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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Helping a Child with nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome

helping a child with nonverbal learning disorder or asperger's disorderHelping a Child with nonverbal Learning Disorder or Asperger’s Syndrome by Kathryn Stewart.

(XFM Stewa 2007)

The book offers readers ways to evaluate their child’s strengths and weaknesses in areas such as visual and spatial functioning, writing problems, information processing and organizational skills, social and emotional capabilities, language skills, and interactive abilities. It offers specific strategies for intervening and helping the child to cope with these obstacles, such as teaching the child how to socialize with humor and empathy, alternatives for learning to write, tips for organizing daily activities, multi-tasking, and more. Pp. 200

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Parent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism

a parent's guide to asperger syndrome & high-functioning autismParent’s Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism by Sally Ozonoff.

(XFM Ozonoff 2002).

In Part 1 of this book, the authors cover definitions, diagnosis, causes, and treatments of AS-HFA, while Part 2 considers living with AS-HFA, channeling a child’s strengths, and dealing with home, school, and the social world and life as an adult with AS-HFA.

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Thicker than Water

thicker than waterThicker than Water edited by Don Meyer.

(XFM Meyer 2009)

Thirty-nine adult siblings reflect on how their lives have been indelibly shaped by their relationship with a brother or sister with special needs. This book reveals both positive and negative aspects of growing up with someone who might have received the lion s share of his parents attention or who now requires extra support as an adult. These compelling essays express a diverse range of sibling experiences and attitudes. Pp. 226.

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Quirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry

quirky kidsQuirky Kids: Understanding and Helping Your Child Who Doesn’t Fit In- When to Worry and When Not to Worry by Perry Klass and Eileen Costello.

(XFM Klass 2003)

Boston pediatricians Klass and Costello address a growing parenting issue: when to worry and when not, how far to push for diagnosis and/or treatment when a child’s “quirkiness” becomes concerning. The authors explore such confounding and complex syndromes as anxiety disorder, attention deficit disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, oppositional defiance disorder, Asperger’s syndrome and other problems. Klass and Costello walk parents through the steps of helping a quirky child. Pp. 400.

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Understanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome

understanding brothers and sisters with asperger syndromeUnderstanding Brothers and Sisters with Asperger Syndrome

(XFM Under 2007)

This DVD is designed to help children of different ages understand and support their siblings on the autism spectrum. 109 minutes.

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Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum

understanding brothers and sisters on the autism spectrumUnderstanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum

(XFM Autis 2007)

This DVDs is designed to help children of different ages understand and support their siblings on the autism spectrum. These videos show siblings that other kids are facing the same challenges they face, and explores a range of ways the kids interviewed have learned to get along with and enjoy their brothers and sisters.  The videos also can help parents understand the special needs of their neurotypical children.  94 minutes

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Rules

rulesRules by Cynthia Lord.

(XFM Lord 2006)

Grade 4-7-Twelve-year-old Catherine has conflicting feelings about her younger brother, David, who is autistic. While she loves him, she is also embarrassed by his behavior and feels neglected by their parents. In an effort to keep life on an even keel, Catherine creates rules for him (It’s okay to hug Mom but not the clerk at the video store). Each chapter title is also a rule, and lots more are interspersed throughout the book. When Kristi moves in next door, Catherine hopes that the girl will become a friend, but is anxious about her reaction to David. Then Catherine meets and befriends Jason, a nonverbal paraplegic who uses a book of pictures to communicate, she begins to understand that normal is difficult, and perhaps unnecessary, to define. Rules of behavior are less important than acceptance of others. Catherine is an endearing narrator who tells her story with both humor and heartbreak. Her love for her brother is as real as are her frustrations with him. Lord has candidly captured the delicate dynamics in a family that revolves around a child’s disability. Pp. 244.

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Families of Adults with Autism: Stories and Advice for the Next Generation

families of adults with autismFamilies of Adults with Autism: Stories and Advice for the Next Generation by Jane Johnson and Anne Van Rensselarer.

(XFM Johns 2008)

The individual accounts explore the challenges that families of people with autism have faced, and the techniques they have used to improve the quality of their children’s lives, from mega-doses of vitamins and dietary changes to intensive interaction. The contributors also relate how they have worked with their children or siblings to help them to function at their highest possible level. Pp. 191.

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Sibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

sibshops workshops for siblings of children with special needsSibshops: Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs by Donald J. Meyer and Patricia F. Vadasy.

(XFM Meyer 1994)

A guide for professionals designing and implementing interactive play and discussion workshops to help siblings confront the special issues they face.  Pp. 240

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