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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew [Paperback]

Ellen Notbohm
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Book Description

Jan. 1 2005
Winner of an iParenting Media Award and Honorable Mention in the 2005 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards! Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book in their back pocket. Framed with both humor and compassion, the book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. Ellen's personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. Don't buy just one of this book- buy one for everyone who interacts with your child! Give the gift of understanding.
Helpful chapters include:
  • My sensory perceptions are disordered
  • Distinguish between won’t and can’t
  • I am a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally
  • Be patient with my limited vocabulary
  • Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented
  • Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do
  • Help me with social interactions
  • Identify what triggers my meltdowns


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“Forget Letterman! This is the ultimate Top Ten list!”
Yvonne Christian, adult with Asperger’s and writer of the blog “Outside In”


"As the parent of a child in the autism spectrum, I see my own son throughout Ten Things."
Steve Boehm
Assistant Director of Publications
Editor in Chief, Children’s Voice Magazine
Child Welfare League of America

About the Author

Book author, columnist, and mother of sons with autism and ADHD, Ellen Notbohm's writings on autism and general interest subjects have been published on every continent (except Antarctica--yet). Her books, "Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew," "Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew," and "The Autism Trail Guide "are ForeWord Book of the Year finalists. Both "Ten Things" books are also iParenting Media Award recipients. A regular columnist for "Autism Asperger's Digest "magazine and "Children's Voice," she also co-authored with Veronica Zysk "1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," a "Learning" Magazine 2006 Teachers' Choice Award winner. Beyond autism, she is a frequent contributor to "Ancestry" magazine, has published political commentary in the "Chicago Tribune "and other newspapers around the U.S., and writes for numerous regional and national magazines on a range of subjects. Ellen welcomes reader feedback and newsletter signs-ups through her website at www.ellennotbohm.com.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is THE book to get you started on your journey of knowledge through Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is easy to understand, gives a quick overview in the first 20 pages, then expands on all 10 areas covering one end of the spectrum to the other. Ms. Notbohm uses her own experience with her son to lead us through the maze that is ASD in her family. All the way along she provides us with the one thing we all yearn for and that is HOPE. This book is a MUST READ for any parent, grandparent or friend of someone dealing with ASD. Nowhere in this book will you find the words 'cure' or 'recover' but you will find the words 'choice' and 'success'. This book is truly a useful tool for ALL of us who have children in our lives who just happen to have autism. One of the few authors I have come across who is truly also 'reader-friendly.'
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Having just found out our youngest has an ASD this summer, we've been on a blitz to get information. I've found this book to be very helpful (and hopeful) to get in the right mindset (a positive one). I have attracted myself to many of the concepts presented here (a can-do attitude instead of the popular can't-do attitude). This book is a good book to start with. It is an introduction into the journey ahead of you. It's not a clinical journal, yet it's informative; It's not a silly story, yet it is light and the anecdotes are funny. I'm glad I've read this at the beginning of my journey.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Reasons to Buy This Book! Dec 8 2007
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER
This stellar book provides a logical list of ten basic precepts that every person, child or adult with autism would like for the neurotypical (NT) world to know.

People, children in particular are people first, not "autistic child, autistic person." Autism is a shorthand label for specific behaviors that are rooted in neurobiology. In short, autism is a sensori-neurobiological condition.

The main theme and the common thread that links the ten items on this "wish list" of sorts is extending basic human courtesy to people with autism. Readers will be provided ways in order to help honor the rights, dignity and best interests of people with autism. Parents and educators in particular will take this book to heart.

This author translates seemingly bizarre behavior to the neurotypical world. All behavior has a sensory base. Many people with autism have hyperacute hearing. Show me someone with autism who doesn't hate loud noises and I'll show you a singing Boston bulldog who can tap dance as well. All sensory modes are heightened in people who have autism. Smells are stronger; certain materials are unbearable to the touch and in some cases painful; tastes are very strong; the sight of certain things can elicit strong reactions that are either very positive or very negative. I knew people with autism who hated blinking lights and retreat or cover their eyes when in the presence of a light that blinked on and off.

Beatle fans with autism are a very interesting group indeed. The mere sight of a Beatle picture brings strong positive reactions; the Beatles' music triggers a series of highly positive responses as well.

This brilliant book demystifies meltdowns and identifies triggers. In cowboy parlance, this book will help you head them off at the pass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, inspiring book Nov. 24 2011
By Cee
This was the first book I bought after my son (age 32 months) was diagnosed with autism just over one month ago. To be honest, I was a mess - I felt so helpless, so hopeless. I started to feel better after the few first pages - THIS was what I need to know, THIS was what I had needed to hear! It really helped me gain back my perspective after feeling like my whole world had been blown apart by this diagnosis. It was still a difficult adjustment but we're all doing really well and are excited for the future.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
"Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew" is a great book for parents of autistic children. It is fast to read when time is at a premium. Its simple language is easy to share with family,friends and others involved with your ASD child. The author speaks from the heart giving you the tools to do the same.
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