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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 8
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing; The Free Spirit Survival Guides for Kids edition (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575423855
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575423852
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“With a kid-friendly format featuring brightly colored text and cartoon drawings, The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) is a well-organized, go-to resource packed with solid information and advice for kids and adults.”—Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal


“Finally, a book that relates to kids on the spectrum because it incorporates actual stories from their lives in their own words! I loved the format, readability, and the content . . . [a] big thumbs up to [the] authors for tackling a tough subject and giving voice to the very group it impacts—kids with autism.”—Louise Sattler, school psychologist, contributor to Education.com



“Verdick and Reeve’s guide manages to skillfully balance on the edge between information-heavy academic books and too-simplistic books for young children. They have produced an informative, practical guide for late elementary and middle school students that neither talks down to them nor floats above their heads.”—VOYA


“Pick it up for its emphasis on self-acceptance and its A-to-Z nature.”—Scholastic Parent & Child
 



“A treasured resource for families looking for help in successfully working through some of the problems faced by higher-functioning children with ASD. Buy two copies; one is sure to get worn out with use.”—School Library Journal


“This book is designed to be a resource for the entire ‘team of helpers’ rooting for every child trying to reach [his or her] full potential, including parents, teachers, friends, and support staff. The overarching tone is one of openness, making no social or physical facet of ASD taboo. Real problems are answered with real solutions shared by kids. Interesting anecdotes and cartoon illustrations are presented alongside invaluable tools . . . [T]he authors lay a strong foundation in giving kids the ultimate skill of self-advocacy.”—Booklist


“With so many children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, numerous new advice books are becoming available. This is one of the more useful ones . . . It explains in clear language strategies children can train themselves to employ to improve functioning in the neurotypical world and why these might be useful. Generally useful and easily readable . . . with lots of practical advice, especially appropriate for grade-schoolers and their caregivers.”—Kirkus


“Filled with useful, accessible advice; appealingly colorful, and jauntily illustrated, The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders should be one of the first books a family buys after a diagnosis. I wish it had been around when my own son was the right age for it, but I’m glad it’s here now; it will be invaluable to so many children and their families.”—Claire LaZebnik, coauthor of Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum

About the Author

Elizabeth Verdick has been writing books since 1997, the year her daughter was born. Her two children, now ages 14 and 10, are the inspiration for nearly everything she writes. In this survival guide, she writes from the perspective of a mother with a son on the spectrum and a passionate advocate for kids and parents in the autism community. She is the author of books in several Free Spirit series including Toddler Tools™, Best Behavior™, Laugh & Learn™, and Adding Assets for Kids. Elizabeth lives with her family and five pets near St. Paul, Minnesota.

Elizabeth Reeve, M.D., contributes not only her medical knowledge, but also her experiences as a mother of a son who has autism. Her clinical work focuses primarily on children and adults with developmental disabilities, and she has worked with many community organizations providing services to this population. In addition to her research and patient care, she is involved in teaching on a daily basis, regularly speaks in the community to educate others in the field of developmental disabilities, and stays up-to-date on this ever-changing field. Her recent endeavors focus on transition issues for young adults with ASDs as they enter college and the work force. She currently works in St. Paul and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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I'm hoping it will help him understand his awesomeness.
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I recommend this book for any family with a child on the spectrum.
Michelle McBeth
Easy to understand, and the information was very heplful.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By V. Mason on June 15, 2012
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We first got this book from the library for my 8 year old daughter. She has Aspergers, ADHD and is a Sensory seeker It was amazing! She read the book twice-without being told. It is loaded with information that even an 8 year old can understand. That isn't even the best part! It is loaded with little biography entries about other children with ASD! The stories are about children with different diagnosis. They cover a large variety of issues and how the child overcame the issue or is learning to overcome the issue. It is packed with great advice geared toward the child. There is no other book like it. I strongly recommend this book to all the kids with ASD as does my daughter.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Folks on October 22, 2012
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This superbly written guide is educational and entertaining for parents and their kids with developmental disorder. Generally, I would say that this is an authoritative monograph written by two authors who have personal experience with their own special needs child. The illustrations and easy-to-read chapters make this a fun book for youngsters, and the guide provides insightful and practical approaches to parenting of kids with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Reeve, a psychiatrist with loads of experience in the field, provides perfect balance of professional advice on difficult topics including social skills and family functioning.
I would think that every parent of a child diagnosed with autism, Asperger symdrome or pervasive developmental disorder will benefit in reading this book cover to cover. A number of other books are recommended by the authors for additional information about autism; references are also provided on the best organizations that provide support or additional educational assistance to parents and professionals or educators. As a physician, I found this book to be a real gem among the guides that are available to us on autism spectrum disordered kds. Educators, clinicians, and parents will benefit from having this text on their bookshelf for reference and encoragement. I do hope that the authors will go on to publish a guide addressing older adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disrders and co-morbid conditiond, as this age group (and their parents) really struggle with their disability. If you are looking for a good guide for this topic, then this book is well worth the investment.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By slw on January 10, 2013
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I have read thousands of pages about autism and its related issues. There has never been a book so EXACTLY on target for reading with my son. The authors use appropriate tact, and bluntness when needed, to breach topics that are ongoing issues for our kids.I expected to have to insist on SSW reading it, but instead, he reads it on his own. Well done, and thank you.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 5, 2013
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My son was having some issues with self-esteem related to his ASD diagnosis, so I did what I frequently do and browsed Amazon for books. I came across this one and I was sold nearly instantly.
My son loves this book. It was easy for him to understand and explained his ASD in a positive yet realistic way. He goes to this book often to help him with social skills and emotional regulation as well as to help him feel "normal" about having ASD. It's good for parents and kids. If you're thinking of buying this book, you totally should!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn K. of Hoagies' Gifted Education Page on October 20, 2012
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My daughter is 17 now, and though it's written for younger kids, I will share this book with her. I'm certain there are things she can learn from it before heading off to college, and it's format is appealing enough to be entertaining for kids of all ages with characteristics of Aspergers Syndrome or high-functioning Autism.

One story in particular, the cookies at lunch, could have been written by my daughter back in elementary school. I never understood her motivation, until now. So I guess you can say I gained something from this book, too. And much of the book would be great to read with the classmates of kids with Autistic characteristics, since it explains them so well. An excellent title, all around.

You can "see inside" the book here on Amazon, so I'll forgo a listing of the great chapters included. But suffice it to say there is plenty of great information inside. And it would be a great title for the borrowing library of any school or psychological or counseling practice dealing with kids with Autism or Aspergers.

Thanks, Elizabeth & Elizabeth & Free Spirit Press!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hester K. Nijland on February 10, 2013
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Using it to work through with my students with Aspergers/HFA. The language used in the book is positive and easy to understand. It's not always easy to think of the "best" words to use whilst teaching students with ASD about Autism and how the neuro-typical world works.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rncmom on October 10, 2012
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I searched for a while for a book just like this. Something to help explain to my Autistic son what was going on, and how he differed a little from the other kids his age. Also something that he could read to help explain, a lot better, exactly what ASD was and how he can deal with things that trouble him.
He and I have started to read this together. He is very apprehensive about what is in it, but we read bit by bit. I think this is a perfect book if you are having a hard time with explaining to your child(ren) what is going on with them, pertaining to ASD. I hope though that there are more to come like this, and that they are a little more age appropriate. This is a little too advanced for my son, but we will manage.
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