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Almost Autism

Author : Maria Hong
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Learn what causes sensory processing disorder, and how you can recover your child from it.

Where Does Autism Come From the Theory of Almost I

Author : Cooper R. Woodard
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The origin of Autism Spectrum Disorder has eluded researchers for many years. While it has clear genetic factors, these only account for a small part of why this disorder emerges in some children and not others. Without a good understanding of where this disorder comes from, how can practitioners build effective treatments? This book describes a theory that was first published in 2011, and since has been expanded upon and developed into a treatment for young children on the spectrum: The Meta-play Method. The original theory suggests that autism is the result of an altered or impaired developmental trajectory, resulting from the young child identifying with "part" objects rather than "whole" people. To get the child on a more typical developmental trajectory, the Meta-play Method shifts attention back to people.But to understand the intervention, you must first understand the theory it is based on and the hypothesized origins of this unusual disorder. Once you understand how our ability to "think about" is developed and not a given ability, you will see how living without this ability can create the disorder we call autism. You will have a better appreciation for many things including your own concept of self or "I," and insight into the challenging autistic world of "Almost I."

I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder

Author : Sarah Kurchak
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Sarah Kurchak is autistic. She hasn’t let that get in the way of pursuing her dream to become a writer, or to find love, but she has let it get in the way of being in the same room with someone chewing food loudly, and of cleaning her bathroom sink. In I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder, Kurchak examines the Byzantine steps she took to become “an autistic success story,” how the process almost ruined her life and how she is now trying to recover. Growing up undiagnosed in small-town Ontario in the eighties and nineties, Kurchak realized early that she was somehow different from her peers. She discovered an effective strategy to fend off bullying: she consciously altered nearly everything about herself—from her personality to her body language. She forced herself to wear the denim jeans that felt like being enclosed in a sandpaper iron maiden. Every day, she dragged herself through the door with an elevated pulse and a churning stomach, nearly crumbling under the effort of the performance. By the time she was finally diagnosed with autism at twenty-seven, she struggled with depression and anxiety largely caused by the same strategy she had mastered precisely. She came to wonder, were all those years of intensely pretending to be someone else really worth it? Tackling everything from autism parenting culture to love, sex, alcohol, obsessions and professional pillow fighting, Kurchak’s enlightening memoir challenges stereotypes and preconceptions about autism and considers what might really make the lives of autistic people healthier, happier and more fulfilling.

How to Prevent Autism

Author : Dara Berger
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The statistics are alarming and become more so every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an autism spectrum disorder, making it one of the fastest growing developmental disorders in the United States. Further, the CDC estimates that parents with a child on the autism spectrum can have nearly a 20 percent chance of having a second child with autism. In How to Prevent Autism, Dara Berger shares her personal journey with autism. She describes everything that went wrong with her son that led to an autism diagnosis and everything she did differently to prevent her daughter from suffering the same fate. She interviews eight well-known ASD experts--including doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and scientists--about the factors that have led to the growing epidemic of autism. Based on the best practices for preventing autism in children, each professional offers perspectives grounded in their own research and their patients’ improvements. The book covers every detail--from the importance of mothers’ cleaning out their bodies preconception, through common genetic mutations that may put children at risk, to the crucial role of nutrition in prevention. All parents agree that every choice counts when it comes to the health of their children. As Dara Berger makes clear in this personal, informative, and authoritative book, the stakes could not be higher when it comes to autism.

Autism and Learning Differences

Author : Michael McManmon
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Teaching essential skills for life, school, work, and independent living, this comprehensive and practical toolkit supports educators and clinicians in their work with adolescents and young adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or Learning Difference (LD) diagnosis. It presents tried-and-true strategies that address difficulties with social skills and Executive Function, cognitive rigidity, self-esteem issues, and more. It includes: - Focused chapters on skills for life, school, work, and independent living - Photocopiable teaching materials and tips for classroom management - Sections on peer-mentoring, mediation, and inclusion - Assessment strategies, including student self-assessment materials and feedback forms - Contributions from experts in the field, including Dr. Stephen Shore, Liane Holliday Willey, Dr. Brenda Smith Myles, Barbara Bissonnette and Jennifer Cook O'Toole. Drawing on over 30 years' teaching experience at the College Internship Program (CIP), Dr. Michael P. McManmon's toolkit is a complete curriculum for educators, clinicians, and professionals who teach or advise young adults on the ASD or LD Spectrum. It can also be used effectively by parents and individuals for self-study.

Comorbid Conditions Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Author : Johnny L. Matson
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This book presents the similarities and intersections between Autism Spectrum Disorders and comorbid conditions in children. It describes the prevalence and magnitude of comorbid conditions occurring in conjunction with ASD that complicate diagnosis and can potentially lead to inappropriate treatment and negative outcomes. It addresses the strengths and limitations of age-appropriate assessment measures as well as activity and motor skill measurement methods. Specific comorbid disorders are examined through the review of core symptoms, prognostic and diagnostic issues and treatment options for children on the ASD spectrum. Featured topics include: Challenging behaviors in children with ASD. Conditions ranging from feeding and gastrointestinal disorders to epilepsy. Developmental coordination disorder (DCD). Intellectual disability (ID). Methods and procedures for measuring comorbid psychological, medical and motor disorders. Comorbid Conditions Among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders is a must-have resource for researchers, clinicians and professionals and graduate students across such fields as clinical child, school and developmental psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry and social work as well as rehabilitation medicine/therapy, behavioral therapy, pediatrics and educational psychology.

Teaching Children with Autism and Related Spectrum Disorders

Author : Christy Magnusen
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Based on twenty-five years of teaching and working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), Christy L. Magnusen contends that it is those teachers who can blend the 'science' of education methodology with the 'art' of teaching who are best able to reach these children. Examining both these aspects of teaching, she takes a fresh look at established and more recent teaching methods such as structuring spaces, emphasizing language and planning strategies for transition and generalization, and then explores the art of implementation: why, when and how these techniques should be applied. By highlighting workable solutions to everyday problems, and emphasizing that teachers need to understand techniques and have the ability to adapt them to the situation that faces them, this book will be invaluable to all those involved in teaching children with ASDs.

Autism Teaching Makes a Difference

Author : Brenda Scheuermann
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This book is ideal for pre-service and in-service teachers required to implement effective evidence-based practices for children and youth with autism, particularly those who also have intellectual disabilities. It provides instructions, sample forms, and other practical tools necessary to improve students' educational outcomes. An overview discusses the educational needs of students with autism as well as key issues including etiological research, behavioral characteristics, diagnostic approaches, and program development and refinement. Subsequent chapters cover teaching methodologies, challenging behavior interventions, curriculum development, and related areas. The book is grounded in the scientifically supported premise that well-planned evidenced-based strategies, accurately implemented, can empower students and help teachers guide students to increasingly independent functioning. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Social and Communication Development in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Author : Tony Charman
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From leading clinical researchers, this volume presents important recent advances in understanding and treating autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in very young children. The book is grounded in cutting-edge findings on the social-communication behavior of typically and atypically developing infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The contributors highlight the connections between ASD and specific early social-communication impairments - including problems with joint attention, imitation, and play - with a focus on what clinicians can do to help. Innovative screening and assessment procedures are reviewed, as are evidence-based intervention and prevention strategies. Throughout, attention to both real-world practice and research considerations enhances the book's utility as a clinical reference and text.

The Spark

Author : Kristine Barnett
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Kristine Barnett's son Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein's, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. At two and a half Jake could arrange his pencils in the colours of the spectrum, and tell the time precisely by the shadows on his bedroom wall. At nine he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may some day put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and aged twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics. But the story of Jake is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. The Spark is the story of a remarkable mother and son. For once that terrible diagnosis was made, Kristine, who ran a children's nursery herself, determined that the experts were wrong in almost all the therapies they prescribed. Why concentrate on improving what he couldn't do and didn't enjoy, when there were things he loved? Relying on the insights she developed at her nursery, Kristine resolved to follow Jacob's 'spark' - his passionate interests. The basic philosophy, along with her belief in the power of ordinary childhood experiences (softball, picnics, looking at the stars around the campfire) and the importance of play, helped Jake overcome huge odds. 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. Advance praise for The Spark: 'The Spark is about the transformative power of unconditional love. If you have a child who's 'different' - and who doesn't? - you won't be able to put it down.' Sylvia Nasar, author of A Beautiful Mind 'The Spark describes in glowing terms the profound intensity with which a mother can love her child.' Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree


Author : Patricia Howlin
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Autism is a life-long, often devastating disorder, that profoundly affects almost every aspect of an individual's functioning. Impairments in communication limit the ability to understand what is happening or why, and make it almost impossible to effectively control events, or people or the enviroment. Autism: Preparing for Adulthood focuses on adults with autism and their families. By using information from research studies and treatment programmes, it provides a practical resource for parents, carers and autistic people themselves. Autism: Preparing for Adulthood discusses the problems and the solutions related to educational and occupational attainments, ways of coping with psychiatric and other difficulties, and how to foster independence in later life. The focus is not on 'cures' or 'miracles' but on the improvement in the quality of life for all concerned. It is essential reading for professionals in training and practice in special needs, speech and language therapy, social workers, social services personnel, psychiatrists, psychologists, paediatricians, young adults with autism, their families and carers.

Finding Your Child s Way on the Autism Spectrum

Author : Dr. Laura Hendrickson
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It seems that nearly everyone knows a family with an autism spectrum child. Most recent figures suggest that the prevalence of all autism spectrum disorders in the United States is an astonishing 1% of the population in the United States, translating to twelve million parents and grandparents that are seeking answers. There are many books available on how to cure an autistic preschooler, but none on how to raise one to adulthood. These promised cures raise parents' hopes, but most parents will find that they are dealing with a lifelong challenge no matter what they do. Dr. Laura Hendrickson is a trained psychiatrist, biblical counselor—and the mother of an autistic child. She understands the struggles parents face as they try to communicate with their autism spectrum child and manage behavior challenges. With an approach that is grounded in a deep understanding of the challenges those caring for autism spectrum children face, Finding Your Child's Way on theAutism Spectrum gives the reader sound, practical tools for understanding how to guide an autism spectrum child to function more fully as the person God created them to be.

I Love Being My Own Autistic Self

Author : Landon Bryce
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"This book is going to change how we all view autism." Karla Fisher (Senior Program Manager/Engineering Manager at Intel, mentor for autistic youth) I Love Being My Own Autistic Self is a funny and upbeat book for autistic people, their families, and others who care about them. Author Landon Bryce uses a colorful cast of cartoon characters to gently introduce neurodiversity, the idea that neurological differences should be respected and valued. "This comic is BEAUTIFUL! I want to share it with everyone with any connection to autism. It's a great primer for novices, and an excellent reality check for almost everyone who thinks they understand autism." Noah Britton (public member of the the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, founding member of the comedy group Aspergers Are Us, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts) Vector, our narrator, talks about the benefits and challenges that his autism gives him. His friends Ramikin, who has Asperger's syndrome, and Marko, who is nonverbal, show how different from each other autistic people can be. Vector also introduces readers to his friend Pang and his sister Manta, so they can see what it is like for him to interact with people who do not have autism. Researcher Dr. Chip is looking for a cure for autism, and Vector explains why that makes him sad. "This could be a helpful book for children and adults with autism, as well as our parents. Landon Bryce has filtered the voices of thousands on his website through his brain and found a simple way in doing so. It is easy to read, using colors and characters. It does not come across as a children's book, yet I think some children might understand these important points better, and reading with their parents, they BOTH might begin to understand how we feel about each other in this bag of human skin." Adam Bailey (father and creator of the autism comic strip OWL) "I hope everyone in our Community reads this -- every staff person at Autism Speaks, every teacher, every family member. I see my son in some of these pages, and I hope he loves being his own autistic self, too. " Jennifer Sheridan, mom to Charlie (autism, age 8) "I Love Being My Own Autistic Self is an honest and hopeful appeal for autism acceptance and understanding. The concept of neurodiversity and differing points of view are distilled down and personified as individual characters. Even as it acknowledges autism is hard to understand, the book sets out to help the reader do just that, most effectively through memorable sound bites voiced or thought by the characters. This is an essential pocket guide for anyone who wishes to better understand autism and the issues autistic people face." Matt Friedman, author ofDude, I'm an Aspie.

The Autistic Brain

Author : Temple Grandin
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WINNER OF 'BEST NON FICTION' IN THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2013 It's estimated that one in almost a hundred people are diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum but there is far more hope for them today than ever before thanks to groundbreaking new research. In this fascinating and highly readable book, Temple Grandin offers her own experience as an autistic person alongside remarkable new discoveries about the autistic brain, as well as genetic research. She also highlights long-ignored sensory problems as well as the need to treat autism symptom by symptom, rather than with an umbrella diagnosis. Most exciting of all, she argues that raising and educating children on the autistic spectrum needs to be less about focusing on their weaknesses, and more about fostering their unique contributions.


Author : Jessie Hewitson
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'A wise SatNav for what is often a bewildering, or even scary, zone of parenting. The book offers real-world, road-tested, child-first and family-friendly advice; while also highlighting the twin truths that autism is not a tragedy, and that adaptation and acceptance are not resignation' David Mitchell, bestselling author and co-translator of The Reason I Jump 'A must-read for anyone with an autistic child in their life' Laura James, author of Odd Girl Out Written by Jessie Hewitson, an award-winning journalist at The Times, Autism is the book she wishes she had read when her son was first given the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. It combines her own experiences with tips from autistic adults, other parents - including author David Mitchell - as well as advice from autism professionals and academics such as Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. Autism looks at the condition as a difference rather than a disorder and includes guidance on: · What to do if you think your child is autistic · How to understand and support your child at school and at home · Mental health and autism · The differences between autistic girls and boys 'It is incredibly useful and informative, full of new research and interviews that put right an awful lot of misinformation. I cannot recommend this highly enough' The Sun 'Exceptionally useful and informative' Uta Frith, Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, UCL

Curing Myself from Autism

Author : Tom Jacibons
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Tom shares how he uses social skills coaching to learn social skills and learn about non-verbal communication in this great read. Tom does not medically cure himself from autism, however, as he explains in his book he learns skills and techniques that free him of his social challenges and cure his social skills problems. This is a great read for teachers and parents wanting to learn how to help autistic children and teenagers learn social skills. Tom describes how he studies social skills, non-verbal communication, body language, social thinking, and social context in this book. He also gives the reader tips for learning these skills through all of his experiences. Tom has worked closely with social skills coaching for five years now and he is happy with his accomplishments and will share that with the reader. Here is an excerpt from the book. "More than ninety-three percent of communication is non-verbal. I was missing nearly the entire conversation because I was only hearing the physical words of what a person was saying. Now, at least I am doing better at understanding some of those non-verbal facial expressions and reading some body language when I engage in conversations with other people. I have found that in learning how to communicate non-verbally I am able to make more friends and because I am able to make more friends it is almost like autism is not even a bother to me right now. Nothing has changed about me medically it is just that I was able to train my brain to do some of the things my brain did not naturally know how to do like neurotypical brains are already preprogrammed to do." Tom hopes you enjoy reading his book.

Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum

Author : Chantal Sicile-Kira
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Addressing the unique needs of parenting a a child or teenager with an autistic disorder, a comprehensive parent's handbook brings together clear examples, practical advice, and supportive insights to cover the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical requirements of children with such ailments, discussing health risks, treatment and therapeutic options, teaching strategies, life preparation skills, and more. Original.

Making A Difference Together Parents and Professionals in Partnership

Author : Theresa Tan
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As recently as the 1990s, support for people with autism was almost non-existent. Many children went undiagnosed and struggled at school. In 1996, a small band of passionate parents and professionals set out to change that. Their initiative, Reach-Me Project (RMP), pioneered a range of autism-specific services. Reach-Me eventually became the autonomous charity ARC(S). This book traces the transformations that ARC(S) has made in Singapore’s autism landscape over the last 20 years, from the introduction of diagnostic, training and outreach services to the setting up of Pathlight School, Singapore’s first autism-specific school. This is the story of many helping hands and generous individuals and organizations coming together to sow the seeds of change. Together, they worked to create an inclusive society for all. Together, they made a difference.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Author : Chantal Sicile-Kira
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An expert in the field of autistic disorders presents a comprehensive and accessible overview of all aspects of autism conditions, including Asperger's Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, and other autism spectrum disorders, explaining how diagnose ASDs, family coping strategies, treatment options, educational programs, and more. Original.

The Science and Fiction of Autism

Author : Laura Schreibman
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One of the country's leading experts in behavioral treatments approaches autism through the context of its controversies, showing where extraordinary and unfounded claims have falsely raised hopes, stirred fears, and ruined lives. Drawing from her own long clinical experience with autistic children, Schreibman provides information and arguments to deal with the onslaught of good, bad, deficient, and irrelevant ideas about autism.