--Trinny Holman, Queensland, Australia
--Paula Kluth, PhD
Author, You’re Going to Love This Kid and Pedro’s Whale
Auntor, The Out-of-Sync Child and The Goodenoughs Get In Sync
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"Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew," demystifying autism with accessible language and salty humor, has become one of the global autism community's most beloved books. An updated and expanded edition released in October 2012 won ForeWord Book of the Year Awards Bronze medal in Psychology.
"Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew" was named to onlinecolleges.net's list of The 20 Essential Books about Special Education: "A revolutionary read . . . (a) comprehensive, sensitive look at what life is like with the disorder. . . an integral resource when drawing up viable lesson plans and properly meeting specific emotional needs."
Ellen contributes to numerous publications, classrooms, conferences, and websites worldwide. Read excerpts of all Ellen's books at www.ellennotbohm.com. Reader comments and questions are welcome, through her website and Facebook page.
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And so begins Ten Things, with the first wish of a child - that he or she be known by one word, and one word only - "child," and not squelched by the label "autistic child." It ends with the child's final wish - that he receive unconditional love and acceptance. The remaining eight wishes tucked in between provide insight into the tools (via choices parents can make) that will honor, empower and respect their precious children and make all their wishes come true.
Ten Things zeros in on the importance of sensory issues and thoroughly explains their direct link to a child's behavior. Ellen reminds parents that "seemingly inexplicable behavior ... all have a sensory cause ... No matter how unprovoked, how random it may appear, behavior never comes out of nowhere." She guides parents through reformatting their own beliefs and suggests ways to identify and work with the child's sensory structure.
Ten Things addresses those infamous "meltdowns," explains the four trigger clusters, and offers suggestions on how to identify their underlying causes. Ellen acknowledges that it's hard work for parents to actively seek out reasons for those meltdowns rather than chalk them up to an out of control child that could do better if he wanted to. By her own diligence, and with the help of qualified professionals, meltdowns are a rare happening in her home now.Read more ›
The ten things the author lays out are simple, but essential in understanding and helping the child. She provides examples in terms that people without Autism can relate to in order to better understand certain behaviors. The recovery process is different for every child, but the information in this book will without a doubt help any family get on the road. Open your heart and read this book to really understand.
People, children in particular are people first, not "autistic child, autistic person." Autism is a shorthand label for specific behaviors that are rooted in neurobiology. In short, autism is a sensori-neurobiological condition.
The main theme and the common thread that links the ten items on this "wish list" of sorts is extending basic human courtesy to people with autism. Readers will be provided ways in order to help honor the rights, dignity and best interests of people with autism. Parents and educators in particular will take this book to heart.
This author translates seemingly bizarre behavior to the neurotypical world. All behavior has a sensory base. Many people with autism have hyperacute hearing. Show me someone with autism who doesn't hate loud noises and I'll show you a singing Boston bulldog who can tap dance as well. All sensory modes are heightened in people who have autism. Smells are stronger; certain materials are unbearable to the touch and in some cases painful; tastes are very strong; the sight of certain things can elicit strong reactions that are either very positive or very negative. I knew people with autism who hated blinking lights and retreat or cover their eyes when in the presence of a light that blinked on and off.
Beatle fans with autism are a very interesting group indeed. The mere sight of a Beatle picture brings strong positive reactions; the Beatles' music triggers a series of highly positive responses as well.
This brilliant book demystifies meltdowns and identifies triggers.Read more ›
This book should be required reading of any student who will be involved in the care of these children and it should definitely be on the nightstand of every parent, caregiver, teacher, aide, bus driver, administrator, etc. of these children!
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Great book to give to others who are just learning about AutismPublished 27 days ago by Michelle V.
The book is very helpful on understanding autism. Very useful tool when having contact with someone with autism. Would recommend it to everyone.Published 3 months ago by Angelia
This book was a real help to understand and help our child with autismPublished 3 months ago by Susanna Solano-Vigil