Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum

growing-togetherGrowing Together Across the Autism Spectrum by Elizabeth Marks

XFM Marks 2015

A kid’s guide to living with, learning from, and loving a parent with autism spectrum disorder.

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Going Solo While Raising Children with Disabilities

Going Solo While Raising Children with DisabilitiesGoing Solo by Laura E. Marshak, Ph.D

(XFM Marsh 2015)

The author weaves together extensive interviews and survey results of solo mothers and fathers (and grandparents, too) with reliable coping strategies gleaned from 25 years as a practicing psychologist and specialist in disability adjustment. The book’s insightful personal narratives and the author’s deconstruction of these to offer universal lessons–from the basic (e.g., practice mindfulness to de-stress) to the profound (e.g., cultivate gratitude as the antidote to resentment)–will help readers assess and transform their own lives for the better.

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Parenting without Panic

parentingParenting without Panic by Brenda Dater
(XFM Dater 2014)
The author offers advice and tried-and-tested solutions to parents’ top concerns, all in an accessible and easy-to-read format. Filled with the voices of other parents in the same situations, the book covers everything from the first steps to take after diagnosis, to advocacy and disclosure, behavior, building independence and resilience, making friends, holidays and vacations, homework, supporting siblings, how to garner support from extended family and friends, and how parents can look after their own wellbeing.

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Second Shelter

Second ShelterSecond Shelter by Rebecca Haid, M.Ed. and Elizabeth W. Donnelly, Ms
(XFM Haid 2013)
Second Shelter gives a comprehensive overview of therapeutic boarding schools and residential treatment facilities in a format that is readable and accessible for counselors, educators, and parents alike. The book examines which adolescents are best served in these environments as well as the different therapeutic approaches provided.

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TIPS: Teaching Important Parenting Strategies

TIPS: Teaching Important Parenting Strategies TIPSby Megan Ahlers, MS and Colleen Hannigan Zillich, MS CCC-SLP

(XFM Ahler 2014)

This book can be used as a reference for finding practical, user-friendly solutions to common universal challenges encountered by parents and caregivers, including communication, behavior, technology, community outings, and sensory needs. All answers follow best practice and evidence-based strategies.

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Working with Parents of a Newly Diagnosed Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Working with ParentsWorking with Parents of a Newly Diagnosed Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder by Deb Keen and Sylvia Rodger.

(XFM Keen 2012)

This book sets out the type of support that is most beneficial to families immediately following an ASD diagnosis, and will equip professionals with the information and tools they need to best provide that support.

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Top Ten Tips: A Survival Guide for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

top ten tipsTop Ten Tips: A Survival Guide for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum by Teresa A. Cardon, M.A., CCC-SLP.

(XFM Cardo 2008)

I get by with a little help… Do you ever feel like you’re in this parenting thing alone? Like no one understands what you’re going through? Parenting children on the autism spectrum is an adventure with countless twists and turns. However, with a little help from 44 fellow parents and professionals your daily journey can be a little less bumpy. Top Ten Tips offers 520 practical, tried-and-true tips. The book is organized so that you don’t have to read through theories or lengthy descriptions – it is all practical; short and sweet. The stuff you want to know NOW! The book is broken down into nine chapters with topics ranging from family outings, holidays, and frequent activities (bath time, meal time, etc.). This at-your-fingertips tool will help families with a child on the autism spectrum navigate their way through everyday activities and occurrences in. Contributors include speech language therapists, occupational therapists, autism experts, parents, and individuals on the spectrum.

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Something Different About Dad: How to Live With Your Asperger’s Parent

something different about dadSomething Different About Dad: How to Live With Your Asperger’s Parent by John Swogger.

XBM Evans 2011

Growing up with a parent on the autistic spectrum can be difficult, and children may often feel confused and worried by the fact that their parent is different thanothers. This positive book takes an honest look at how Asperger’s Syndrome can affect a family when a parent is on the spectrum, and reassures young people that it’s ok to have a parent who is different. Following the story of Sophie and Daniel whose dad, Mark, has Asperger Syndrome, the book reveals the family’s journey from initial diagnosis to gradual acceptance of the fact that there is something different about Dad. Sophie and Daniel learn the reasons behind their dad’s problems with communication, his social and emotional difficulties, and the issues caused by his inflexibility of thought, sensory and motor skills, and anxiety. They also come to recognize his positive attributes, including his loyalty, punctuality, and his ability to help with homework. The warm, funny story emphasizes how love within a family can overcome all difficulties, looking at sensitive issues in a lighthearted, yet reassuring manner.

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My Parent Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Children & Teens

my parent has an autism spectrum disorderMy Parent Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Workbook for Children & Teens by Barbara R. Lester.

XFM Leste 2011

The workbook has been designed with precisely this purpose in mind. It will strengthen relationships between parents with ASDs and their children by facilitating understanding of behavior and situations that all the family will previously have noticed but not understood, and shows how to develop effective problem solving strategies. Chapters of this book cover everything from dealing with the initial diagnosis to understanding special interests, difficulties with social skills and figures of speech, and the need for rules and routines. Every chapter concludes with a worksheet for parent and child to complete together, which encourages mutual understanding and fosters healthy relationships.

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The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)

survivalguideforkidswithautismThe Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve M.D.

XBC Verdi 2012

This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get “stuck” on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing (“stims”). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions (“What’s an ASD?” “Why me?”) and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information.

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French Fries: The Forgotten Children of Autism

french friesFrench Fries: The Forgotten Children of Autism by Lilli Z. Mayerson

XBC Mayer 2009

One in 150 children are diagnosed with autism. This is a sibling’s story about disappointment and excitement, frustration and genuine love. A book to use as a tool to discuss their feelings and give comfort to siblings affected with autism.

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Parenting with Love and Logic

parenting with love and logicParenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline, MD and Jim Fay.

(XFM Cline 2006)

This parenting book shows you how to raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Learn how to parent effectively while teaching your children responsibility and growing their character. Establish healthy control through easy-to-implement steps without anger, threats, nagging, or power struggles.
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Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid

shut up about your perfect kidShut Up About Your Perfect Kid by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian.

(XFM Galla 2010)

A survival guide for ordinary parents of special children. Pp. 267.

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Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Maximizing Their Strengths, Coping with Adversity, and Developing a Social Mindset

raising resilient children with autismRaising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Strategies for Maximizing Their Strengths, Coping with Adversity, and Developing a Social Mindset by Dr. Robert Brooks, Sam Goldstein.

(XFM Brook 2012)

In this book, noted psychologists and bestselling authors Dr. Goldstein and Dr. Brooks teach you the strategies and mindset necessary to help your child develop strength, hope, and optimism. This is the first approach for autism spectrum disorders based in the extremely popular field of positive psychology.

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The Sibling Slam Book

the sibling slam bookThe Sibling Slam Book (2006) by Don Meyer.

Don Meyer invited together a group of 80 teenagers, from all over the United States and abroad, to talk about what it’s like to have a brother or sister with special needs. Their unedited words are found in The Sibling Slam Book, a brutally honest, non-PC look at the lives, experiences, and opinions of siblings without disabilities. Pp. 152.

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Views from Our Shoes

views from our shoesViews from Our Shoes edited by Donald Meyer.

(XFM Meyer 1997)

In this book, 45 siblings share their experiences as the brother or sister of someone with a disability. Their personal tales introduce young siblings to others like them and allow them to compare experiences. A glossary of disabilities provides easy-to-understand definitions of many of the conditions mentioned. Pp. 114.

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