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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Autism Tomorrow to Help Your Child Thrive in the Real World

autism tomorrowAutism Tomorrow to Help Your Child Thrive in the Real World by Karen L Simmons and Bill Davis.

(XFM Simmo 2010)

In this book you will learn  about estate planning, independent living, nutrition, fitness, employment, safety, sexuality, puberty, dating, bullying, reading, social skills, and communication. Pp. 225.

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Autism & the Grandparent Connection

autism and the grandparent connectionAutism & the Grandparent Connection by Jennifer Krumins.

(XFM Krumi 2010)

This book provides practical ways to understand and help your grandchildren with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Pp. 234.

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Family Routines to Make Your Household Run Smoothly

IMG_1151Family Routines to Make Your Household Run Smoothly

(XFM Famil 2010)

This book discusses routines, their importance and how to start them.

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Embarrassed Often, Ashamed Never

embarassed often ashamed neverEmbarrassed Often, Ashamed Never by Lisa B. Eilliot.

(XFM Ellio 2002)

The author, the mother of a young boy with Asperger Syndrome, gives us a rare glimpse of the ups and downs of family life with an individual who has autism spectrum disorder. From swim meets to Chinese restaurants, from school to church, to birthday parties, and everything in between, the reader is let into the everyday lives of the Elliott family. The episodes in the book all illustrate the basic tenet of this charming book – while living with a child with autism spectrum disorder often leads to embarrassing moments, nobody ever needs to be ashamed. Pp. 148.

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Helping Your Anxious Child

helping your anxious childHelping Your Anxious Child by Ronald M. Rapee, Ann Wignall, Susan H. Spence, Vanessa Cobham, and Heidi Lynedham.

(XFM Rapee 2008)

10 percent of children have excessive fears and worries–phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder–that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help. Pp 238.

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Autism and Me: Sibling Stories

autism and me sibling storiesAutism and Me: Sibling Stories by Ouisie Shapiro and Steven Vote.

(XFM Shapi 2009)

This book attempts to answer how having a sibling with autism affects a child. It is written in first person, through interviews with more than 10 sibling pairs. Underlying all the essays are feelings of resignation, hope, and appreciation. They also display a commitment to understanding what their brothers and sisters are going through and recognize that having an autistic sibling stretches their sense of empathy. Pp. 48.

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Circling NoCircling Normal a Book About Autism

circling normal a book about autismCircling Normal a Book About Autism by Karen Montague-Reyes.

(XFM Monta 2007)

This book contains a series of comic strips that depict family life with a child who has autism spectrum disorder. Pp. 81.

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Autism- How to Help Your Young Child

IMG_1149Autism- How to Help Your Young Child by Leicestershire County Council Education Department & Fosse Health Trust

(XFM Leice 1998)

This book offers practical and jargon-free advice. It is divided into three areas where difficulties may arise for a child with autism: social interaction, communication (verbal and non-verbal) and imagination. It also includes an index of pen-pictures to help parents more easily find their child among the examples and directs them to the relevant section. Each section is divided into what to look out for followed by things to try to help the child’s behavior. Pp.56.

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How to Organize an Effective Parent/Advocacy Group and Move Bureaucracies

IMG_1144How to Organize an Effective Parent/Advocacy Group and Move Bureaucracies published by Family Resource Center on Disabilities.

(XFM Advoc 1993)

This manual will show you:  How to organize a parent/advocacy group – even though you never organized anything in your life; How to get a state charter and tax-exempt status; How to reach out to other parents and choose effective leaders; How to make your parent/advocacy group an action group and move bureaucratic mountains; How to make effective public presentations; How to develop a newsletter and make headlines; How to organize a conference; How to teach your child to be a self-advocate; How to raise money for your organization; How to keep your parent/advocacy group from death’s door.  Pp. 270.

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How to Get Services by Being Assertive

IMG_1150How to Get Services by Being Assertive published by Family Resource Center on Disabilities.

(XFM Advoc 1993)

The book contains sections on how to determine your style, use assertiveness at special education meeting hearings, (due process hearings, etc.), deal with bureaucrats and public officials, and much more.  Includes assertiveness exercises on topics such as “Using their Negatives to Build Your Positives”, and “How to Shovel Your Way Out of Those Bureaucratic Snow Jobs.” The book summarizes special education law and available resources without becoming bogged down in these topics.  Pp.208.

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Living with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Guidance for Parents, Carers, and Siblings (Autistic Spectrum Disorder Support Kit)

living with autistic spectrum disordersLiving with Autistic Spectrum Disorders: Guidance for Parents, Carers, and Siblings (Autistic Spectrum Disorder Support Kit) by Elizabeth Attfield.

(XFM Attfi 2007)

This book is based on a wealth of experience of working closely both with individuals with Autism and their families. It reminds us of the barriers to positive parent/professional partnership and challenges us to build supportive bridges to effective intervention for the individual with Autism. By giving a concise account of what life may be like following the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders (ASDs) in the family, this book examines service provision at different stages, and provides information for parents, caregivers and practitioners. Pp.96.

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Parenting Your Asperger Child: Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills

parenting your asperger childParenting Your Asperger Child: Individualized Solutions for Teaching Your Child Practical Skills by Alan Sohn and Cathy Grayson

(XFM Sohn 2005)

Abundant, true-to-life dialogues between Asperger children, their parents and peers model the strategies of school psychologist Grayson and special education teacher Sohn in action. A glossary of verbal cues (e.g., “in your mind” for thoughts children shouldn’t voice aloud) offer elegant and unequivocal ways to redirect undesirable social behaviors. Pp. 288.

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