Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew Paperback – Oct 1 2006
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“Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew breaks new ground in teaching children with autism spectrum disorders. A ‘must’ for school districts around the country, their educators, parents and PTAs.”
Charles D. Hammerman, Managing Director, The Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
“Ellen Notbohm’s clever and compassionate understanding of how we think and learn makes her new book the best ally your student with autism could wish for.”
William Stillman, Asperger’s self-advocate and author of Demystifying the Autistic Experience
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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Ten Things is practical and written in clear, no-nonsense language. Ellen engages her audience with a lively and often witty writing style. She captures what it is like to function in the world of a student with autism, and provides a thoughtful examination and explanation of remedies for the problems she identifies.
Ellen says, "To be able to hear the voice of our student with autism and respond in ways that are meaningful to him or her, we must be able to step outside our own deeply, deeply ingrained frame of reference." She shows how important and possible it is to suspend all we know so we are able to think differently.
Ten Things is founded on the essential circle of learning between student and teacher, and it challenges us to lay aside our egos and become child centered. To use Ellen's quote from the 1995 Disney movie "Pocahontas", if you read and apply Ten Things, "You'll learn things you never knew you never knew."
And it is in that spirit that Ellen's student with autism would say to teachers and learners alike, "Please read this book":
If you believe it is important to discover ways to help students like me acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to live productive lives;
If you want to offer students a beginning, if you want to impact our lives positively, and if you want to see the best in us;
If you believe that learning is more than test scores, transcripts, and regurgitating information;
If you are committed to expanding your own education; and
If you are rewarded by seeing me believe in myself because you are putting within reach what most thought was beyond my grasp.