The Parent’s Guide to the Medical World of Autism by Dr. Edward Aull

I recently had the opportunity to review The Parent’s Guide to the Medical World of Autism by Dr. Edward Aull.  Dr. Aull is a behavioral pediatrician who has been diagnosing and treating patients with autism spectrum disorders for more than 30 years. Published in 2013 Dr. Aull acknowledged the new DSM-5 criteria but chose to continue using the DSM-IV terminology because he felt it was [...]

By | 2014-04-23T09:00:26+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME by Social Thinking

I was fortunate to receive a copy of one of the latest books from Social Thinking, Thinking about YOU, Thinking about ME.  I'm not going to lie, the book is huge!  As it should be considering the depth of information it provides.  As thrilled as I was to get it, a few flips of the pages gave me an idea.  The idea, pass it along [...]

By | 2013-07-26T09:00:50+00:00 July 26th, 2013|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Seeing Ezra by Kerry Cohen – A Book Review

I have read many stories written by parents, describing their journey through Autism with their child, but none from quite the perspective that this book is written. Seeing Ezra: A Mother’s Story of Autism, Unconditional Love, and the Meaning of Normal, written by Kerry Cohen, is one of the most honest books on the subject that I have read. In the book, Kerry writes about [...]

By | 2013-02-16T07:00:23+00:00 February 16th, 2013|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments

Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. – A Book Review

One commonality throughout most GFCF cookbooks is the lack of completeness. Though they may be full of recipes (good or bad) they will still leave lingering holes in your understanding / consideration of the GFCF diet and many other diets. Research. Alternatives. Why groups of people need specific diets, and the presentation of help in understanding that is the largest realm untouched requiring you to [...]

By | 2013-01-19T07:00:06+00:00 January 19th, 2013|Categories: Books, Resources|1 Comment

Developing Leisure Time Skills For Persons With Autism

Structured Playtime Activities with Valuable Support Strategies for Adult is written by Phyllis Coyne, Colleen Nyberg and Mary Lou Vandenburg This is a review of the book that's worth the read before you decide to buy: The first thing to be aware of, when attempting to absorb information and instruction from this book, is that this book is better used as a reference manual rather [...]

By | 2012-12-11T07:00:11+00:00 December 11th, 2012|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , , , |19 Comments

Visual Techniques For Developing Social Skills by Rebecca Moyes – A Book Review

Though designed with teachers in mind, Visual Techniques For Developing Social Skills, by Rebecca Moyes, MEd, is a valuable tool for for many, not the least of which being parents. This book is packed full of activities and lesson plans targeting children with high functioning autism and Asperger's Syndrome. The first thing that I love about this book is how it is split up into [...]

By | 2012-10-13T08:00:45+00:00 October 13th, 2012|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Top 10 Books Dedicated to Sensory Processing Disorder

October is Sensory Processing Awareness Month, so let’s line up some great reading for you and / or your child.  Here is my list of the... Ellie Bean the Drama Queen …Maybe people passing say. Unruly, spoiled, lover of attention, screamer for no reason rather than play. A book about a little girl who twirls and twirls and twirls, and has tags in her shirt [...]

By | 2012-10-09T08:29:34+00:00 October 9th, 2012|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Asperger's Autism and Girls: A Review

Asperger's autism and Girls: A reviewContributed by Cheryl Bailey This DVD is a must have for anyone who works with or teaches girls. You don’t have to consciously know you are on the look for a girl on the spectrum, in today’s world the odds are you already know her. Dr. Tony Attwood presents hundreds of real life cases and glimpses into true stories about [...]

By | 2012-09-24T08:40:55+00:00 September 24th, 2012|Categories: Autism / Asperger’s, Books, Resources|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

A Good and Perfect Gift – A Book Review

Amy Julia Becker takes the reader on the deeply personal journal of giving birth to her first child, a daughter who to their surprise has Down Syndrome. A strong Christian, with an equally well educated and devout husband, Amy finds herself in shock over her daughters disability and unsure of what the future will hold for her family. Deep questions of faith and understanding transpire [...]

By | 2012-05-26T09:00:38+00:00 May 26th, 2012|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: |1 Comment

"Step Ahead of Autism" by Anne Moore Burnett – A Book Review

Looking back at the diagnosis of your child with Autism, it may feel like a whirlwind; it does for me. Maybe you took meticulous notes. Possibly it was suggested to you even though you had suspicions. Likely, you had a very good idea of what was happening and started making the moves towards getting your child whatever therapies he could benefit from. We know of [...]

By | 2012-03-15T09:08:29+00:00 March 15th, 2012|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

"What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child with Autism" by B. Sheahan and K. DeOrnellas : A Book Review

“…it dawned on me that this was a microcosm of parenting her. Everything that we do with our children is complicated by the labyrinth that we must navigate simply to reach them. Some days, they are just gonna have wet hair. Other days, they’ll conk their heads on the floor and we are powerless to stop them. Sometimes, we just have to laugh with them [...]

By | 2011-11-19T02:41:34+00:00 November 19th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , |2 Comments

"Seeing Ezra" by Kerry Cohen – A Book Review

The story of Autism may or may not be familiar depending upon which side of the Autism “Fence” you sit. What you read may leave you feeling more alone than not. Many times, your readings may be either entirely informational, statistically based, factual and void of the emotions that intertwine within a diagnosis that, for the most part, is seemingly void of emotion…ironic. [...]

By | 2011-09-24T01:56:50+00:00 September 24th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , |1 Comment

"Meem's Little World" by Lori Rolie – A Book Review

Of all the children’s books, of all the ones I’ve been reading to my kids, I’ve found some of the more recent ones are lacking 3 things: a hardback cover, engaging pictures / drawings kids can easily relate to and rhymes that make sense. Lori Rolie has written a book that covers all of these, “Meem’s Little World”. I was instantly captured by the book [...]

By | 2011-08-25T02:13:17+00:00 August 25th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: |6 Comments

"Big Daddy’s Tales From the Lighter Side of Raising a Kid With Autism" – A Book Review

Autism is serious business. I don’t know of a single person who wouldn’t agree. The number of obstacles a parents faces each hour is tiresome in the face of helping our little loves navigate their days. It’s enough to make a person drown in grief, fatigue and hopelessness -- unless you can keep perspective and a sense of humor. No one blogs about the humorous [...]

By | 2011-08-08T02:19:49+00:00 August 8th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|1 Comment

"Autism and Reading Comprehension" by Joseph Porter, M.Ed. – A Book Review

Now, I’m no teacher, but I’m always on the lookout for resources I can pass along not only to my readers, but to J’s teachers and paras. Anything I can do to help him be successful in the classroom, school, home and life, I look forward to doing. Any resource I can pass along, I will. A ready-to-use lesson plan for teachers, “Autism & Reading [...]

By | 2011-07-14T12:10:36+00:00 July 14th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

"Starting Sensory Therapy" by Bonnie Arnwine – A Book Review

I have recently been lucky enough to gain a copy of “Starting Sensory Therapy” by Bonnie Arnwine. Rather than the book full of explanations of Sensory Processing Disorder as I was expecting, Bonnie Arnwine has put together a book full of fun, effective and inexpensive therapy play built around Sensory Processing Disorder. Each chapter has a number of sensory activities quickly described and depicted, with [...]

By | 2011-07-13T02:33:37+00:00 July 13th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , |0 Comments

"How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger's" by Jennifer McIlwee Meyers – A Book Review

There aren’t many books that find themselves on the "Must-Haves" in the mind of many parents, including me. So much literature around therapy, quick go-to guides on behavioral problem solving…so many wonderfully informative books written by some of the most educated individuals in the special needs community - and by parents too. You might not even notice that there aren’t many books written by individuals [...]

By | 2011-06-23T00:44:28+00:00 June 23rd, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , |3 Comments

"Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses" by John Taylor, PhD. – A Book Review

Ever wonder where the simple checklist for Sensory Processing Disorder is? If what you’re observing is over-responsiveness, seeking or avoiding behaviors in your child? How about how your pre-adolescent child feels in his own body when given certain stimuli? Well, instead of the usual handbook for the parent or caregiver, John F. Taylor, PhD has written “Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses: The Sensory [...]

By | 2011-05-26T00:27:50+00:00 May 26th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , |6 Comments

"The Child with Autism Learns About Faith" by Kathy Labosh – A Book Review

You go to church. You have Faith. How do you teach this to your child with Autism? Can it be done? There are a number of adults living with Autism that will tell you they have faith, attend Church and have the same religious beliefs as another. To this end, Kathy Labosh has authored the book, “The Child with Autism Learns About Faith”. Reading through [...]

By | 2011-05-12T00:22:19+00:00 May 12th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , |6 Comments

"Ellie Bean the Drama Queen" by Jennie Harding • A Book Review

“Ellie Bean the Drama Queen”...Maybe people passing say. Unruly, spoiled, lover of attention, screamer for no reason rather than play. A book about a little girl who twirls and twirls and twirls, and has tags in her shirt causing her so much pain. Finally she finds what makes her feel balanced in occupational therapy. And the drama queen goes away. What a delightful children’s book [...]

By | 2011-04-28T22:00:52+00:00 April 28th, 2011|Categories: Books, Resources|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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