Books That I Recommend
This list will grow over time as there is so much to read. Something here could be the very thing that will support the health, medical, and education goals you may have for your child. Certainly I hope you will find these of value.
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The Child With Special Needs by Stanley Greenspan.
Dr. Greenspan’s name came up now and again in discussions with our in-home therapists. Apparently, he is well regarded by people in this field. He is an internationally recognized psychiatrist in child mental health.
This is a book that can help with a greater understanding of the behavioral testing done and how this doctor firmly advocates for more. His methods include an interactive child specific assessment where the child is seen in their own environments and with their caretakers and family members. Because behavioral observations are still the norm his recommendations based on years of experience working with children hold great value. He is saying you have to do more than test with behavior assessment tools, where the other observations are missing a diagnosis can also miss the mark.
The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz
This was the first book that I read, as recommended by our Occupational Therapist. I read and re-read it as there were so many ah-ha moments that mirrored what was going on with the baby’s sometimes outrageous characteristics. If you are dealing with the confusing observations of your child’s discomfort or seeming defiance, this is a must read because you are going to learn so much about the ‘sensory processing disorder’ and what it means for your child.
This is a great companion book to the Out of Sync Child. I found a lot of great ideas for integrating sensory activities into our day that has helped smooth over many of the hyper responses we were experiencing. Of course we used these in concert with the many awesome therapist’s recommendations that we still are blessed to receive. Check it out! You will likely find it very useful.
Different — Not Less by Temple Grandin
This excerpt straight from the author says it all. What I think is very powerful about this book is that as our children grow into adulthood we want them to be able to be everything that they are capable of becoming and to be in their world safely and being fully expressed as a person able to contribute with satisfaction, pride, and even joy. Dr. Grandin has composed a wonderful book which shows all of us the awesome possibilities for children who fall into the autism spectrum.
From the Author Dr. Temple Grandin
Recently, I had a lady walk up to me in the airport and say, “Your book, Thinking in Pictures, saved my marriage. Now I understand my engineer husband, and we are able to work things out.”
Each contributor in this book has a unique story, and my intent is that their stories will provide hope and insight to individuals on the spectrum, as well as parents, teachers, and professionals.
People on the autism spectrum always keep learning. It is never too late to learn new skills, improve relationships, or learn better work skills. To grow, a person on the spectrum has to “stretch.” Stretching is a good analogy, because sudden surprises cause fear. Even individuals my age can learn new skills. When I was writing this introduction, I talked to a family member of a woman in her 60s who has autism. Within the past year, she discovered that the way she dressed herself improved her life, and now she enjoys nicer clothes. The mind of the person with autism can always keep learning. It is never too late to change. A person on the spectrum needs an employer, spouse, or friend who will calmly coach him when he makes social mistakes. He has to be instructed on how to behave, like a character in a play. In my own life, I have gained great insight from reading the writings of other individuals on the spectrum.
– Dr Temple Grandin
As we find more book resources we will be adding these to the list. This is a good beginning to some of my initial and strongly recommended books. If you have any questions then by all means ….ask away. You can leave a comment below or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I hope you will find one of these items of value to you.