standard approach for teachers and parents all over the globe, and the stories are more effective than ever! 

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Seeing Ezra: A Mother's Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal

Author: Kerry Cohen

Brief Description: Powerful and eye-opening, Seeing Ezra is an inspirational chronicle of a mother’s struggle to protect her son from a system that seeks to compartmentalize and “fix” him, and of her journey toward accepting and valuing him for who he is—just as he is. 

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Books to read aloud to kids  

You Can Go to the Potty

Author: William Sears, Martha Sears, & Christie Watts Kelly 

Illustrator: Renee Andriana

Brief description: You Can Go to the Potty clearly introduces the basic steps of toilet learning in a natural, non-pressured way. Written by the authors of the acclaimed Sears Parenting Library, it features reassuring text and lively, full-color illustrations.

 

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The Autism Acceptance Book: Being A Friend to Someone with Autism

Author:  Ellen Sobin

Recommended by: Amy Hummell

Brief description: This is an interactive, educational and character-building book that introduces children to the challenges faced by people with autism while also supporting their personal journey toward appreciating and respecting people's differences. The 62-page spiral-bound book offers educational information, conversation-starters, and engaging exercises that invite children to “walk in someone else's shoes” as they learn to treat others the same ways they would like to be treated themselves. 

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Waiting for Benjamin: A Story About Autism

Author: Alexandra Jessup Altman Ill: Susan Keeter 

Brief Description: Alexander's little brother, Benjamin, doesn't do things the way Alexander thinks he should. He would rather stare at the wall than play with Alexander. As time passes and each boy grows, Alexander discovers that Benjamin isn't just his brother-he is also his friend.

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Autism and Me: Sibling Stories

Compiled by: Ouisie Shapiro 

Brief Description: Ouisie Shapiro's inspiring book shows how children - and all of us - can grow in wisdom, acceptance, and love.  Steven Vote's warm photos capture the rich emotional life of these amazing families.

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Russell's World: A Story for Kids About Autism

Author: Charles A Amenta III Ill. Monika Pollak 

Brief Description: Step into Russell's World for an inside look at a real-life family as they share their photos and stories. Kids can see just what Russell and his family experience as well as the surprises and challenges that can come with autism.

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Some Kids Have Autism

Author: Martha E.H. Rustad 

Brief Description: Simple text and photographs describe children with autism, their challenges and adaptations, and their everyday activities

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Magazines

Magazine: The Autism File

See the website for this magazine at: http://www.autismfile.com/

Issues available from our classroom loaning library are:

  • Feb-March 2012. Cover topics: Siblings Speak Up; Keeping Them Safe; Home Makovers; Autism Assistance Dogs; Foodborne Toxins  
  • June-July 2012. Cover topics: Get-Away Guide; Sleep-5 Easy Solutions; Breakthrough Vision Therapy 
  • Aug-Sept 2012. Cover topics: Life After High School; APP City-Devices and Software; Breakthrough Harvard Calling--Science of Autism 
  • Oct-Nov 2012. Cover topics: Boost Creativity--transform your child; Engage the Brain; Lift the Spirit--Discovering art museums, camps, therapies  
  • Dec-Jan 2013. Cover topics: 40 Super Gifts that Avoid Sensory Overload, Stress-free family fun: Coping Strategies that Work, Making Holiday Treats (Gluten and Caseine free)

 

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