Autism

Asperger syndrome

This is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by verbal, non-verbal communication and impaired social interaction and restricted and repetitive behaviors. It is normally noticed at the age of 2 when the signs start to gradually develop. Autism directly affects the information process in the brain by changing the connections of the nerve cells and the synapses. This is one of the 3 disorders in the ASDs or Autism spectrum. The other is Asperger syndrome that lacks delays in cognitive growth and language. The third is pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). It is not often that children with autism go onto living independently. There are 2 different cultures or approaches to autism that either is seeking a cure and the other believing autism should be accepted. It is noted to happen 4-5 times more frequently in boys than girls. There has been an increase in cases a 2014 US survey reveals for US individuals.

Number 1 top choice- Understanding my Autism: Step into my Boots

A book for autistic children of ages 5 to 14 to read with adults, that empowers them to take control of the various aspects of their life. This book is written from the child’s point of view and immediately addresses the important aspects of autism. For the adults, it puts them in the “Boots of the child”. A fun, light read for children. Great for promoting communication, responsibility and among other things, ownership of their actions. Other main topics that are covered are with hygiene, toileting, socializing, hyperactivity, outbursts, organizing and scheduling, eating habits, schoolwork and getting rest.

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Number 2 top choice- The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get "stuck" on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing ("stims"). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions ("What’s an ASD?" "Why me?") and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information.

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Number 3 top choice- Engaging Autism: Using the Floortime Approach to Help Children Relate, Communicate, and Think

Now available in paperback, Engaging Autism includes new, exciting information on neuroscience research into the effects of this approach, plus guidance for parents navigating the controversies surrounding the treatment of autism.Unlike approaches that focus on changing specific behavior, Greenspan's program promotes the building blocks of healthy emotional and behavioral development.

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