- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (December 21, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1849057230
- ISBN-13: 978-1849057233
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,161,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger's (ASD): Create a Personalized Guide to Success for Home, School, and the Community
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Parents of a child with ASD have to navigate a new landscape of school support, therapy and family dynamics. They need information, explanations and practical strategies to traverse the new terrain and reach their destination of achievements and acceptance. This guide will become the 'go to' book for parents on their journey. -- Tony Attwood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Australia, and author of 'The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome' Take a journey with a wise professional and an exquisite case manager-mother. They lay out tools for you to use and customize for the child you parent and/or work with. Cornelia opens her heart honestly to share her journey and the two of them chart a course for you, overflowing with designs for a written guide and ways to organize the challenges of being an important adult to each unique child with ASD. -- Elsa Abele CCC SLP, Consultant in Pragmatic Language for Social Communication
Parents of a child with ASD have to navigate a new landscape of school support, therapy and family dynamics. They need information, explanations and practical strategies to traverse the new terrain and reach their destination of achievements and acceptance. This guide will become the 'go to' book for parents on their journey. (Tony Attwood, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Minds & Hearts Clinic, Australia, and author of 'The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome')
Take a journey with a wise professional and an exquisite case manager-mother. They lay out tools for you to use and customize for the child you parent and/or work with. Cornelia opens her heart honestly to share her journey and the two of them chart a course for you, overflowing with designs for a written guide and ways to organize the challenges of being an important adult to each unique child with ASD. (Elsa Abele CCC SLP, Consultant in Pragmatic Language for Social Communication)
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This book provides an owner's manual that can be customized to a child’s personal situation. The authors have the duel perspectives of both parent and special education professional, and create a whole perspective approach to provide a useful reference and a highly personalized guide; the book offers many practical suggestions, tips, best practices, and interventions.
“Take Charge” also includes deeply personal and poignant insights into caring for a young person with Asperger’s. The book is empowering, showing how a parent/caregiver can be the child’s strongest advocate for the child’s needs – in school, socially, and in working with service providers. The book skillfully encompasses all aspects of the child’s life. Each chapter is broken down into lists to help guide the parent/caregiver in a customized plan.
With both pragmatism and a nurturing approach, the authors offer up strategies to lessen a child’s stress, as well as that of the parent, by helping to customize a useful, structured environment, set expectations, and by suggesting ways to create relationships which are both positive and nurturing for the child. The strategies are broken down into digestible practical approaches; the authors gently guide the reader, empowering the reader to feel as if the approaches are doable, not overwhelming. The voice of the authors– experienced and understanding – comes through clearly to help guide you on your journey to creating a stress-free environment and fostering independence for the child. “Take Charge” is an important book for parents, educators, clinicians, and for those in training.
I have three daughters, and two of them are on the autism spectrum. They are high functioning, and sometimes, people in our community are unaware of the diagnosis because the girls often “present” as neurotypical. This is, perhaps, not the blessing that it might appear to be, because meltdowns and other displays of frustration can be jarring to people who are not close enough with us to know about their diagnoses.
We are grateful to live in a town with a wonderful school system. The teachers we have worked with have extensive knowledge and experience with children on the autism spectrum. On my oldest daughter’s first day of kindergarten, she got up from the table to speak to a friend at the next table. She was not aware of the rule about staying in her seat. The next day, her BLA (behavior learning assistant) provided her with a laminated paper with the cafeteria rules.
This is exactly the sort of thing that authors Cornelia Pelzer Elwood and D. Scott McLeod are hoping to foster with their new book Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger’s. By the end of the book, you should be able to create a personalized roadmap/guide tailored to your child’s unique situation.
I enjoyed the anecdotes that Elwood shared about her son Alexander. She found that things ran smoothly if Alexander received advanced notice of a situation, and what the expectations were regarding his behavior. She also worked hard to encourage independence, with acute awareness of the goal for him to be living on his own when he reaches adulthood.
The book is comprised of categories that cover all aspects of life, from school to community settings to new life situations (moving or the acquisition of a new pet) to visitors coming to the house. Each chapter is broken down into bulleted lists and even Social Stories that can be customized to fit your child’s situation.
There is an expression that states if you have met one child on the spectrum, then you have met one child on the spectrum. The point being, there may be some similarities that multiple children share, but autism manifests itself very differently from child to child. I have seen this with my own two ASD children; their personalities are very different, and things that bother one child do not even register with the other.
With that in mind, I was especially grateful for the section at the beginning that broke down facets that can be affected by autism. Now, this is now my first rodeo; my oldest daughter was diagnosed almost six years ago- but there were terms in this book that I was not familiar with. For example, I learned that my oldest daughter’s tendency to write too lightly (and thus illegibly) was a manifestation of proprioceptive under responsivity. I do not have difficulty advocating for my daughters, but now that I know the specific ways in which autism affects their learning, I can be a better advocate.
I would absolutely recommend Take Charge of Treatment for Your Child with Asperger’s. Some of this information may be obvious to the seasoned autism parent, and I also suppose that much of the information can be found in other books. But the reason that this book is worth getting is that all the information is in one place, and presented in easy to read bulleted lists. This book is great for parents who are relatively new to the diagnosis, but there is still plenty to offer the seasoned professionals who have been through the IEP meeting circus.
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