The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)
June 14, 2012
By Autism Society
I have to work hard to pay attention to what is happening.”
“I have trouble communicating. Like it’s hard for me to say, What’s up?”
“It’s really easy to lose focus when I look people in the eye.”
“Is there something I’d like to tell people? Yes: I don’t bite.”
These are the words of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Some of these children are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get “stuck” on this, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements. All children with ASD grow and change. They need a book that keep them informed and helps them achieve to the best of their abilities and at their own pace. This book is that guide.
Meant to be read with a parent, it addresses big questions (“What’s ASD?” “Why me?”) and provides strategies for communicating, making friends and succeeding in school. A section on body and brain basics highlights symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, toileting, and “stims.” Special emphasis is placed on helping children handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from their “team of helpers” when needed. Filled with quotes and stories from real kids, the book also offers helpful facts, checklists, dialogues and resources. Think of this Survival Guide as a handbook to turn to whenever help is needed. Use it to introduce a new topic or skill. Come back to it when your child is asking questions, facing changes, reaching a milestone or struggling. Learn more on Amazon.
April 10, 2013
The Autism Society, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots autism organization, has chosen Pittsburgh as the host city of its 44th annual conference on autism spectrum disorders.
April 5, 2013
Individuals with autism can attend the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition (in Pittsburgh) for FREE this year! Learn more: www.autism-society.org/conference.
April 3, 2013
Monarch Teaching Technologies, the makers of VizZle®, web-based educational software for visual learners with autism, will give one-year of free VizZle to every new (or renewing) Champion Member during April.
April 2, 2013
Read the Autism Society’s digital magazine about autism spectrum disorders!
April 2, 2013
Today, throughout the world, individuals will come together highlighting the needs and dreams of people living with autism.