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When My Autism Gets Too Big!: A Relaxation Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [Paperback]

Kari Dunn Buron , Brenda Smith Myles


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Book Description

January 2003
OUT OF PRINT--NOW TITLED "WHEN MY WORRIES GET TO BIG"

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company (January 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193128251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931282512
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 16.7 x 0.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #848,041 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
90 of 90 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speaks to ASD Children in a Way They Can Understand May 21 2005
By Kristi A. Sakai - Published on Amazon.com
I am the mother of three children with autism spectrum disorder. I first read this book about a year ago, along with its companion The Incredible Five Point Scale. Initially my intent was merely to use it with my then four year old child with ASD and she did respond remarkably to it. But I was further surprised to discover my older children then aged 9 and 12 were drawn to it too. They asked ME to go over it with them. On their own they individually said to me, "I need a scale for..." For the older son he said, "Mama, you're always telling me to be quiet (he has a BOOMING VOICE even when whispering), maybe I need to learn how to use a lower number for my voice." When My Autism Gets Too Big shows insight into the asd child's world--what he can feel good about and what is hard for him. It doesn't whitewash the difficulties, or downplay them,but at the same time it doesn't make them seem insurmountable. Then it lays out in a very easy to understand way--for example, the levels of stress a child has, what it might look like, how it feels for him, and what to do about it. It gives a clear concise way to not only judge where the child is at--for himself and for his caregivers,but a tool to figure out where to go next. It can be used is such a broad variety of ways, you can use it to address any behavior goal you have with your child. My child with the loud voice, for example: Five is screaming like he's dying (emergency voice), Four is yelling while playing outside, Three is a "normal" speaking voice, Two is whispering and One is completely quiet--no words. Reading this book with my children was the catalyst for making it okay to develop this type of program for each of them for their very different needs, and it has been incredibly effective. Plus,Kari Dunn Buron's illustrations are so gosh darn cute, but more than that they are remarkably expressive. It amazes me that she is able to convey such clear emotions, while at the same time having an almost affectionate humor about the reality of life with an ASD child. The pictures alone, program aside, are worth the purchase of this book. Once read I have donated nearly every book on ASD I have ever purchased to our local therapy center...but I can't part with this one. It is already well worn and much loved. I have pulled it off the shelf many times when one of my kids has a recognizable expression of distress and when I point to the corresponding picture, they often react with relief. I can show them without having to verbally express it, where they are at, and they are glad to be able to see it for themselves. An excellent tool. I also highly recommend buying The Incredible Five Point Scale, which elaborates on this concept and gives many more ideas on how to implement them. Both are excellent for use in both school and home. Incidentally--often ASD parents have their hands full enough without having to manage more visual aides, my philosophy is that's why God must have given us FIVE fingers, so we can use them to show our kid where they are on the Five Point Scale. My digits are regularly used for this purpose.

Kristi Sakai, parent of 3 with Asperger Syndrome and author of
Finding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Autism Rising! Dec 23 2004
By BeatleBangs1964 - Published on Amazon.com
This is an ideal book for working with young children and nonverbal people with autism. The book is written using plain, direct language which makes it readily understandable.

The relaxation techniques described in this book are very logical and straightforward. Young children can readily apply the suggestions that are given in this book.

The image of the thermometer and using such a familiar item to "chart" or recognize emotions is an excellent teaching tool. Young children can describe their tolerance level as being a "one," which is in the calm zone or as high as a "five," which often presages a melt-down. Instead of the mercury rising, this book will help youngsters with autism to know when certain emotions are rising and how to verbalize and describe them.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I was expecting ! April 22 2006
By Bee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is definitely one of those that you should be able to go through before buying !

After reading the raving reviews I ordered it and it was a huge disappointment ! This book was nothing like what I was expecting !

First it is more a booklet or a leaflet than a real book, it probably has about 20 pages (I don't know exactly because I sent it back right away).

When you open the book you usually have one page with a cartoon representing the child coping with his autism getting too big (I personally didn't like the drawings) and on the other page just a few lines of text. That's it !!

This book is made for kids, older kids, that can look at it and relate to it ! I thought it was for parents to teach their kids ways of relaxing, it's not ! (I guess the one I needed was the one explaining the 5 points scale...) I am under the impression that this book is useless unless you have the other one and your child is used to the 5 points scale !

I really hope Amazon is going to add the "search inside" option on this book because anyone interested in it should take a pick to make sure it is what they think it is !
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Prefer Defining Emotions Jan. 30 2006
By B. Kip - Published on Amazon.com
This is a cute book, clever graphics, well intentioned. I have autistic twins. After reading the book and talking with other parents I suggest giving language for specific emotional states rather than identifying all emotional experiences as, "my autism". As another parent said, we don't want to lay the ground work for our kids to explain,"I didn't do my homework because of my autism."

The rating system is a good idea. It can be used for identifying the intensity of an emotion, "My frustration is at a 4", "My anger is at a 3", etc.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THERMOMETER SYMBOLISM WORKS Nov. 10 2004
By A. M. Echaniz - Published on Amazon.com
As a mom to three sons with Autism, ages 4-9, I highly recommend this book! The story line is very basic explaining what things make the boy in the story be at number ONE(calm) to examples of what a THREE is to him (having his schedule changed)and finally what things make him get to number FIVE(angry). The boy proceeds to suggest practical ways that he can calm down when his Thermometer is rising.

The very visual pictures of a thermometer with a One(calm) to Five("Red Alert") scale really helped my boys learn how to identify their anger before it gets to the 5 stage. I even use this language daily to really incorporate it in all our lives. When they are doing something they enjoy, I ask "Where is your thermometer now"? and when I get upset I say to my boys "My thermometer is at a 4 so I am going to take a break". The language is simple, the concept is brilliant. This is a must have for ALL parents, not just those with Autistic kids.

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