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The Chameleon Kid--Controlling Meltdown Before He Controls You Hardcover – July 9, 2008

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Elaine Marie Larson has done it again! The Chameleon Kid is a creative and cleverly illustrated book that is sure to help children with autism spectrum disorders to better understand the intensity of their emotions. It is essential that parents and educators address emotional regulation and teach highly anxious children how to relax their bodies when overwhelmed by social and environmental stressors. This book is sure to become a favorite addition to any relaxation curriculum. --Kari Dunn Buron, author, and autism education specialist,<br /><br />I love the cartoons! The pictures are great! This book helps kids understand what they can do if they feel a Meltdown coming. I also really like that it explains so many idioms. --Jordan Blackwell, 10, has written articles and presented nationally on his experiences and<br /><br />The Chameleon Kid is an invaluable resource for children with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism. The book teaches the child to handle difficult situations with a positive approach. The illustrations are visually inviting to young children with autism spectrum disorders. Elaine Larson did an outstanding job creating this necessary resource for controlling The Monster. --Danielle Wendel, co-author (with Lori Ernsperger) of Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism

I love the cartoons! The pictures are great! This book helps kids understand what they can do if they feel a Meltdown coming. I also really like that it explains so many idioms. --Jordan Blackwell, 10, has written articles and presented nationally on his experiences and

The Chameleon Kid is an invaluable resource for children with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism. The book teaches the child to handle difficult situations with a positive approach. The illustrations are visually inviting to young children with autism spectrum disorders. Elaine Larson did an outstanding job creating this necessary resource for controlling The Monster. --Danielle Wendel, co-author (with Lori Ernsperger) of Girls Under the Umbrella of Autism

About the Author

Elaine Marie Larson is a former preschool, elementary and adult English-as-a-Second-Language teacher. Elaine has written a series of illustrated children s books to help her young grandson, who has Asperger Syndrome, grow in self-awareness of his many capabilities, learn to cope with his emotions and, in general, be proud of who he is. Elaine also hopes her books will help readers of all ages realize that people with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism have numerous positive attributes and are similar to their peers in many ways. Elaine s other writings include a book on gravity (Up and Down), stories, poetry and essays. A lifelong resident of Minnesota, Elaine lives with her husband in the Minneapolis area. Her six grandchildren live close by and are often the inspiration for her writing.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 41 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company; illustrated edition edition (July 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934575224
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934575222
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,248,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By girlygirl333 on March 24, 2013
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I was so excited to buy this book for my son. He has PDD-NOS and PTSD from repeated abuse, restraint and seclusion by previous school staff. He has some pretty destructive meltdowns. I felt this book would be something he could relate to. He was really happy with it until he turned a few pages in and the pages started falling out. He has difficulty turning pages due to having flat palms. He was pretty upset about it so I sent the book back. Amazon was great, they sent me a new book no hassle. The new book had the same issue, same several pages even. I sent it back too. I tried contacting the company thinking maybe Amazon got a bad batch and I could order directly from them. They never returned my call.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Keating-Velasco on July 25, 2008
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I just received a copy of Chameleon Kid - Controlling Meltdown Before He Controls You and am in awe of the entire package! It's a hard covered book with a vibrantly-illustrated cover which is sure to catch the attention of any child...or even adults like me. The cleverly illustrated book takes "meltdown" to a new level of learning. While meltdowns and behavioral outbursts are typically beyond a child's conscious control, this book offers ways for kids to take control of meltdown by "taming the monster."

"Meltdown" is cartoonized into a cartoonish monster. The book gives young people a bookful of ways to use their own power to push this monster away to avoid the unpleasant behaviors that he can create. By making "Meltdown" visual, it helps young people see this character as something to avoid, but beyond that the book offers pages and pages of ways to do this in a fun and colorful almost comic strip book format. Each page of this 41 page high quality book offers one suggestion to avoid "Meltdown." But, on top of that, each page also offers an idiom (which can be tricky for kids on the spectrum to understand) and better defines that idiom. So, there are SO many levels of teaching and entertainment on this book, that I think it will be a favorite book in many families. Each page section also has a cartoonized large pictured child which makes the book real and not just a comic strip.

At the end of the colorful educational and fun ride through this book, Ms. Larson offers a checklist of options that can be used by a child to triumph over "Meltdown." In addition, an activity page offers suggestions of how to deal with meltdown issues that occur and how to think ahead of "Meltdown.
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By M. K Stover on March 26, 2010
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I thought this book was okay. it seemed to be hard for my son to relate to. I understood what it was trying to say, but it seemed to confuse him.
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