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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, 3rd Edition: Revised and Updated by [Ellen Notbohm, Veronica Zysk]

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“Great book for the parent of a child who is newly diagnosed. It will help the parent who is frightened by the diagnosis get started on creating a positive outcome for their child.”

— Temple Grandin, PhD, Author of The Way I See It and Thinking in Pictures


“This third edition is amazing, and an absolute must-read. Ellen has absorbed so much more wisdom from both the autism world and the autistic world and poured it into her work, and I'm floored. Buy this book, read it, loan it, share it, then read it again!”

— Jennifer McIlwee Myers, Author of Growing Up with Sensory Issues: Insider Tips from a Woman with Autism and How to Teach Life Skills to Kids with Autism or Asperger’s


“This third edition of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew is without exception the best yet! As an international consultant on ASD who works with individuals, schools, and parents, I have used this resource as a core teaching tool in most of my trainings, especially with staff who are new to the field of Special Education and/or working with an individual with ASD. I was really excited to see the new chapter on Your Power of Choice. As Ellen writes: ‘Seldom is the instance in which we truly have no choices,’ and this is so true. It empowers the individual to have control in a world that in many ways feels out of control. This book is a must have for your autism resource collection.”

— Jim Ball, EdD, BCBA-D, President/CEO JB Autism Consulting


“Every child with autism deserves to have the adults in their life read this book. Parents will find a compassionate, astute ally who has lived the journey with her now-adult son. All readers will clarify and refine their understanding of what it really takes to help a child fit into the world, achieve a state of confidence, and fulfill their unique promise. Compact, well organized and accessible, it contains a remarkable amount of detailed information, helpful suggestions, and concrete strategies. Realistic, practical, and uplifting, it will help you make the best choices for both your child and yourself. It is on my ‘short list’ of highly recommended books on autism. I urge you to soak up its wisdom and then share it with others.”

— Debra Moore, PhD, Psychologist (retired) and Coauthor with Temple Grandin of The Loving Push: How Parents and Professionals Can Help Spectrum Kids Become Successful Adults


“Ellen Notbohm reminds us once again that we should learn more than we teach and that we should listen more than we talk. Ten Things emphasizes these points and offers readers important insights and invaluable information. If you have a 1st or 2nd edition, you will want to purchase a new copy as this book is not just a compassionate and person-centered look at autism, it is also a reflection of a changing field and evolving understandings of advocacy, support, and ability.”

— Paula Kluth, PhD, Author of You’re Going to Love This Kid and Pedro’s Whale


“The third edition explains our evolving insights into autism that are so valuable for parents, professionals, and those who have autism. Please grant the wish of the autistic child that you know and absorb the wisdom and clarity of a book that I highly recommend.”

— Tony Attwood, PhD, Author of Ask Dr. Tony: Answers from the World's Leading Authority on Asperger's Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism


“The new edition of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew is better than ever. This is essential reading for people who are important in your child’s life, to help them understand your child’s complex and sometimes baffling social, sensory, behavioral, and emotional challenges. This book gives a powerful voice to kids, teens, and adults who can’t easily advocate for themselves, providing an ‘inside view’ of the different realities of life with autism. The new chapter on ‘Your Power of Choice’ compassionately helps readers recognize that while they may feel overwhelmed, scared, and sometimes paralyzed, they are never powerless, and provides key empowering steps they can take to help those they love thrive and live meaningful, productive lives.”

— Lindsey Biel, Occupational Therapist, Coauthor of Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Book for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues, Author of Sensory Processing Strategies: Effective Clinical Work with Kids & Teens


“As a parent, as one who works with autistic people, and as an avid reader on the subject, I’m telling you: you must have this book on your shelf. Parents who made it through your child’s early years with hope and optimism because you had the original Ten Things, you need this update. . . (it) will take you from the preschool years through high school and beyond, as parents prepare children for adulthood. The questions for discussion and reflection are perfect for parent support groups, teacher trainings, or book clubs. Optimism abounds.”

— Wendela Whitcomb Marsh, MA, BCBA, RSD, Author of The ABC’s of Autism in the Classroom


“How wonderful that Ellen Notbohm's classic, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, is here for a new generation! If your child has been diagnosed with autism, or if you think that your child may have autism, this is the first book that you should read.”

— Bobbi Sheahan, Author of What I Wish I'd Known about Raising a Child with Autism

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07R8C2D1S
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Future Horizons; 3rd edition (June 1, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 1, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4478 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 185 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 788 ratings

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Ellen Notbohm’s internationally renowned work has informed and delighted millions in more than twenty-five languages. In addition to her perennial bestseller Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew, three other award-winning books on autism, and her widely acclaimed novel The River by Starlight, her columns and posts have appeared in major publications and captured audiences on every continent. Ellen’s books have won the Chanticleer International Book Awards Grand Prize for Instruction and Insight, Sarton Women’s Book Award for Historical Fiction, Western Writers of American Spur Award for Best First Novel, Independent Publishers of America Gold Medal for West-Mountain Regional Fiction, and been named to the Grand Prize Short List and Montaigne Medal finalist list for the Eric Hoffer Books Awards, in addition to numerous finalist awards and bookstore staff picks in fiction and nonfiction.

Ellen is also a popular book editor and writing coach who has advised and edited award-winning authors including Claire Fullerton, Debra Whiting Alexander, Ashley Sweeney, Shelley Blanton-Stroud, and Linda Stewart Henley.

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