The Survival Guide for Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents)

The Survival Guide for Kids With Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents)

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October is Autism Awareness Month. This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically, some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get "stuck" on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing ("stims").

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions ("What's an ASD?" "Why me?") and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management,exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed.

The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists,resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Free Spirit Pub., c2012
ISBN: 9781575423852
Branch Call Number: j618.9285882 VER NVD
Characteristics: 234 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Reeve, Elizabeth
Kobyluch, Nick
Alternative Title: Autism spectrum disorders


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Jul 20, 2017

I was disappointed in this book. I found it annoyingly tedious. I'm a strong reader, but I found the book hard to read, because it is so wordy, so repetitious. It's hard to absorb information when you can't see the forest for the dense thicket of trees.

Dec 05, 2015

SUMMARY: This is a guide for kids on the Autism Spectrum. It is designed to help them understand their situation better and to provide ways to help them to help themselves through information. Section 1 provides information about Autism, what it is and what it means to have Autism. Section 2 is called Home, School and Community. It talks about family issues, social skills, making friends and how to succeed in school. Section 3 is called Body and Brain Basics. It talks about handling stress, stims, body issues and how to take care of yourself.

REVIEW: I LOVE THIS BOOK! I have a child on the spectrum and wish I had it when he was younger. It would have been a great help. This book has an amazing layout (colorful and fun) that makes it easy for kids to read. This book is written for kids with ASD so they can teach themselves things that will help them navigate the social world. The layout is also helpful for parents looking for information. This book is not a heavy read so you are going to get the basics without more background information or the science behind the story. Extremely user friendly. I recommend this book for any family with a child on the spectrum or educators as a resource.

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Advertised for GRADES 2-8. For the younger ages in this range, parents can read the book with their child. For the older kids--they may be more comfortable reading it completely by themselves, depending on the child.

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