- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: Future Horizons; 2 edition (Jan. 1 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935274066
- ISBN-13: 978-1935274063
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 2.6 x 22.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 662 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Paperback – Jan 1 2010
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"Genuine, commonsense advice that all parents and educators can quickly and easily use!" --TEMPLE GRANDIN, PH.D., autism expert and self-advocate, and author of Thinking in Pictures and The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's^"I was amazed at the number and quality of ideas, and strongly recommend that parents read and apply the advice. I learned some really good ideas!" --TONY ATTWOOD, PH.D., author of The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome^"1001 Great Ideas is just that, a treasure trove of wonderful ideas and activities! This hope-filled book not only connects the reader to the world of Autism Spectrum Disorders but also provides a multitude of practical solutions to the broad range of challenges that parents and professional face each and every day. 1001 Great Ideas is a resource that both parents and professionals will continually turn to." --Scott Tanner, School Psychologist & Director of Clinical Services
About the Author
Three-time ForeWord Book of the Year finalist Ellen Notbohm is author of one of the autism community's most beloved books, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew. She is also author of Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew and the Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist, The Autism Trail Guide: Postcards from the Road Less Traveled. Her articles, commentary and book excerpts have appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, academic journals, training manuals and websites around the world. Ellen welcomes reader feedback and newsletter sign-ups through her website at ellennotbohm.com.
Veronica Zysk has been working in the field of autism since 1991. She served as Executive Director of the Autism Society of America from 1991-1996, and then joined Future Horizons, moving into an editorial position within the company in 1999, as Managing Editor and visionary for the first national magazine on autism spectrum disorders, the Autism Asperger's Digest, winner of multiple Gold awards for excellence. She continues in that position today. In addition to her writing collaborations with Ellen Notbohm, she has co-authored and/or edited 14 other books on autism and Asperger s, working with noted authors such as Temple Grandin (Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships; The Way I See It), James Ball (Early Intervention and Autism: Real-life Questions, Real-life Answers), Jean Duane (Bake Deliciously Gluten & Dairy Free), and Michelle Garcia Winner (Think Social!; Thinking About You Thinking About Me; Socially Curious and Curiously Social; A Politically Incorrect Look at Evidence-based Practices & Teaching Social Skills). Veronica makes her home in the beautiful western mountains of North Carolina.
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Each of the chapters is filled with tons of down-to-earth tips and advice for dealing with a variety of issues that commonly come with an ASD diagnosis. Chapter 1 addresses Sensory issues, addressing topics such as signs of sensory overstimulation, tips for choosing activities with sensory needs in mind (e.g., reducing noise and visual stimulation), many examples of sensory activities and games/games to build motor skills (e.g., sand play, swimming), and tips for dealing with sensory over/under sensitivities such as sensitivity to sounds or need for deep pressure. I liked the distinction the authors made between sensory needs vs. rewards, and sensory behaviours as dangerous vs. socially inappropriate vs. annoying. Chapter 2 addresses Communication and Language. There are strategies and tips for improving communication most appropriate to older/high functioning kids who use complete sentences (e.g., practicing hellos, goodbyes, back and forth conversation, questions, comments, compliments). There are a few tips for more early-stage communicators and kids with less language (e.g., communicative temptations, using active activities to motivate child to communicate, repeating new words in different situations)-- however I recommend the Early Start book or "More Than Words" by Fern Sussman for kids who are in the early stage of communication/language development. There are tips for building literacy and language skills using books for kids with more language, with lists of books and ideas for how to read with your child. There are also some good tips for communication with the child, such as using visuals, avoiding figures of speech, and "saying what you mean". There is also a handy list of possible communication goals for an IEP. Chapter 3 talks about Behaviours, leading with the idea that "Behaviors are communication". The book also emphasizes the importance of understanding the difference between "can't and won't" and looking under behaviour for reasons/triggers, as well as taking a positive approach and having high but realistic expectations. There are lots of insights sprinkled in here about what triggers may lead to difficulties. There are tips regarding helping kids learn how to express their needs and feelings, how to deal with resistant behaviours, aggressive behaviours, and meltdowns (e.g., don't lecture, stay calm, have a plan, choose your battles), how to use token systems, consequences, and behaviour contracts, and the "stop/do" method for giving corrections. Chapter 4 has do to with Daily Living. I found it has a huge range of practical advice for situations that can be a big struggle: haircuts, hair washing, toothbrushing, dentist and doctor visits, runny noses, using the toilet, special occasions, and making trips out in public. There are also tips for life events like moving and family deaths. There is some time spent on issues of sleep, safety, increasing food flexibility, and medication. The authors also cover the value of giving real choices, as well as setting clear limits around unsafe behaviour. There are a few tips for building independence skills, however the book does NOT really discuss how to teach specific skills for independence (e.g., self care skills such as dressing, bathing). Chapter 5 addresses Social Skills. The chapter addresses concepts such as perspective taking, flexible thinking, social referencing, joint attention, and theory of mind. The authors give some strategies to teaching social skills (e.g., games, social stories), while also giving more detailed ideas for teaching a few specific social skills (e.g., asking for a break, saying sorry, saying no, asking for help, sharing/trading), and teaching kids to identify/express feelings. For parents who want more information, books on social thinking such as those by Garcia-Winner may be helpful (e.g., You Are a Social Detective, Social Behaviour Mapping), books by Carol Grey on Comic Strip Conversations and Social Stories, books by Jed Baker (e.g., Social Skills Picture Book and Social Skills Training), as well as books that cover social norms or rules (e.g., The Hidden Curriculum, Social Rules for Kids). For understanding some of the principles and strategies of use in social skills instruction, Scott Bellini's "Building Social Relationships" may be helpful as well. Finally, Chapter 6 is specific to School. I found this chapter a bit less strong than some of the previous ones, perhaps because the authors are not intimately involved in the education system. It does cover important topics such as circle time, creating effective teaching moments ("pause and plan"), creating an ASD-friendly space (e.g., low lighting, minimize clutter), ASD-friendly teaching strategies (e.g., visuals), thoughts on "back to school", some accommodation ideas, and info for parents about special education advocacy and collaboration with teachers.
Overall, I thought this was a book many parents/teachers would find very helpful. As it is written by authors with lots of "in the trenches" experience (one being a parent to 2 boys with ASD), it has a practical flavour, with strategies parents/teachers can immediately implement. I also found this book very respectful of kids with ASD, and validating to parents. I think it is useful to note that this book is not written by medical professionals, nor does it refer to research or professional literature, so this perspective is not present. Current books that provide this perspective include "A Parent's Guide to High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder" and "Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know".
Overall, highly recommended.
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