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What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Levy
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"All children with autism have ways of dropping into their own world, leaving us behind for a minute, an hour, a day."

This is the essence of autism: a disorder that is, at its heart, about interaction. Many of the symptoms associated with autism come from either a lack of paying attention to other people or a lack of interest in joining in with the rest of the world.

Because this is the case, it is important that when you work with your child, you are addressing the core issue of autism: your child, for one reason or another, is not spending enough time in our interactive world.

What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism gives you the best techniques you can do ? right now ? to work with your child and draw him or her back into our interactive world.

The ten techniques in the book are not just explained in detail, they are also illustrated by true stories of Mr. Levy's work with children with autism (and their parents).

Topics include:

Don't React: How you respond to your child's behaviors can make all the difference. Learn why most people are ineffective in discouraging their child's 'problem' behaviors and how you can do it differently.

Make Eye Contact a Priority: Understand why eye contact is vital to your child's development and easy steps you can take to help your child to look more.

Join with the Stims: A different and powerful approach to your child's self stimulating and repetitious behaviors.

Respond Differently to Crying: Most of us give children great reasons to cry and act unhappy. Learn to teach your child a more effective way to communicate with you and the rest of the world.

Give Your Child as much Control as Possible: Most children with autism are told "No" much of the time by their parents, teachers, and family members. Make interacting with people more attractive to your child by allowing him to do more of what he wants and moving against him less.

Focus on Your Attitude: A hidden factor in your child's development is how you feel as you work with her. Learn why this is the case and how to feel better, more of the time.

Work One-On-One in a Non-Distracting Room: Why school isn't the best place for your child to develop and grow. Understand the three main factors in a successful educational environment.

Be Dynamic with Your Child: Enthusiasm matters to your child's growth. Learn the three tools you can use to demonstrate energy, excitement, and enthusiasm.

Get More Language: There are three categories of language ability, which does your child fit into? Master techniques that will enable your child to improve her speech, whatever her current level.

Make Sure Food Isn't Part of the Problem: An explanation of dairy and wheat intolerances, and why sugar isn't helping your child. Also, how to introduce new foods so he actually eats them.


When parents feel their world spinning out of control, What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism puts the power back in their hands to work with--and help--their child.


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From the Back Cover

All autistic children have ways of dropping into their own world, leaving us behind for a minute, an hour, a day. This is the essence of autism: a disorder that is, at its heart, about interaction. Many of the symptoms associated with autism come from either a lack of paying attention to other people or a lack of interest in joining in with the rest of the world. Because this is the case, it is important that when you work with your child, you are addressing the core issue of autism: your child, for one reason or another, is not spending enough time in our interactive world.

What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism gives you the best tangible things that you can do-right now-to work with your child and draw him or her back into our interactive world. You do have the ability to help your child interact more deeply and consistently.

About the Author

Jonathan Levy has worked one-on-one with over 800 children with diagnosis ranging from severely autistic to Asperger's syndrome and trained parents individually and in seminars since 1994. He has a master's degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.



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  • File Size: 1444 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks (March 1, 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002361MKQ
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Advice to empower parents and caregivers...Fantastic!!! September 19, 2007
Format:Paperback
Levy lays out 10 straight forward techniques to help those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (e.g., Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), PDD-NOS, Asperger's Syndrome, ...), as well as addresses parents' feelings/experiences with a special child and includes instructions on charting where a child is (in terms of eye contact, language, what a child is eating [GF/CF] and more). It forewarns the reader of the pitfalls of assuming that a child gives plenty of eye contact (chart it to be sure) or if a child is very verbal (are they really interacting in our world?)...we have all been on the phone with someone while answering emails and said just enough to convince the other person that we are really engaging with them ("really", "that's interesting", "go on"...), yet we are not really interacting with them.

This book is an enjoyable read...unlike some other books on autism, it is not burdened by heavy technical jargon that leaves the reader feeling inferior, rather Levy's book uses language to empower the reader. The book also has a website that has on-line video seminars. While this book ideally recommends a home-school setting, I still advise teachers to read it too. Because, lets face it, not everyone's circumstances allow them to keep their child home. So, if your going to be dealing with ASD kids, you will be far better off to have some real tools that will help you teach those in your care. We are getting our daughter back as a result of this approach. She is progressing by leaps and bounds in the areas of eye contact, verbal communication, sleep pattern, demeanor, and is now fully potty trained. This book is a MUST HAVE!!!!!!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Practical, Down To Earth August 28, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a very good guide for parents and teachers who wish to waste no time in treating their autistic child or student. The author "sells" his ideas very quickly and effectively with a powerful introduction. He's been there, seen the worst, done it and has numerous successes stories under his belt.

The 10 steps he recommends (listed and briefly explained in the synopsis) require very little preparation to execute. A few of the tips are obvious. Some are enlightening and some are downright controversial. Do they all work for all autistic children? Only reliable research data will reveal the whole and objective truth, but many of the exercises recommended by the author probably won't hurt. Some may even be very effective.

The wonderful thing about some of the author's insights is that a lot of his advice is good not just for autistic children but also for normal children who don't behave well. My only complaint is that there are probably more tricks than these that the author is not sharing with us yet.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you know ANYONE with autism - get this book! June 1, 2007
Format:Paperback
These truly are the most important things you can do to begin to reach your child! If you don't already know these things from running your own Son-Rise program and whether or not you have chosen Son-Rise as your method for reaching your autistic child, this is a great resource for you and EVERYONE who will be in constant contact with your autistic child! It is simple, easy to read and understand and you can apply all of these strategies into your life immediately and see the results for yourself!

This is a fantastic Son-Rise handbook!! Please write volume 2 Jonathan!!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing and empowering! May 30, 2007
Format:Paperback
I am a mother of a 6 year old son diagnosed with autism. As a parent, we are sometimes left feeling hopeless and powerless when our children are first diagnosed. Let me tell you, you no longer have to feel that way! Jonathan Levy's book was so uplifting, helpful, and incredibly fun to read! I have been doing The Son-Rise Program (referred to in his book) for 2 1/2 years. My son has grown LEAPS and BOUNDS! Jonathan's 10 helpful strategies will absolutely transform your attitude and your child! It's a MUST READ for all parents with a child on the spectrum of autism. You will feel empowered and excited about helping your son or daughter improve and become so much more connected. N. Schumacher, Ph.D
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!! The one books I've been looking for!!! November 24, 2007
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic!! I wish I had found it a long time ago! This book gives you tips on what you can do now with your child! And it's all very easy to understand and easy things you can do! Such as:

1. Don't react
2. Make eye contact a priority
3. Join with the stims
4. Respond differently to the crying
5. Give your child as much control as possible
6. Focus on your attitude
7. Work one on one in a non distracting room
8. Be dynamic with your child.
9 Get more Lanquage
10. Make sure food isn't part of the problem.

It explains each one in easy detail. I finally feel like I can do something to help!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! July 7, 2007
Format:Paperback
What a great book! Jonathan's writing style is conversational and so easy to read. I felt as though he was talking to me. His specfic and practical suggestions for parents are applicable immediately. I also appreciated how much he enjoys autistic children and their parents. His sense of humor and directness were apparent throughout each chapter. His approach is also applicable to raising children, in general. Thanks Jonathan for sharing yourself and your wisdom with others.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NJR August 25, 2007
Format:Paperback
I would recommend this book to parents who have just found out their child is autistic because it offers some helpful advice on dealing with an autistic child on a practical level. It also provides some helpful hints on what the parents need to work on asap with their child such as eye contact, behavioral problems, stemming, and offering different foods to your child so they won't be stuck on the same food preferences which may or may not be healthy. I would add to this book a chapter on helping your child to talk. Bumble Bee language tapes offered on-line were very helpful to our family with making sure our autistic son could speak and communicate his wants and needs which helped eliminate his frustration and early behavioral problems. The parents have to keep talking with their child and practice the very important eye contact to help their child succeed in life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Pretty knowledgable book,good information
Published 2 months ago by christina patchett
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it for parents
Very clear, practical advice. Realistic, but at the same time hopeful. We ordered two copies so we could share with our daughter, who has a precious son with autism. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful!!!
Excellent book!!! It gives clear, specific ideas for helping an autistic person.
Published 8 months ago by Vicki
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book and gained a lot of great ideas from it.
Published 8 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The most practical book on the subject.
Published 9 months ago by HYCE
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book
I wish this book was written 20 years ago.

If you have a child or know anyone with autism read this book now. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. A R
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple, Common-Sense, and No Expensive & Controversial Biomedical...
I am beyond thrilled to have come across Jonathan Levy's book early on in our journey to learn about treatments for our autistic child. Read more
Published on December 4, 2011 by CrimsonGirl
1.0 out of 5 stars Harmful misinformation
Levy's writing about autism is uninformed, oversimplified, and often completely untrue. He demonstrates his lack of understanding of autism when he writes that autistic people... Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by Z_Omega
5.0 out of 5 stars The best
Have read and researched multiple books, articles, websites, and doctors. This was absolutely the best and saw improvement in a short period of time with my son.
Published on December 10, 2010 by Sue V.
5.0 out of 5 stars G8T! Book
This book is a g8t read, especially if UR in a position to effect the life of someone who has autism. A must read for Educators, School Administrators, Professors, and the likes... Read more
Published on April 3, 2010 by Jerry M.
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