“Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew breaks new ground in teaching children with autism spectrum disorders. A ‘must’ for school districts around the country, their educators, parents and PTAs.” Charles D. Hammerman, Managing Director, The Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
“Ellen Notbohm’s clever and compassionate understanding of how we think and learn makes her new book the best ally your student with autism could wish for.” William Stillman, Asperger’s self-advocate and author of Demystifying the Autistic Experience
“Ellen captures the major issues of autism and makes them understandable and useable, even to those new to spectrum disorders…” Nancy H. Cale, Vice President, Unlocking Autism
About the Author
Book author, columnist, and mother of sons with autism and ADHD, Ellen Notbohm’s writings on autism and general interest subjects have been published on every continent (except Antarctica—yet). Her books, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew, and The Autism Trail Guide are ForeWord Book of the Year finalists. Both Ten Things books are also iParenting Media Award recipients. A regular columnist for Autism Asperger’s Digest magazine and Children’s Voice, she also co-authored with Veronica Zysk 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, a Learning Magazine 2006 Teachers’ Choice Award winner. Beyond autism, she is a frequent contributor to Ancestry magazine, has published political commentary in the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers around the U.S., and writes for numerous regional and national magazines on a range of subjects. Ellen welcomes reader feedback and newsletter signs-ups through her website at www.ellennotbohm.com.
Award-winning author and mother of sons with ADHD and autism, Ellen Notbohm's work has informed and delighted millions in more than twenty languages. Her books have won numerous honors, including a Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, ForeWord Book of Year Bronze medal, Honorable Mention and two finalist designations, two Mom's Choice Gold Awards, Learning magazine's Teacher's Choice Award and an Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist honor.
"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.
"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.
The child of Ellen Notbohm's award-winning Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew is now a student in her latest book, Ten Things Your Student With Autism Wishes You Knew. In the student's voice, Ellen enlightens trained educators, support staff, therapists, administrators, parents, and family members about what their student wishes they knew. She offers a concise and comprehensive discussion of the underlying issues that influence teaching students with autism.
Ten Things is practical and written in clear, no-nonsense language. Ellen engages her audience with a lively and often witty writing style. She captures what it is like to function in the world of a student with autism, and provides a thoughtful examination and explanation of remedies for the problems she identifies.
Ellen says, "To be able to hear the voice of our student with autism and respond in ways that are meaningful to him or her, we must be able to step outside our own deeply, deeply ingrained frame of reference." She shows how important and possible it is to suspend all we know so we are able to think differently.
Ten Things is founded on the essential circle of learning between student and teacher, and it challenges us to lay aside our egos and become child centered. To use Ellen's quote from the 1995 Disney movie "Pocahontas", if you read and apply Ten Things, "You'll learn things you never knew you never knew.Read more ›
I gave a copy of this book and "Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew" to my child's principal and teacher. As the parent of a child with autism, I find myself reading these books again and again. What I appreciate most is the emphasis on recognizing the child with autism as a whole person, and not a series of problems needing to be fixed. They're short, easy to read, and packed with useful information for anyone wanting to know more about what it's like to be a child with autism in a neuro-typical world.
This is the best book I have ever read on the topic and believe me I have read hundreds!! I am currently reading this book with my therapy team and paraprofessionals in my classroom as a book club on a weekly basis to give us a new perspective. Definite read for anyone working in this field and for parents too! Wish some of my parents would read it so they would understand that we are all on the same team.
Ellen Notbohm's second book about autism, TEN THINGS YOUR STUDENT WITH AUTISM WISHES YOU KNEW, is every bit as informative and encouraging as her first. She gets to the point, writes from personal experience, provides practical insight, and she cares. Her first book, TEN THINGS YOUR CHILD WITH AUTISM WISHES YOU KNEW, addressed matters pertaining to the very young. This book continues with the older child's development. After reading her book(s), anyone who deals with the mysteries of autism should feel greatly encouraged and better equipped to help these children grow.
We got this book because our nephew is autistic and we wanted a better understanding of why he does what he does. After reading this book which was recommended by a friend, we are no longer in the dark about alot of his behavior problems. We thought it was him, as it turns out, we were the ones who needed the education on how to treat him so we wouldnt trigger certain things in his behavior. It works!!
This book gave me a picture from inside a sweet one's mind. I also recommend Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew, by the same author. Again this is basic but valuable information. These are two of my favorite books about Autism and the first that I lend out to others who ask me about my students.
Ellen Notbohm has succeeded in coming up with more "things" to let the reader understand the child with autism (which shows the respect learned in the first book of recognizing the child first and the diagnosis second instead of saying the autistic child). Teachers are taught little to nothing on child development and child psychology as they learn to be teachers. This includes the teachers going into special education or emotional / behavioral disorder areas.
This book should be a must for all who work with these children, from the teachers and paras (and administration)to the staff for the cafeteria, library, and front office. There are too many negative assumptions about the motives of the behaviors of these children. 10 Things will help them to walk in the shoes of these children for a moment, hopefully developing a better understanding and empathy for what they are going through, and allowing for more support and accommodations that will allow them to learn and grow as individuals.
I bought this book along with, Ten Things Your Child With Autism Wishes You Knew, and they have been two of the most valuable books that I have purchased. Inside these pages I found the key to understanding my child better. I found them so informative that I even bought copies for my child's teacher to keep.