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Floortime Strategies

Floortime Strategies

Floortime Strategies to Promote Development in Children and Teens: A User’s Guide to the DIR: Floortime is a highly effective intervention approach for children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disorders. Now there’s a step-by-step guide for parents to LEARN and professionals to TEACH the DIRFloortime® model of helping young people with social, emotional, and cognitive challenges.

The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism: A story never before told and a memoir to help change our understanding of the world around us, 13-year-old Naoki Higashida’s astonishing, the empathetic book takes us into the mind of a boy with severe autism. With an introduction by David Mitchell, author of the global phenomenon, Cloud Atlas, and translated by his wife, KA Yoshida. 

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

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.

Targeting Autism by Shirley Cohen

Targeting Autism by Shirley Cohen

Targeting Autism: What We Know, Don’t Know, and Can Do to Help Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Targeting Autism reaches out to everyone who lives with or cares about a young child with autism. First published in 1998 and updated in 2002, author Shirley Cohen has recast this best seller throughout to chart the dynamics of the autism world in the first years of the twenty-first century. In this expanded edition she provides specifics about the new developments that have modified the map of the world of autism or that may do so in the near future.

Initiations and Interactions

Initiations and Interactions

Initiations and Interactions: Early Intervention Techniques for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Research suggests an early start is the key to a successful intervention for children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. What many don’t know is that research also shows that for most early intervention programs to be effective, they must involve a child’s primary caregivers, especially when it comes to such an all-pervasive area as communication. This book does not advocate that parents steer clear of therapists and specialists. Instead, it attempts to put more control in the parents’ hands. Without adding to parents’ already busy schedules, Teresa Cardon, a speech language pathologist and author of best-selling Let’s Talk Emotions (see page 33), discusses the importance of creating a communication environment in the home. Simple everyday tools include deliberate use of books, toys, visual schedules, and labeling, among others. If your child is currently receiving several therapies, or if you are trying on your own to help encourage and foster communication interactions with your child, take the tools you find helpful in this book and make sure that a “family-centered” approach is part of your weekly regime. If your child is one of the thousands who have been “wait-listed” for services, wait no more – the tools are at your fingertips!

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism: Using Everyday Activities to Help Kids Connect, Communicate, and Learn: Cutting-edge research reveals that parents can play a huge role in helping toddlers and preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) connect with others and live up to their potential. This encouraging guide from the developers of a groundbreaking early intervention program provides doable, practical strategies you can use every day. Nearly all young kids—including those with ASD—have an amazing capacity to learn. Drs. Sally Rogers, Geraldine Dawson, and Laurie Vismara make it surprisingly simple to turn daily routines like breakfast or bath time into fun and rewarding learning experiences that target crucial developmental skills. Vivid examples illustrate proven techniques for promoting play, language, and engagement. Get an early start—and give your child the tools to explore and enjoy the world.

More Than Words Second Edition

Updated to reflect the most current view on naturalistic models of communication, this beautifully illustrated guidebook provides a step-by-step guide for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other social communication difficulties. Presented in a user friendly format, the book s research-based strategies show parents how to turn everyday activities with their child into opportunities for interaction and communication. Also invaluable for SLP/Ts and other professionals who provide service to children with ASD and their families.

TalkAbility: People Skills for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum - A Guide for Parents First Edition:

TalkAbility:

TalkAbility: People Skills for Verbal Children on the Autism Spectrum – A Guide for Parents First Edition: Even after they have learned to talk, children ages 3-7 with Asperger syndrome, mild autism or social difficulties face special communication challenges. To have real ‘talk ability,’ children have to understand the meaning behind the words by tuning in to the thoughts and feelings of other people. Parents and professionals have long sought a down-to-earth guide on how to help these children develop the people skills that make it possible to engage in real conversations and connect well with others. TalkAbility answers this need with a wealth of practical strategies that parents can build into their child s everyday life. These strategies help children gain both the social and special language abilities necessary for successful conversations and friendships.

The Out-of-Sync Child

The Out-of-Sync Child

The Out-of-Sync Child: “Difficult.” “Picky.” “Oversensitive.” “Clumsy.” “Unpredictable.” “Inattentive.” Children who have been labeled with words like these may actually be suffering from Sensory Integration Disorder-a very common, but frequently misdiagnosed, condition that can manifest itself in excessively high or low activity levels, problems with motor coordination, oversensitivity or undersensitivity to sensations and movements, and other symptoms. This guide, written by an expert in the field, explains how SI Dysfunction can be confused with ADD, learning disabilities, and other problems, tells how parents can recognize the problem-and offers a drug-free treatment approach for children who need help.

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism

An Early Start for Your Child with Autism

Growing Up with Sensory Issues: Insider Tips from a Woman with Autism: No matter how high-functioning children with autism or Asperger’s may be, they are going to have trouble with their sensory issues. Enter Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Aspie at Large! Co-author of the groundbreaking book Asperger’s and Girls, Jennifer’s personal experience with Asperger’s Syndrome and SPD makes her perspective doubly insightful. Jennifer’s straightforward and humorous delivery will keep caregivers turning the page for the next creative solution