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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew: Updated and Expanded Editionby Ellen Notbohm
2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards, Bronze Medal in Psychology
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A bestseller gets even better! 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 describes ten characteristics that help illuminate—not define—children with autism.
Ellen’s personal experiences as a parent of children with autism and ADHD, a celebrated autism author, and a contributor to numerous publications, classrooms, conferences, and websites around the world coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. This updated edition delves into expanded thought and deeper discussion of communication issues, social processing skills, and the critical roles adult perspectives play in guiding the child with autism to a meaningful, self-sufficient, productive life.
A bonus section includes ten more essential, thought-provoking "things" to share with young people on the spectrum as they cross the threshold of adulthood, and an appendix of more than seventy questions suitable for group discussion or self-reflection. This new edition sounds an even more resonant call to action, carrying the reader farther into understanding the needs and the potential of every child with autism.
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 lists the top ten characteristics that help illuminate—not define—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. Readers typically do not buy just one of this book—they buy one for everyone who interacts with their child! In this revised and expanded edition, new features like updated research, additional sections, and study guides will pave the way for its inclusion in book clubs, college curricula, and more!
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 all over the world. 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 or Asperger's, 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.
Table of Contents
Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew
Chapter 1: I am a whole child
Chapter 2: My senses are out of sync
Chapter 3: Distinguish between won't and can't
Chapter 4: I am a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally
Chapter 5: Listen to all the ways I'm trying to communicate
Chapter 6: Picture this! I am visually oriented
Chapter 7: Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can't do
Chapter 8: Help me with social interactions
Chapter 9: Identify what triggers my meltdowns
Chapter 10: Love me unconditionally
Triumph and Transition
Questions for groups discussion or self-reflection
More by Ellen Notbohm: book excerpt, Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew
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