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1. The Out-Of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
by Carol Stock Kranowitz
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Asin: 0399523863
Catlog: Book (1998-03-01)
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Average Customer Review: 4.36 out of 5 stars
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Do you know a child who plays too rough, is uncoordinated, hates being touched, is ultra-sensitive (or unusually insensitive) to noise or sensations of heat and cold? Many pediatricians and other experts are beginning to recognize a link between some of these apparently unrelated behavior patterns.Children with perfectly normal "far senses" (such as sight and hearing) may have, because of a poorly integrated nervous system, serious problems with their "near senses," including touch, balance, and internal muscle sensation. It's called Sensory Integration Dysfunction, or SI. The announcement of yet another new syndrome is bound to raise skeptical eyebrows--and with good reason. (How do we know which child really has SI, and which one just happens to share some of the same symptoms?) Author Carol Stock Kranowitz argues convincingly, however, that for some children SI is a real disorder, and that it is devastating partly because it so often looks like nothing so much as "being difficult." And, whatever the scientific status of SI, Kranowitz carefully details many routines and remedies that will help children--and the parents of children--who exhibit the behaviors described. This book is a must-read for all doctors, pediatricians, and (perhaps especially) childcare workers.--Richard Farr ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars finally, an explanation!
When my son, at age 2, was evaluated by professionals in our city's Early Intervention program, and diagnosed as having sensory issues along with some developmental delays (fine motor and speech) and apraxia, I had no idea what they were talking about. Our OT suggested I read The Out-of-Sync-Child and click, I got it. Suddenly all these "quirky" behaviors of my son's made sense: The intense craving for movement like swinging or jumping (while other kids in the swings smiled, he was hysterically whooping, and when other kids needed quiet time before bed, he needed to jump to exhaustion). The vigorous head shaking. The penchant for lying on the floor or the sidewalk, particularly in the middle of a tantrum. He pushed puzzle pieces so hard they'd pop out of place, smack a drum or xylophone so hard that he'd almost break the beater. His focus was terrible--and yet, if we "overstimulated" him by playing airplane or crushing him with pillows, suddenly his focus would be terrific. After reading this book, I understood that he has problems processing proprioceptive and vestibular sensations--these are senses I didn't even know we have. Now that my husband and I understand the importance of giving him the stimulation he needs, we can see a huge improvement. The behaviors have lessened and his focus is a thousand times better. I can't recommend this enough to anyone who suspects their child has sensory issues.

5-0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for anyone who has children in their lives!
What was once seen as unexplainable outbursts, violent temper tantrums, instances of complete withdrawal and other "bad behavior" are finally explained from the viewpoint of a child with SI. Parents and teachers alike will discover that these children are simply interacting and reacting to a world that assaults him/her with overwhelming sensations.

Where punishment has been ineffective, this book steps in to fill the gap. It teaches parents and other caregivers not only what Sensory Integration Disorder is and how it affects a child but what possible triggers may exist and how to address them.

Perhaps the greatest contribution of this book is not to teach adults how to counter sensory overload but to help adults teach the child to cope with this common disorder that will be with him/her throughout his/her life.

5-0 out of 5 stars From an Educator's Viewpoint
The Out-of-Sync Child was a text book for one of my early childhood education courses. This is a wonderful tool for both educators and parents. I feel this book gives hope to parents and techniques for teachers to help make all children feel comfortable in the classroom. Working with preschool children, I feel it is my duty to make sure every child's learning style is taken into consideration. I feel it is imparative for parent, teacher, and occupational therapist to work as a team.

My first experience with a child with SI dysfunction was last school year. His Mother was open and receptive and that was a huge factor in this child's progress. I was amazed at his development due to Mom keeping him with an OT over the summer. He went from almost no language to making eye contact and having complete conversations. I have been so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with this child and every time I see him, I tell him just how proud I am of him!

I highly recommend the companion book The Out-of-Sync Child Had Fun. This book is filled with wonderful activities for SI children as well as all children. I am looking forward to including them into our curriculum next year.

5-0 out of 5 stars Light in the darkness
A child with sensory integration disorder spends most of his life uncomfortable in his own skin. The Out-of-Sync Child is an excellent resource for parents whose children suffer from this crippling neurological condition, and demonstrates the devastation that can come from having "the volume control" on one or more of the senses (including the sense that allows the average blindfolded person to eat with a fork without impaling his own cheek) set too high or too low. My own 29-month-old has been seen by child psychiatrists, speech therapists, audiologists and occupational therapists. The growing consensus is that he suffers from this debilitating -- but manageable -- condition. The Out-of-Sync Child has helped us not only understand our son better, but also to understand the evaluation process better. Why does the evaluator care that my son wakes up frequently in the night? What does it mean that he loves bear hugs but lashes out at a gentle touch? I have only one quarrel with this book, and perhaps I am asking too much of the authors: The hardest thing about having a child with sensory integration disorder -- and there are many hard things about having a child with sensory integration disorder -- is that you can't explain the disorder to onlookers in a five-sentence paragraph. Because of that, it is easy to decide that the disorder does not exist."Dag-blammit," people say, "in my day you made children sit still in school and if a child didn't sit still, it was because the parents were poor disciplinarians, and if he can't wear a polyester shirt, it's because he's spoiled." Why is my 2.5-year-old wearing a leash? Why is he such a handful that we cannot entrust him to anyone but us, his parents? Why would he die of dehydration before he would drink anything but milk out of anything but a bottle? We cannot explain sensory integration disorder in a sound-bite, but at least, thanks to this book, we have understanding of our son's multifaceted, complicated disorder, and we are delighted to find in the book some immediate solutions for helping him -- and us -- cope. The treatment of choice for S.I. Disorder is occupational therapy, and many treatments must be carried on at home. We have applied many of the suggestions in the book and have seen improvement in our child over a matter of days. And for parents just beginning the odyssey with their child, this book can help understand the evaluation process even if their child turns out to be suffering from some other disorder. A must-read.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good start
This book brought a lot of answers to a set of parents who were confused on what exactly Sensory Integration Dysfunction was. The only thing I would have added was more advice on how to cope as parents. ... Read more

2. The OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Completely Revised and Updated : Advice, Support, Insight, and Inspiration
by Patricia Romanowski Bashe, Barbara L. Kirby, Simon Baron-Cohen, Tony Attwood
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-29)
Publisher: Crown
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must for Families or Professionals working with Aspergers
This isn't a book, it is a "good deed" (no, make that GREAT deed). And even that isn't high enough praise. Page by page, we have found answers to dozens of questions that we have been asking, but previously finding no answers. We went to therapists, psychiatrists & psychologists, but until Barbara & Patricia came along with this book, our family was sinking fast.
We are buying additional copies to give to family members and for the staff where our kid goes to school.

5-0 out of 5 stars OASIS GUIDE to Asperger Syndrome is OUR OASIS
From the time that my son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, at the age of 3 ½, our family knew that the idyllic life we had anticipated, would never be. At that time, in 1998, there wasn't a lot written about Asperser's Syndrome. Fortunately, I was just becoming a little more knowledgeable about the internet and quickly found my way to OASIS, the Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support network.

Barb Kirby was there from my first day to help smooth the pathways for other families as no one was really there to help smooth her way. She soon found Patty Romanowski Bashe and together they have created the complete guide to help families through the maze of diagnoses, acronyms, treatments, diets, and educational interventions applicable to those with Asperger's Syndrome, with the publishing of the OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome.

Because of Barb's reputation, as soon as I saw this book, I knew that it would be thorough. What I didn't realize is how easy it would be to pick the book up and turn to any page and find information that would prove to be helpful to parents and other family members dealing with the overwhelming issues related to having a child on the autism spectrum.

It is difficult to point to which section of the book is most helpful, because at different times, the various chapters have guided me to my child. At various times, I thought "Why me....why did this happen to ME?"But as this book states, "... the person who is working the hardest in all of this is ....your child".Easy to forget with my parental self-pitying. After I read that, I began to stop feeling sorry for myself and instead began thinking of myself as a "team member". From then, we could begin to regain some of our hopefulness and took on the challenge as a family team goal.

This new edition has been brought up-to-date to include some of the newer ideas, research and treatments related to Asperger's Syndrome. They include various treatments, medications and discussions ofa range of products available to families like ours that are desperately seeking the magic bullet for our child (there are none unfortunately).

However what Barb and Patty have given us with this, is what I consider, the COMPLETE manual for all things related to Asperger's Syndrome; it is the bright ray of optimism that although there are certainly many difficult times ahead, there is also a lot of hope. There are many of us parents and professionals that Barb has brought together under the OASIS umbrella and are working arm in arm to find out more and share those successes with others.

Thank you for the NEW "OASIS Guide to Asperger Syndrome".I thought the original was as good as it gets, but this one is even better!

~Ellen T

5-0 out of 5 stars Oasis- a Life Saver!!
Upon receiving the diagnosis Autism for our son, our world collapsed.But when this book arrived in the mail, the tears I cried were not sorrow, but relief.Here were Mothers who understood.
The facts and information are presented in an easy to read format, and it has given us new hope for our son.
Life will not be easy, but it has not ended either.

If anyone is thinking of purchasing any book on Aspergers, this would be the one and only book I would recommend. ... Read more

3. Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals
by Tony Attwood
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Asin: 1853025771
Catlog: Book (1997-11-01)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
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Average Customer Review: 4.66 out of 5 stars
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Tony Attwood's guide will assist parents and professionals with the identification, treatment and care of both children and adults with Asperger's Syndrome. The book provides a description and analysis of the unusual characteristics of the syndrome and practical strategies to reduce those that are most conspicuous or debilitating. Beginning with a chapter on diagnosis, including an assessment test, the book covers all aspects of the syndrome from language to social behaviour and motor clumsiness, concluding with a chapter based on the questions most frequently asked by those who come into contact with individuals with this syndrome. Covering the available literature in full, this guide brings together the most relevant and useful information on Asperger's Syndrome, incorporating case studies from the author's own practical experience as a Clinical Psychologist, with examples of, and numerous quotations from people with Asperger's Syndrome. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Special Education Teacher Review
I found this book to be very informative. Tony Attwood's explanation of the syndrome was clear and very easy to understand. Some professional jargon may be difficult for parents to decipher, however the overall approach to diagnostic criteria is very good. I am in the process of referring a high school student for Asperger's screening. This book was critical in my own exposure to this disability and its place on the Autistic spectrum. My 4 star rating was given only for lack of diagnostic examples for secondary level students. One would hope a child with Asperger's would be diagnosed at the elementary level. However, with such a new awakening to the topic, I feel there are probably hundreds of misdiagnosed adolescents out there waiting for help and insight. Parents, I urge you to approach your child's teachers if you suspect Asperger-like characteristics in your own child. Then, recommend they read this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars I could have used this book in my youth!
In the Preface, Attwood mentions meeting over a thousand individuals with Asperger's Syndrome, ranging widely in age, ability, and background, and of being impressed by some of their abilities. As an AS person myself, I am impressed by Attwood's understanding of these individuals as real people, and by the simple straightforward language used. Temple Grandin's review, as printed on the back cover of this book, said that the book would have been a great benefit to her as a teenager and young adult. It also includes positive aspects of Asperger's Syndrome. Her full review summed up the book well and could well have been included in this series of reviews. There are eight main chapters, titled Diagnosis, Social Behaviour, Language, Interests and Routine, Motor Clumsiness, Cognition, Sensory Sensitivity, and Frequently Asked Questions. There are also three appendices, including Diagnostic Criteria. And there are References, Subject Index, and Author Index. Only of late has there been a widening of knowledge of Asperger's Syndrome. This is a book that has measurably helped, and will be useful for quite a while yet.

5-0 out of 5 stars As most are aware
As most of us who deal or have dealt with this are aware, the range of the "syndromes" runs the gamut from autism to AS. Then there's DID, ADD, and just about everything else thrown in. But keep in mind that all these labels are relatively new and constantly moving around, like some giant kaliedoscopic series of diagnosis that you can't quite put your finger on. Enter "Asperger's Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals." As others have said, "Thank you, Mr. Attwood" for this book that helps sort out all of the possibilities. Concise and well-written, this is THE book when it comes to this syndrome, and while many have written about AS or autism (think Haddon's "The Curious Incident" or McCrae's "Bark of the Dogwood") as fiction or fictional characters (though you're never really sure excatly WHAT the character in "Bark of the Dogwood" has), few have come to professional diagnostic arena the way Attwood does. Practial and informative, this is the book you've been looking for.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have book for parents/professionals alike!
This book is the first book I reccommend to anyone who is facing a diagnosis of high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome in their family. My 10 year old son is "officially" diagnosed with high functioning autism, but those of us in the know, realize how little that means. Tony Attwood is simply amazing, this book breaks Asperger's Syndrome down for you, step by step, symptom by symptom, and is a real help and reference. Even after being involved in the autism spectrum now for over 6 years, I still refer to this book on a regular basis. Also, unlike many books I have read about autism and Asperger's Syndrome, this book is written very much for the lay person, you don't have to have a PhD to understand this book. There are also very practical solutions for many of the challenging problems unique to Asperger's and austism in here as well, many of them we have used with much sucess with our son. One example I can think of off the top of my head is teaching pragmatic language skills, something that neuro-typical children understand naturally, and children with Asperger's have to laboriously be taught. Temple Grandin's endorsement at the end is literally the icing on the cake.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best place to start for Asperger's Syndrome
I work with a lot of children on the autistic spectrum, in fact I am often the person to give the diagnosis. I try my best to explain about the autistic spectrum and the nature of the pattern of strengths and weaknesses that are typical in Asperger's Syndrome, but it is great to know that there is one good solid staple book I can also recommend, and this is it.

I also recommend Luke Jackson's book "Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome" and Kenneth Hall's "Asperger Syndrome the Universe and Everything", which give an inside view that I have valued and I know parents also like.

I am about to re-read my copy of Tony Attwoods book, as I renew my own research into computer interventions to help children with ASD learn about emotions (see for more information). I've also heard Tony speak and I consider his advice in person and in the book to be realistic, positive and practical. I'd thoroughly recommend it. ... Read more

4. The Child With Special Needs: Encouraging Intellectual and Emotional Growth
by Stanley I., Md. Greenspan, Serena, Ph.D. Weider, Robin Simon, Serena Wieder, Robin Simons
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5-0 out of 5 stars A fantastic resource
Although the strategies in this book are definately time consuming, it is all completely worth it when your child makes a communication breakthrough. My daughter went to a pre school where the teachers followed the methods outlined in this book, and the students (who were all autistic or language learning disabled) left able to function in a regular education environment. I strongly recommend that parents follow the guidelines in this book, it will make a world of difference for your child.

5-0 out of 5 stars If you were only going to buy one book . . .
Buy this one! Our daughter was recently diagnosed with a developmental disorder and this book is just a wonderful resource, particularly for the period just after diagnosis, when parents are scrambling to find the right treatment options and at a loss for what to do. After reading this book, we felt suddenly empowered to begin working with our daughter, even though we don't yet have our full team in place. We realized that we were doing all the wrong things with the best of intentions, often making our interactions with her frustrating on both sides. The floor time descriptions and techniques have really helped us interact with our sometimes withdrawn and difficult child and even better, really enjoy the time we spend playing and working with her.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hands down the book to improve your child dramatically
This is the one book to get if you have a child with special needs. I cannot state enough how wonderful this book is in helping your child grow and develop above and beyond their current level, not just incrementally, but in leaps and bounds! I have a daughter with autism and first I tried the Behavioral books, such as "Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism" along with all the other books based on the Lovaas Method and the Behavioral Model of teaching which is shaping behavior step-by-step using reinforcers (just how Pavlov got a dog to ring a bell for food or how, in my Psychology class, I got a pigeon to peck a red dot for food) I tried the Lovaas method for one year, also called ABA or Applied Behavioral Analysis, and my child did not progress in her development. She was also enrolled in an Early Start class and was getting speech therapy. Finally I bought Dr. Greenspan's book when my daughter turned 3, one year after her diagnosis. I only wish I found this book earlier! This is based on the Developmental approach to learning. It is full of hope, not false hope like dietary cures, but real hope based on real methods that are simple to learn, make a lot of sense and are based on how children actually learn. It really makes perfect sense when you read it: Play with your child, keep an interaction going, keep them actively engaged, block them from self-stimulating or hiding into their own world, keep them interacting with you. This is a lot of work, but it is natural and rewarding and you can do it yourself without training. You do not have to do this all day long. Dr. Greenspan recommends several 30-minute sessions of "Floortime" each day. Do not believe the bad reviews on this book that say something like, "If your child flaps their arms, flap with them." I kept away from this book for one year based on such reviews, but that is not how it is at all! This book is empowering and enlightening. Dr. Greenspan's entire premise is based on this: Although your child is disabled, they can learn and grow way beyond any level you could imagine for them or any teacher could vision for them, by having high expectations and not limiting them based on their label. Yes it is work, but with a little effort on your part, your child can really improve and learn self-help skills to become an independent adult. That is the goal for all children with special needs and it's not easy to get them there, but for most all children it is doable with work, time and attention and high expectations that it can and will happen! Dr. Greenspan does not throw out the Behavioral approach of Lovaas at all- he even states that for some children both approaches are necessary to learning, he has an entire chapter on this. Each child is unique and each child needs an approach tailored to what works best for that child. For my daughter, Greenspan's approach really works and after using this method for several months, she is now enrolled in an integrated Preschool with mostly typically developed children- Something she never could have achieved without the Greenspan approach!

5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Dr. Greenspan for saving my child
When my wife and I first felt that our daughter had serious developmental issues, we panicked. My daughter was 3 at that time and was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified(PDD NOS). Days later a librarian helped me choose this book. I read the book, re read it many times and applied it to interact with my daughter.
After nearly two years of applying the principles and techniques discussed in this book, we turned our daughter around a full 180 degrees.
She is now very intentional, joyful, creative, spontaneous, logical, friendly and natural. What were some of her major issues are now her strengths. She still has a few minor issues and they are being addressed.
Our main intervention has been Dr. Greenspan's Floortime model. Most of the caregivers and professionals of my daughter were educated in the Floortime principles.
This book must be considered a great tool for providing intervention to special needs kids both at home and in the classroom. This intervention is very demanding of a parent's time and mind but worth every bit of it. We had a great psychologist that helped us apply the intervention.
Contrary to what another reviewer said, this intervention is not easy. You need a lot of patience, determination, mental energy to understand your child and apply the intervention for her individual needs.
Stanley Greenspan and Serena Weider created a masterpiece. This is a must read for anyone with a special needs child.

2-0 out of 5 stars This book will not cure my child of autism
My child had severe autism and needed learning in repitition, such as that done in discrete trials and strict management of his behavior in order to progress. Trying these "sweet and nice" ways of intellectual stimulation for 4 months did not work and produced much non-compliant behavior. We quickly saw and continue to see progress with a therapy that teaches in the repetitive way he needs to be taught while keeping his behavior under control. In addition, my ABA therapists already use some of the play described in this book on play breaks as a reward for good behavior.

This book assumes that parents are neglectful and ignorant of the child having any emotional needs just because he is disabled. I am aware that my handicapped child still has emotional needs. I can play with and kiss and hug my child until the cows come home and he will be very happy in the short term but remain quite developmentally delayed and non-compliant! Behavioral interventions, such as those taught by Lovaas have made dramatic improvements in speech, behavior and toy play for my 3 year old. I'm sure he will thank me later. I recommend a good quality ABA program such as from the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) as well as strict biological interventions for your autistic child to make progress.

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5. The Out-Of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids With Sensory Integration Dysfunction
by Carol StockKranowitz
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This companion volume to The Out-of-Sync Child presents activities that parents of kids with Sensory Integration Dysfunction can do at home with their child to strengthen their child's abilities-and have some fun together along the way. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Any Child Has Fun!
This book transformed the way I looked at education...not just for children with special needs, but ANY child. This book is bursting at the seams with practical, detailed descriptions of activities that parents, teachers, occupational therapists can participate in with children to promote their sensory integration and academic success. I really appreciated the instructions giving ways to create or purchase equipment and also different variations on one activity to fit the needs of the child(ren) you are working with. This is a beautiful companion to "The Out-of-Sync Child" and I would highly recommend both of these books to anyone who cares about or works with children.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas for all kids
This book has a lot of great ideas for kids with sensory integration problems, but I really think all kids will enjoy and benefit from the activities. It is easy to read and follow the instructions for the activities.

5-0 out of 5 stars READ this for any child delays - physical,motor,speech
This is a fantastic resource that I reference again and again for great play ideas that actually help my son develop his brain in the areas of motor planning, fine motor, bilateral, etc. This book is FULL of great play ideas, like bean bag mania for bilateral integration and a simple length of cottom tubing as a proprioceptive giving tunnel. The obstacle course section alone is worth the price of the book; examples include, use flour to mark an outside obstacle course, like a line of flour on the grass for a somersault section... Get this book now, it is the number one idea resource for parents whose children are in OT (Occupational Therapy).

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insight
I just bought another copy of this book for the director of my daughter's preschool program. Carol Kranowitz has done an excellent job of outlining symptoms of and explaining sensory integration dysfunction.

5-0 out of 5 stars Time for children with disabilities to have FUN!
Carol Stock Kranowitz has done it again! He first book, The Out-of-Sync Child was a god send for parents and teachers of children who have difficulties with processing and interpreting the sensory stimuli that they are bombarded with each day. Now, she goes a step further with her newest entry The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, which is a treasure-trove of activities that can help a child feel more comfortable with tactile, vestibular, proprieceptive, and other forms of stimuli. This really neat book starts out with an introduction to sensory integration and explains the sensory difficulties that children with Dysfunction of Sensory Integration [DSI] experience and then she discusses SAFE [Sensory-motor, Appropriate, Fun, and Easy]. Each subsequent chapter focuses on a particular sensory modality, such as vestibular, proprieceptive, visual, auditory and olfactory and gustatory [smell and taste].

Each chapter starts out with a thumbnail sketch of a child with that particular sensory challenge, then give a brief overview of that sensory dysfunction, including a modality. Each activity lists the appropriate age range, the materials needed, what the child can do, and the sensory benefits that the activity offers. Each chapter is like this, so the teacher or parent can select the chapter that best fits the child and go from there. This is also true for the section on SAFE activities for sensory-related skills, such as motor planning, oral-motor skills, fine-motor skills, and bilateral coordination. At the end there is an appendix which includes a glossary of terms relating to sensory integration, recommended materials, a list of places where materials can be ordered from. This book should have been available yesterday and it is not time for children with autism and related disabilities to have FUN while having a sensory processing therapy and there's not better place to start than this book! A DEFINATE MUST HAVE! ... Read more

6. The Hyperactivity Hoax : How to Stop Drugging Your Child and Find Real Medical Help
by Sydney Walker
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-15)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Each year, millions of children take Ritalin, which means thousands of doctors are diagnosing them with hyperactivity or ADD. But what do these diagnoses mean? Are drugs the answer for these illnesses? And most importantly, is your child getting the proper treatment for his or her problem?

In The Hyperactivity Hoax, neuropsychiatrist Dr. Sydney Walker cogently explores the medical minefield of hyperactivity and helps parents arrive at safe, effective answers for their children, without unnecessarily drugging them with potentially dangerous mind-altering medicine. Included in his in-depth guide is:

* How to determine if your child needs medical help
* How to find a good doctor, a real diagnosis, and effective treatment
* How to assert yourself when talking to doctors and school officials
* How to evaluate both traditional and alternative approaches to treating hyperactivity and ADD
* And much more invaluable information in caring for your child's health.

A myth-shattering book no parent can afford to miss!
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3-0 out of 5 stars Some valid points, but....
overall the book isn't one that adds up. Walker seems to vacilate between suggesting ADHD simply doesn't exist -- that it is always the symptom of an underlying problem -- and saying that there may be something to it if no underlying disorder can be found, but Ritalin isn't the answer. I found myself getting confused in spots about what he really believes.

His points about Ritalin are well made. He's absolutely correct in stating that it can be a risky drug for children to be on, that we haven't done enough appropriate longitudinal research, and that the side effects for some children can be problematic, at best. The key words, however, are some children. I know children who are on the drug who aren't having any problems with it. The whole issue of what is a cause and what is an effect is a confusing one, and this book doesn't make it any clearer.

In terms of the safety of Ritalin, the research and studies Dr. Walker mentions are based on such small sample sizes that they can't be taken as proof. His writing suggested to me that he was attempting to suggest causal relationships when he only had enough evidence to point out a correlation.

Now, Dr. Walker's points about HMOs and the lack of proper diagnosis of children are ones I can completely agree with. It's in this area that his evidence and argument is the strongest. He does a good job of explaining the different possible non ADHD causes of hyperactive behaviour. I did find this part of the book a bit long, however.

The latter parts of the book, dealing with advocating for your child with medical and educational professionals, is the most effective and useful part of the book. I would give the book two stars simply for the chapter where he gives readers observation sheets to fill out and give to the doctor as a basis for a proper medical examination. His advice on dealing with these professionals is sound and easy to implement -- he takes alot of the mystery and fear out of working with doctors and teachers. I would have like to see him encourage readers more to press for wider societal change, such as loosening the grip of HMOs and relieving some of the pressure on our schools -- changes that can only occur on a legislative/cultural level -- rather than simply pitting parents against doctors and teachers, however.

This book is worth looking at if you know nothing other causes of hyperactive behavior. It's got some useful information, but I wouldn't make it the only book I read on the subject.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read !!!!
Put very simply, this could be the most important book you will ever read. It will change your life, your children's lives, your family life, and the way you view the medical and psychiatric community. If your child has been "diagnosed" with ADHD, ADD, or one of the other behavioral "disorders" or has been put on Ritalin, Aderall, or an anti-depressant, you owe it to yourself and your family to read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I was his patient as a child.
After years of unsuccessful psychiatric work, school problems, and Ritalin, my parents found Dr. Walker.I was eight, and my parents and teachers were at a point where I was probably no longer going to be able to attend school and there was a possibility of being institutionalized. The rages that I would fly into would take a room apart.The animals and three other siblings in my family were continually terrorized.Babysitters refused to stay with us.

It is hard to talk about this stuff now, as I am a thirty-something adult with a very healthy and happy life.I have a wonderful husband, a 17-month-old daughter, and a baby on the way.Dr. Walker diagnosed me as being allergic to gluten and as being a borderline diabetic who with strict diet management would hopefully never have to take insulin.My diet went into effect when I was eight, immediately after my parents brought me home from Dr.Walker's multi-day visit.It worked.I don't know how long the diet took to work because I was so young, but my parents said that the change was like night and day.A normal, healthy, child without Ritalin.In adulthood I still do not need insulin.

It is not always easy to find out what the problem is.In fact, my parents probably spent hundreds if not thousands of dollars, many hours, and many trips to different doctors.(We visited Dr.Walker who practiced in CA, while we lived in AZ.)Boy do I owe my parents!But there can be reasons for such behavior that take some serious digging.Ritalin, often, is just a cover-up and a heck of a lot easier to do.But for sake of the health of the child please consider alternatives.

4-0 out of 5 stars Skeptical Inquirer
I cramp my brain trying to decide what the skeptical position is in regard to Ritalin and ADHD. ADHD is not a new syndrome; it was first described over a hundred years ago, yet some people seem still to want to debate its very existence, like the shooter on the grassy knoll. Does ADHD exist? yes. Is it true that too many Ritalin prescriptions are written? probably. But too many antibiotic prescriptions are also written, and many too many Valium prescriptions no doubt, as well.

Certainly any book that denies the existence of ADHD with the ancient canard of weak parenting, a la the 1950's "rejecting mother" theory of autism is better used to level a shaky table. But this isn't such a book. Although there are no empirical studies here-- everything is anecdotal-- here is example upon example of other medical causes of hyperactive behavior, other than an organic brain disorder that must be treated neuro-chemically. So it's not bad parenting. But it's not necessarily the nebulous ADHD either. The book is simply a plea to look closer.

Anyone who has taken a college undergrad class in neurology or biochemistry and behavior knows that minute differences in fetal brain development, or in neurotransmitter production can lead to vast changes in behavior, so ADHD is theoretically possible if nothing else. But this is because the brain is a body organ like any other. Disrupt the function of any organ, and you are liable to see behavior changes. Introduce heavy metal to the bloodstream, or parasites to the intestines, remove a necessary nutrient from the diet through poor metabolism, or by poor diet, and see behavior changes. Even the weather can affect behavior.

My only wish for the book is that Dr. Walker had discussed in more depth some of the organic neurologic disorders that can include hyperactivity, such as Fragile X Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, and Tourette's Syndrome. Children with these syndromes could benefit from medication (though not necessarily Ritalin) in conjunction with behavior habilitation.

There are so many possibilities, so many ways for the environment to influence behavior, and the liklihood of an organic disorder to exist in the absence of other symptoms so small, that a rush to the prescription pad is at best shortsighted, and at worst malpractice. I thank Dr. Walker for breaking this ice; I hope that physicians, neurologists, and other qualified professionals will join him.

4-0 out of 5 stars Somethings to concider.
Dr. Walker's book brought out many things every parent should consider before they consider medication.Lead poisoning, mercury fillings, and worms are just a few.He also listed were these things may be found in ourenviroments.This was paticularly helpful since we, my wife and I, did nottake all of our activities into account when evaluating toxic substances. This book was easy to read and very informative.Thank you Dr. Walker. ... Read more

7. Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns
by Brenda Smith Myles, Jack Southwick
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Written for professionals and parents alike, Asperger Syndrome and Rage: Practical Solutions for a Difficult Moment offers practical solutions to the day-to-day challenges facing individuals with Asperger Syndrome and their families.With a major emphasis on tantrums and other behavioral outbursts, the book offers strategies that promote social skills development, including self-awreness, self-calming and self-management thereby promoting effective lifelong practices.Solutions for parents include organization and support, the importance of daily routines, signs to watch for and more.This clear and concise discussion of the rage cycle and what can be done to stop it from escalating offers helpful suggestions designed to help children and youth function more successfully both at home and at school. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ BOOK
Just wanted to mention that the title of this book was changed to "Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments: Practical Solutions for Tantrums, Rage, and Meltdowns" so it's still available on Amazon (do a search)

I highly recommend this book for both parents and professionals

5-0 out of 5 stars Straightforward and practical help
This book is extremely helpful with practical, concise instructions for understanding and helping your child with Asperger Syndrome. I have loaned or given copies to every staff member working with my two sons who have AS. It has enabled us to set up a complete program that enables to them to be safe and to learn. It addresses the behaviour while not judging the child. It if were up to me it would be standard issue in every school. The only thing better than reading this book is to hear one of the authors, Brenda Smith Myles, speak in person. She truly understands our kids.

5-0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS BOOK
If your child has meltdowns in school, you MUST read this book. More important, it should be required reading for all school personnel who come in contact with AS kids who have meltdowns.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book for your Child's Teacher!!
We bought this book for my son's fifth grade teacher, who had some trepidation about teaching my son, First,we had bought this book for ourselves and it made total sense to us. After the teacher adopted many of the teaching strategies described in this book, my son had the most successful year in his whole scholastic history! The teacher also happened to be very experienced, consistent and organized, which helped very much, but he had taught my son before that with little to no success. This book made the difference.

The thing is, the teacher developed behavioral strategies and explicit rules for the whole classroom, so my son was never singled out! My son's severe behaviors improved incredibly until they were exremely limited - both at school and at home. His relationships with his peers progressed amazingly. And his schoolwork blossomed; he was ranked #3 in the entire class.

Alas, this year, when the strategies were NOT applied to the classroom, the whole year fell apart and we withdrew my son from that school.

All goes to show, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure, and this book gives TONS of prevention.

Finally, there is a section for the parents that makes perfect sense. I liked the one about engaging in verbal arguments - it's ok not to have the LAST word as long as you have the LASTING word.

This book is the Gold Standard of books on Asperger Syndrome. Along with Teresa Bolick, "Aspergers and Adolescence," I frequently recommend these books to everyone who has any tangential contact with Asperger Syndrome.

THANK YOU Brenda Smith Myles for writing this book. I hope to read many more of your books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Heading Melt Downs Off At the Pass
Parents, educators and people on the autism/Asperger's spectrum will get a lot of mileage out of this excellent book. It is written in a plain, straight-forward style that clearly describes the behaviors that are often associated with a/A. I like the way the authors don't make light of meltdowns and explain what often triggers them. I also like the straight-forward direct approach they take in helping others cope with, and, in cowpoke parlance, head meltdowns off at the pass. This is a book that many will find helpful and power packed with invaluable information. ... Read more

8. The Bipolar Child: The Definitive and Reassuring Guide to Childhood's Most Misunderstood Disorder (Revised and Expanded Edition)
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After almost three years in print and more than 100,000 copies sold, The Bipolar Child has made an indelible mark on the field of psychiatry and has become the resource that families rely on. Now in the first book about early-onset bipolar disorder is completely revised and expanded.

Bipolar disorder--manic depression--was once thought to be rare in children. Now researchers are discovering that not only can bipolar disorder begin very early in life, but also that it is much more common than ever imagined. Yet the illness is often misdiagnosed or overlooked. Why?Bipolar disorder manifests itself differently in children than in adults, and in children there is an overlap of symptoms with other childhood psychiatric disorders. As a result, these kids may be given any number of psychiatric labels: "ADHD," "Depressed," "Oppositional Defiant Disorder," "Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder," or "Separation Anxiety Disorder." Too often they are treated with stimulants or antidepressants--medications that can actually worsen the bipolar condition.

Since the publication of the first edition, thousands of families have gotten to the root of their children’s behaviors, and found the answers they were looking for in The Bipolar Child. Drawing upon recent advances in the fields of neuroscience and genetics, the Papoloses convey what is known and not known about the illness. They comprehensively detail the diagnosis, tell how to find good treatment and medications, and advise parents about ways to advocate effectively for their children at school. Included in these pages is the first Individual Education Plan--IEP--ever published for a bipolar child. The book also offers critical information about the stages of adolescence, hospitalization, the world of insurance, and the psychological impact the illness has on the child. New to this edition are information on promising new mood-stabilizing drugs and omega-3 fatty acids, more advice on getting appropriate school accommodations, and a full discussion about the complexities of family life when more than one family member has the illness. A critical new chapter deals with the deficits in the area of executive functions that have recently been identified as a common feature of a bipolar disorder. This chapter walks parents through a neuropsychological testing and–for the first time–recommends a specific battery of tests that should be administered to these children and adolescents.

The Bipolar Child is rich with the voices of parents, siblings, and the children themselves, opening up the long-closed world of the families struggling with this condition. Already proven, in its original edition, to be an invaluable resource for parents whose children suffer from mood disorders, as well as the professionals who treat and educate them, this book will prove to have major public health significance.
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Bipolar Child and Matt the Moody Hermit Crab
I consider this book to be my "Bible" when it comes to questions, information and concerns about children with early onset bipolar disorder. I reference it often and I'm so glad the Papolos's have taken the time to meet and talk with so many people who have children with bipolar disorder. Their information and recommendations are based on information that comes directly from the perspective of parents-something so often missing in books about mental illness in children. I would also recommend that children read Matt the Moody Hermit Crab by Caroline McGee. While there are many books out there for adults, there are not many written for children with this disease. Ms. McGee's book was the first one I was able to find that was appropriate for my son's age and reading level.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish this book had been around when my son was 3
While many people believe that Bipolar disorder cannot be diagnosed in children, the psychiatric community is now determining that many times the diagnosis' that were given as ADHD have been incorrect and were actually the behaviors of Childhood Onset Bipolar Disorder. While I knew my child was Bipolar because of family history, I could not convince the professionals who were "helping us" and I did not know what I was supposed to do to help him. I wish this book had been around when my son was three years old and could have guided my husband and I. We went through years of dysfunctional behavior, spiraling downward until we could no longer cope with our child's behavior and finally sent him to a therapeutic residential school for 2 1/2 years beginning at age 12 1/2. While suicide is the ultimate loss of a child, sending them away in the hopes that they will get their head together, never knowing if the therapy will take, always wondering if people are being kind to your child, missing important stages of development, not sharing those few moments of sunlight and happiness that you can snatch when they are in a good mood, is devastating. My heart felt as if it had been ripped out of my chest and I was a walking zombie for the first year and one-half. People who say that parents and teachers can "manage" this type of child without the appropriate medications and think that the average onset is still in adulthood are fooling themselves and doing irreparable harm to their children. Had this book been available 12 1/2 years ago, our story might have been different. Our child might have been able to stay at home and share our lives instead of being sent away because we could no longer "manage" him. Don't fool yourselves-learn all that you can about this disorder and this book will help you start that steep learning curve.

5-0 out of 5 stars What's in a name
It's a very comprehensive book directed at parents but containing a lot of technical information about neuroscience within its 440 pages. Part II "Inside the brain and mind" would be heavy going for anyone without a medical or scientific background although the writing is admirably lucid.
I did not find any arrors of fact but readers should be aware that the Papolos's extend the diagnosis of bipolar disorder beyond what is generally accepted. They may be right but at present there is no objective test like a blood test or an X-ray to prove the diagnosis. It is often suspected when a child is made worse by drugs in the Ritalin class, which is a tough way to make a diagnosis. A strong family history of classical manic-depressive illness as described by Kraepelin is another clue. Most diagnoses of childhood mental ilnesses are fuzzy. (The DSM criteria have aroused a lot of sharp satirical comment). One result is that that a lot of the medication use is empirical "let's try this and see."
The Papalos's also emphasize the possibility that treatment of depression with an anti-depressant drug can precipitate mania. This can happen in adults but its implications for treatment are controversial.
They tend to be over-optimistic about the effects of many anti-convulsant drugs and perhaps give too much credence to single reports of spectacular improvement.
I appreciated their harrowing but warmly sympathetic descriptions of life with a severely mentally ill child and how to cope with the well-meaning (or ill-meaning) critics who say things like "give him to me for a week and he'll be different child."
It's a very practical book for parents in the the United States in dealing with questions like the costs of treatment. The advice about gaming the system and the the complexities of IDEA and IEP etc is particularly good although it is so detailed and specific that it would not help much in other countires, even Canada.

5-0 out of 5 stars Footsoldiers In The Battle To Comfort Children
One might argue that the authors attempted to squeeze too much information between one set of covers. It does seem that there are actually two books here: one, a medical analysis of the etiology of Bipolar Disorder, particularly early onset in very young children; and another book guiding parents in recognizing the symptoms and navigating the medical, insurance, and governmental mazes to obtain treatment for their children. Be that as it may, the authors have written a very provocative treatment of Bipolar Disorder that brings into print what psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and many parents have been concerned about for some time. For the past decade or so, there has been growing concern about the precision of children's diagnoses vis-à-vis Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. While many parents and school officials wonder if the ADHD diagnosis is rendered too often, there is another school of thought emerging that as many as a third of ADHD diagnoses are in reality cases of early onset Bipolar Disorder.

The authors are not alarmists; their stance, research, and professional networking is mainstream. But this work is alarming. It argues from the testimony of hundreds of parents connected to the authors from around the country by the Internet, that their children were much more violently ill than DSM-IV criteria for ADHD would admit, and that traditional ADHD treatments were not working, in fact making the situations worse. Admitting that the ADHD/bipolar differential is tricky for the diagnostician, the authors have arrived at useful clinical clues. For example, when a hyperactive child breaks something, more often than not he is angry with himself for his clumsiness. The bipolar child, on the other hand, often demonstrates an outward rage or anger with his destructive actions directed at family and peers. The Papoloses note also that bipolar children are more inclined to night terrors and violent imagination in story telling and art work.

The authors point out that pediatric pharmacology in the treatment of early-onset Bipolar Disorder is extremely critical and presents a wide array of problems. As noted above, Bipolar Disorder can be mistaken for ADHD. The standard medication for the latter has been stimulants, which unfortunately will severely aggravate the manic tendencies of the bipolar client. Other clients may present as depressed, and even though the FDA has severely cautioned against the use of SSRI's with depressed children, it has not forbidden their use outright. In children and adults, SSRI's have been found to trigger manic episodes where the depressed mood was a feature of misdiagnosed Bipolar Disorder.

Even when the diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder is correctly made, the medication problems for children are significant. Over the years the common practice has been the use of such mood stabilizers as Lithium and Depakote. These medications have required regular blood work, which has made compliance an issue with children who naturally despise needles. More recently, anticonvulsant and atypical psychotic medications have proven useful in severe cases. However, these medications involve significant side effects ranging from aggravated weight gain and acne to such extremes as facial distortions and the other trademark symptoms of psychotic medications. The Papoloses examine each medication, pro and con, to assist parents and practitioners in treating and educating their clients.

Parents are reminded that dating back to 1973 federal law has mandated the educational opportunities of children with mental disorders. In a similar vein, children's rights to medical treatment, including institutionalization for weeks or months, are also reviewed under the provisions of Medicare and Medicaid, among other plans. The authors are thorough in spelling out the rights and the best procedures to follow in dealing with the bureaucracies of government, schools, and insurance companies. A number of useful organizations, with phone numbers and web sites, are provided. However, in the two states whose budgets I monitor, New York and Florida, Medicaid funding for children has been significantly reduced due to strapped state budgets. At this writing, California is considering wholesale reduction of service as well. Consequently, even those parents who are faithful to the advice rendered by the Papoloses may have difficulty in accessing service. The authors' advice here, while correct may be a bit too rosy in the present health care environment. In addition, I attempted to use several of the web sites, and some of them have been disbanded.

But in the final analysis, this work fulfills what I think were the intentions of the authors. First, it provides assurances to parents that the bizarre and deeply troubling behavior of their children may have organic causes for which they are not responsible. Caregivers are reminded that they are not alone, that they have rights, and most importantly, that there are support groups and practitioners who are beginning to understand the scope of their problems. Second, this work is successful in encouraging practitioners to think more expansively about the pervasiveness of early-onset Bipolar Disorder. Until fairly recently popular wisdom had that Bipolar Disorder was "a grownup's disorder." Today any practitioner will tell you that in the absence of significant personal and family history, the establishment of a bipolar diagnosis is extremely difficult. So much the more for children, particularly when we are not conditioned to routinely look for manic depressive features.

The Papoloses also discuss the troubling prospect that disorders of mood are gradually increasing in scope and intensity in America and appearing at earlier ages than ever before. I do not expect that this contention will go unchallenged. But if the authors are anywhere near correct in this contention, our research into the causes and treatment of many children's mental disorders, which now appear inherited and to emanate from the frontal regions of the brain, must accelerate not only for the safety of our children and families, but as a humane gesture to their suffering.

5-0 out of 5 stars A lot of really helpful info
This book is such a wonderful resource, I cannot count how many times I have pulled it out to look up information. Some of it is a bit technical for me, but it reassured me that I was not a bad parent, that I was not alone, and that there are professionals out there working on helping kids like mine.

I also recommend "If Your Child Is Bipolar." Between these two books, I feel like I have the information and support I need to really make a difference in the life of my child and the rest of my families' as well.

Thank you to Dr. Papalos for all that he is doing to help our kids! ... Read more

9. Special Diets for Special Kids
by Lisa Lewis
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Catlog: Book (1998-01-01)
Publisher: Future Horizons
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Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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Understanding and implementing special diets to aid in the treatment of autism and related developmental disorders. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Important Autism Resource
My eight year old son went on the gluten-free/casein free diet a little over a year ago. A member of my support group had highly recommended _Special Diets for Special Kids_ by Dr. Lisa Lewis. I'll always be grateful that she did! My little boy immediatley showed more awareness. Before going on the diet, we were unable to get him potty-trained; within two weeks of starting the diet, he achieved toileting control on his own. He increased some in expressive language, but in receptive language he improved tremendously. Dr. Lewis clearly explains the testing options available to help parents make an informed decision about whether the diet might benefit their child. She emphasizes that this diet is not a guarantee or cure but could possibly improve a child's life. Reading her book is like talking to another mother of a special-needs child who is offering the experience of what worked for her. After going on the diet, learning definitely become easier for my son. Dr. Lewis also lists every imaginable resource to help in the appendices. After reading the book and trying to properly implement the diet, we continue to receive support from ANDI, the group co-founded by Dr. Lewis. This group offers the latest information and new recipes to help with dietary intervention. The procedure has not always been easy, but seeing my son emerge as he has, has made it worth the extra effort.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource To Implement A Gluten- & Casein-Free Diet
I disagree tremendously with the negative review listed for this book. The author never implies the diet will work for everyone and is the sole therapeutic answer. In my opinion, if you are even THINKING of implementing a gluten-free, casein-free diet for your child, this book is a must. Not only does the author provide a thorough review of the literature & studies done on relevant treatments for autism, & defines many of the terms so readily used, she offers a ton of GREAT, KID-FRIENDLY recipes (great for ANY kids that need to be dairy- and gluten-free, regardless of the reason). The author presents the information without bias, allowing the reader to form their own conclusions whether the diet would be helpful. And while, yes, the diet may be difficult to implement (since casein and gluten are so pervasive in our foods), it offers a SAFE, alternative approach that we have seen work for MANY, MANY people in conjuction with other therapies. And as a medical professional, I was more skeptical than most that there could be any link with food & behavior before I heard and saw it for myself over and over and over first hand. If I had a child with autism I would CERTAINLY TRY this. I would have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

5-0 out of 5 stars OK peoples ! If you have a child on the spectrum - its time!
Parents of autistic children, ADD or ADHD kids - you have to do the GFCF Diet thing! IT IS TIME.
This book by Ms Lewis is a great how to get on this diet with excellent practical advice and good tested/yummy recipes for all the favorites including: CHICKEN NUGGETS, breads and food planning.
This GFCF Diet is not a fad and it is not a gimic but an excellent way to you help spectrum child feel, do, be the best they can be.
It all starts with proper nutrition and certain ingredient avoidances. Give it a shot! I highly recommend it and have seen enormous changes in my autistic son so much so that his ATEC went from 89 to 9 and he is now in kindergarten! I highly recommend this book (and Special Diets for Special Kids II!)

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good resource for starting the gluten/casein free diet
This was an excellent start to understand the gluten/casein free diet for children with autism and other special needs. The background information was a little complicated for people who are not in the medical field. However, the basic steps were concise and easy to follow. I especially like the recipes in the back of the book and use them often. There is also excellent resources and contact information in the book. These dietary interventions should be tried by every autistic person. It has changed my son (and my)life! Thank you Lisa Lewis!

5-0 out of 5 stars the must-have book for the gf/cf diet
There is so much information in this book I studied it for a year before my boys started the diet. I use it daily for all of the recipes. This book makes the diet more do-able than it sounds and much less scary. ... Read more

10. The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, "Chronically Inflexible" Children
by Ross W. Greene
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Flexibility and tolerance are learned skills, as any parent knows if they've seen an irascible 2-year-old grow into a pleasant, thoughtful, and considerate older child. Unfortunately, for reasons that are poorly understood, a few children don't "get" this part of socialization. Years after toddler tantrums should have become an unpleasant memory, a few unlucky parents find themselves battling with sudden, inexplicable, disturbingly violent rages--along with crushing guilt about what they "did wrong." Medical experts haven't helped much: the flurry of acronyms and labels (Tourette's, ADHD, ADD, etc.) seems to proffer new discoveries about the causes of such explosions, when in fact the only new development isalternative vocabulary to describe the effects. Ross Greene, a pediatricpsychologist who also teaches at Harvard Medical School, makes a bold and humane attempt in this book to cut through the blather and speak directly to the (usually desperate) parents of explosive children. His text is long and serious, and has the advantage of covering an enormous amount of ground with nuance, detail, and sympathy, but also perhaps the disadvantage that only those parents who are not chronically tired and time-deprived are likely to get through the entire book. Quoted dialogue from actual sessions with parents and children is interspersed with analysis that is always oriented toward understanding the origins of "meltdowns" and developing workable strategies for avoidance. Although pharmacological treatment is not the book's focus, there is a chapter on drug therapies. --Richard Farr ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars At last, a book that actually helps--amazing!
Parents of "explosive: children, you know who you are. This book can be a life-saver for you. If you have failed repeatedly with traditional advice-- "just set consistent limits;" "kids need occasional 'time outs;'""teach patience with consistent rewards and punishments;" "exert your natural authority for your child's good"--you'll find this book a real breath of fresh air. Dr. Greene explains why these approaches just infuriate and humiliate some kids (not to mention their harried parents). He explains why you can't train a kid like this to obey even the best advice blindly, and recommends relinquishing a bit of your (nonexistent) authority in favor of creating a relationship of two-way communication that allows your kid to stay calm and forge compromises. It isn't easy, and it isn't perfect, but--unlike reward-and-punishment, behaviorally-oriented approaches--it really does help.

5-0 out of 5 stars Understand How it Feels to be your child!
Excellent description of children (and adults) who are very inflexible, easily frustrated and very difficult to understand. As a teacher and parent of children diagnosed with ADHD and Sensory Integration Dysfunction, I was impressed by the way this book explains how it feels to be the child who is so difficult to manage. I have read many books on difficult children and this is the first one that finally forced me to realize how hard life is for the child and not just the parents or teachers of these kids. The book offers constructive approaches and, even more importantly, tells adults what NOT to do with these kids. Each school library should offer this book to teachers and parents. You won't be disappointed. You will find yourself looking more realistically and sensitively at your explosive child. You'll want to rush to school and start fresh right away!

5-0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
This book has changed our lives! I have read it several times through, and given copies to all of my daughter's educators. I cried when I read the opening chapters - it described my life to a tee. But now, after using the methods discussed in the book for about a year, the difference in my daughter, my household and my sanity are remarkable. This methodology is phenomenal!

5-0 out of 5 stars a book you'll want and need to pass on to others
I've read this book at least 20 times and have purchased copies for teachers and other parents of difficult kids. Whenever I feel burned out with my wonderful but explosive child, this books helps me to pull myself back together and renews my hope and energy. The Collaborative Problem Solving technique works! What a relief after so many failures.

Dr. Greene writes about these kids with affection and respect - and less face it, if your kid is explosive and inflexible, affection and respect from teachers, therapists, doctors, police, etc (maybe even from yourself) has been hard to come by. I can't begin to describe the relief and hope I felt when I finally saw a description of my child that FIT (!) and didn't blame either her or myself for being horribly inadequate people and causing the whole problem in the first place.

If you parent or teach these kids - you need to read this book. Your outlook and actions will change and so will the child.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book saved our family
Finally somebody who understands what we live with. After several years of professionals suggesting that we just needed another parenting class, we were ready to fall apart. "The Explosive Child" acknowledges that children like mine exist and that we have to understand why they are the way they are and how we can start to bring some sanity to our lives. For desperate parents, this book is like oxygen. It provides a great template for dealing with explosive children on a day to day basis. Dr. Greene's book gave me the courage to stop accepting answers that clearly weren't in our daughter's best interest. This gave me the understanding of how to start advocating for my child. If you find yourself thinking that 'something just isn't right with my child' and 'how can I live with this behavior forever' and 'we need help because nobody understands what we live with', then this book belongs in your hands today. I am not exagerating when I say this book saved our family. We actually have hope that we can raise our child to be a happy and self-sufficient person instead of ending up dead or in jail. ... Read more

11. Healing ADD: The Breakthrough Program That Allows You to See and Heal the 6 Types of ADD
by Daniel G. Amen
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Using breakthrough diagnostic techniques, Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered that there are six distinct types of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), each requiring a different treatment. With recommendations for prescription drugs, nutraceutical therapy, cognitive reprogramming, parenting and educational strategies, biofeedback, self-hypnosis and more, this revolutionary approach can lead sufferers of ADD to a normal, fully-functional life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars fascinating and validating
Dr. Daniel Amen describes several sets of ADD symptoms, illustrating them with images of abnormal brain activity in those who suffer from the symptoms. While I'm not convinced that his six types are all really primarily ADD, or that they are the only types of ADD, still, this book provides fascinating insight into the physical basis for psychiatric difficulties. Dr. Amen's case studies are fascinating and quite compelling, and he shows both great tenderness for his clients and great insight into the needs and difficulties of people with ADD.

This book is extremely valuable for debunking the myth that ADD is not a real disability. Dr. Amen's use of brain imaging technology demonstrates the ways that some people's brains work differently and ineffectively. It's not just laziness--when people with ADD try to concentrate, the part of our brain that controls concentration just shuts down. It's genuinely a physical disability. Although I can "feel" this, to see it verified in black-and-white was extremely validating.

While Amen's treatments might be experimental, his diagnostic methods do not seem so. It is not "experimental" to use brain imaging technology to identify where the brain is working properly and not working enough. This has been done for many years. And it's not true that Amen's work is completely "out there"--his work was reviewed by research physicians in two departments (nuclear medicine and neurology, I think) at UCLA and found to be "good medicine" and worthwhile. Comparisons made in other reviews to procedures completely unsupported by any scientific evidence are really in themselves unsupportable.

I am not a doctor and can't recommend whether the treatments outlined in this book should be implemented. I can say that people with ADD, and those around them who doubt the reality of their difficulties, will learn a lot from looking at the brain images in this book and understanding the connections between the brain's impaired functioning and the associated symptoms.

Reading this book almost makes me feel that "normal" psychiatry is working in the dark without tools... Dr Amen might or might not have made as much progress in the field as this book appears to demonstrate, but nonetheless I think he must be on the right track. I wonder whether it will one day seem to us that trying to guess what's wrong with someone's brain without looking at it, is as strange as trying to diagnose strep throat over the phone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Some new light on ADD!
At last! Some real guidance through the difficulties of identifying, let alone trying to correct ADD. I'm the director of a nutritional therapy clinic. We have sent several people with ADD (as well as with brain injury and stroke) to Dr. Amen's clinics. Until now, though, I never understood why his medication protocols typically worked so well. His book makes it clear, using fascinating "before and after" SPECT "photos" of the ADD brains treated, that there are several distinct kinds of ADD. It goes on to explain the special treatments suitable for each. Dr. Amen also devotes several chapters to some effective, non-drug options. Like his first great book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, this one is full of inspiring case histories, and is so readable that you can't put it down.

3-0 out of 5 stars Questionable research, equivocation-from a reviewer with ADD
This book was a big disappointment. Using brain scanning imagery AMEN has deduced that there are six types of ADD. I find his taxonomy very questionable, and while I don't object to anecdotal evidence to support medical views, Amen turns very slight differences in behavior into major types of diagnoses. The descriptions of the various types interweave to the point that the differences among them are very slight. Why six? Why not 60? Amen's selective perception seems to be pseudo-science reductionist claptrap to me. I have ADD, and as I studied the traits of each one of Amen's categories, it seemed that I was a likely candidate for five of the six. His suggestions regarding diet are laughable: he recommends a healthy well balanced diet as a component to "healing" ADD. Well, now isn't that the most innovative idea about improving one's health: a good diet?!?!?! Thanks to psychostimulants I have been able to completely change my life in ways that at one time would have seemed miraculous. At times, I still feel it is miraculous. But I would never say I am "healed." The term in the title seems to be more marketing ploy than accurate empirical statement. I do recommend the book SCATTERED by Gabor Mate, a physician with ADD. That book is far more informed, holistic, thoughtful, incisive. It is also very well written. The style and methodology of Amen's book makes the DSM-IV seem as though it were written by God him/herself.

5-0 out of 5 stars A gold mine of information
This book is the most comprehensive source of information on ADD available.

The basis of the treatment techniques, SPECT scans, is also revolutionary in its approach and nearly self-evident. This approach of examining both patients' histories and SPECT scans at the same time is obviously an effective means of targeting not only the specific type of ADD (Dr. Amen has categorized 6 types) but also recognizing other disorders that may cause confusion about the ultimate diagnosis.

His work is the tip of the iceberg in diagnosing and finding successful treatments for ADD, anxiety, depression, violent behaivors, Alzeheimer's, obsessive disorders, manic disorders, head-injury related disorders, substance abuse disorders, dementia, and many other brain-related disorders.

It is loaded with information. Many professionals would do well to not only ready but study the information.

This book can be considered a companion to "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life."

1-0 out of 5 stars I don't trust this guy
I have no doubt that Dr. Amen has a lot of experience with SPECT scans, and ADD. I worry that his conclusions haven't been reproduced or confirmed indepedently outside his laboratory, which makes me highly skeptical of his results, and generalizations. Therefore, as the SPECT identifications are the selling point of his book, I can't recommend it.

The title, should also give anyone who has studied ADD pause, as ADD isn't really something that can be "healed", although it can be substantially mitigated. It strikes me as very a "huckster" or "snake oil salesmen" kind of title.

In a world with so many charlatans and unethical companies trying to fool people or exaggerate claims to make a buck, it is disturbing to see a medical doctor disregard the reproducibility demanded by the scientific method.

The general advice given in the book is good, but by no means unique or exceptional, by comparison.

I would recommend Driven to Distraction to those who are looking for more scientifically sound information and advice regarding ADD, and it's treatment. ... Read more

12. Families, Professionals, and Exceptionality: Collaborating for Empowerment (4th Edition)
by Ann Turnbull, H. Rutherford Turnbull
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13. Taking Charge of ADHD, Revised Edition: The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
by Russell A. Barkley
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A treasured parent resource since its publication, Taking Charge of ADHD has now been revised and updated to incorporate the most current information on ADHD and its treatment. From internationally renowned ADHD expert Russell A. Barkley, the book empowers parents by arming them with the up-to-date knowledge, expert guidance, and confidence they need to ensure that their child receives the best care possible. Features of the revised edition include:

*A step-by-step plan for behavior management that has helped thousands of children with ADHD
*Hard data that clear up current controversies about increased diagnosis and stimulant use
*New strategies that give children greater chances of success at school and in social situations
*Advances in genetic and neurological research that enhance our understanding of what causes ADHD
*Practical advice for parents on managing stress and keeping peace in the family
*Updated descriptions of books, organizations, and Internet resources that families can trust
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4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent discussion of ADHD as behavior inhibition
This is the best discussion of ADHD as a medical disorder that I have read. Dr. Barkley explains ADHD as a problem with behavior inhibition where the distractability, inpulsivity and hyperactivity are the results of the underlying problem. He then gives a thorough discussion of how parents can help themselves and their children with behavior modification techniques. He also discusses various medications that are used to treat ADHD.

The reason that I do not give this book 5 stars is that it is not a complete picture of ADHD. The medical disorder model is not the only way, and not neccesarily the best way to view this condition. I can only think of one paragraph in the whole book that mentions positive traits which are associated with ADHD. You really need to read a wider range of books to get a more complete picture.

Hallowell and Ratey's "Driven to Distraction" gives a wonderful look at the many different ways that ADD can affect people and some idea of what it feels like from the inside. Thom Hartmann's "Attention Deficit Disorder: A Different Perspective" views ADHD as a personality trait with distinct advantages under the right circumstances rather than a disorder. These books will help expand Dr Barkley's important viewpoint.

3-0 out of 5 stars Useful, thought provoking, but utterly cold and empathy-free
I came to this book as a skeptic, and as someone who wants nothing to do with the meds. I had avoided reading Barkley because I knew him to be a big drug guy.

However, I found his explanation of ADHD as a problem of inhibition rather than attention to be interesting and to ring true. He also talks about how this relates to troubles with language, motor skills, learning problems and other things that are seen with some ADHD kids. It shed some light on the larger picture, and was very interesting and useful in thinking about the whole child, not just the ADHD behavior part. It was more in-depth than other explanations I had read of ADHD, and more convincing.

As for the drugs, he really does not emphasize them as much as I expected. Clearly, he believes they are effective and safe, but at one point he actually says that if you are just anti-drug don't bother trying them because you won't stick with it. Like other pro-drug things I have read, he does not really address the issue of how or when you decide to get off the drugs. I guess the drug companies aren't funding studies of that question.

One funny point -- in a section advising parents to take care of themselves, he cautions them to avoid caffeine and nicotine because they are stimulants and can make your heart race and increase your blood pressure. Not good for parents, but apparently OK for the kids.

The book actually spends a lot more time on behavior modification techniques than it does on the drugs. Ironically, many of these techniques are similar to those recommended by David Stein in his book Unraveling the ADD/ADHD Fiasco, which is as anti-diagnosis and drugs as Barkley's is pro. I have found many of these techniques to be useful, although I think the tokens and points thing is unwieldy and unrealistic.

The biggest negative of this book is the author's tone, which is offensive in several ways. First, he is paternalistic, frequently lecturing the reader to be critical of sources, etc, yet giving the impression that one should accept his information as scientific and accurate because he says it is.

Second, he gives a seemingly endless litany of ways in which these children will struggle and fail -- learning, friendship, behavior, work, etc. It was so depressing I had to put the book down for awhile. His one positive comment is that some ADHD kids may do well in the arts or in sales, but he is careful to qualify that remark by noting that they won't be better than "normal" kids, they just might be as good as "normal" kids in these areas.

Third, and most striking, is his complete lack of empathy for his patients. Once in awhile he seems to express at least some sympathy for the parents and their struggle, but I cannot think of any examples in which he puts himself in the ADHD kid's place and dicusses how it might feel to be on the receiving end of these problems, meds and other treatments. The child is viewed as the problem to be solved. He makes very clear that there are ADHD kids, and there are normal kids, and the two groups do not overlap. He sees these kids as very disabled and in need of sheltering from the normal demands of life. I'm sure that some days this is true, but it is a very pessimistic and condescending view in the long run, one that does nothing to prepare a person to live in the real world as an adult. He does not ever discuss the potential psychological consequences to the child of being treated by parents, teachers and doctors as so disabled and incapable of ever performing "normally." Treating your child as being as disabled as Barkley says may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He could use to read a copy of Martin Seligman's book Learned Optimism.

Despite the negatives, I recommend this book. It has a practical focus, but still provides a detailed and interesting discussion of ADHD symptoms, behavior, etc. It favors the meds, but it does not beat you over the head with it or dismiss other approaches. In fact, it says that meds must be used in conjunction with other treatments.

Finally, Barkley seems to be a big cheese in the ADHD field, and even if you don't agree with him, it is useful to know what the mainstream point of view is. You may be surprised, as I was, to find more of value here than you expected.

5-0 out of 5 stars Taking Charge of ADHD
A must have for Doctors Teachers and Parents. Explains why your child has ADHD (Medically) and behavior modifications to try I highly recommend this book.

1-0 out of 5 stars A misguided, debilitating approach to ADHD
Back in 1996 I was at a CE seminar presented by Barkley, a smooth talker with lots of fancy graphics and research references, not to mention ties with pharmaceutical drug marketers. However, most of what he presents is distorted, superficial, and contains numerous false statements about the implications of research and about the causes and treatments of ADHD symptoms. Barkley is still "bark"ing up the same tree he was several years ago, making money by telling people what they wish to hear to absolve themselves of any responsibility in having fostered ADHD behaviors, or having to do anything more than use some fancy reward system sold by Barkley's associates or dispense some pill marketed by Barkley's benefactors. Barkley's approach has become widely adopted, thereby perpetuating the patterns of behavior labeled ADHD. Barkley's behavioral approach discourages thinking and creativity in children, instead making them focus on rewards and discipline, making their lives more stressful. The reward systems he recommends are also flawed from a behavioral psychology perspective, as psychologist David Stein has observed, and actually promote continued ADHD behaviors in a significant portion of children. This system is so flawed it's no wonder that the studies show drugs suppress ADHD behaviors better than Barkley's behavior management approaches. Unfortunately, the drugs can either aggravate ADHD symptoms over the long term or promote depression, bipolar, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms, depending upon the individual's internal reaction to the ingestion of disruptive chemicals. Barkley ignores better behavioral and parenting approaches as well as research confirming the benefits of approaches like neurofeedback, massage, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, sensory integration therapies, progressive educational settings, and treating for adverse reactions to exposure to environmental hazards, such as heavy metals, allergens, processed food ingredients, and synthetic chemicals. ADHD is a label for a pattern of behavior that is typical of a tendency to not filter stimuli as social settings often require, with a great many factors influencing the development of this pattern, and a great many factors having the potential to help the individual shift toward a more socially acceptable pattern of filtering stimuli, without suppressing one's ability to be creative, intuitive, or spontaneous. Barkley's approach does nothing about underyling factors contributing to the dominant pattern of diminished filtering, and directs the person to be highly reliant on external controls and manipulations, since Barkley assumes there is some inherent biological abnormality in people labeled ADHD, ignoring the interaction between the individual's personality, genetic potentials, social environment, biochemical environment, and educational environment. If you took a brain scan of someone with an ADHD label you could match it with patterns found in scans of anyone, depending upon what mood, activity, or state of focus they are in at the moment of the scan. Only 24 hour monitoring of brain activity would have any relevance to assessing ADHD patterns, and even then it would only show a pattern of brain activity initiated by psychological and chemical factors, which are variable, just like behaviors are. Barkley has no clue what the brain really is - a transceiver/transducer for information processing between the mind/spirit and the body embedded in the physical reality matrix. Conscious and subconscious psychological factors greatly influence the pattern of activity exhibited in the brain, as do nutrition and drug ingestion. Barkley promotes external locus of control, assuming something is inherently/genetically "wrong" in persons exhibiting ADHD patterns of behavior and attentional filtering. More enlightened approaches help the individual develop self-mastery in balancing their body, mind, and emotions to facilitate any desired state of consciousness, recognizing that taking in great amounts of stumuli data or seeking out the most exciting or novel stimulus to focus attention on is not a defect, but a way of interacting with the environment that may need to be used less frequently in order to function in some settings. If you want your child to be a drug dependent, order-following worker, then follow Barkley's approach. If you want your child to be intelligent, creative, thoughtful, and self-empowered, then I suggest you look at some holistic approaches.

4-0 out of 5 stars A New Way of Looking at ADHD...
As the wife of a husband with ADHD and mother of a son with ADHD, I have struggled for years like many other reviewers to do what is right for "my boys". I think the key point that all books on ADHD need to make is that each person with ADHD is an individual with unique talents and gifts, and we need to view these in a positive light. Anyone who has struggled with this needs to read a book called GIFTED by Kirk Martin. It's actually a novel about a young man with ADD who comes to understand that the "disorder" parents and teachers had considered negative all his life actually turns out to be a gift. I think you can read a summary at, it presents an entirely new way to view the ones you love. ... Read more

14. When Love is Not Enough : A Guide to Parenting Children with RAD - Reactive Attachment Disorder
by Nancy L. Thomas
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This book is a guide to parenting emotionally disturbed children back to health! This method was honed on the toughest kids in the US and has proven very successful in helping them to become respectful, responsible and fun to be with. A clear focused plan for guiding angry, defiant, destructive kids back to emotional health and happiness is all here. If you want to make a difference in the life of a child, this method will do it! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Read This Before Your Adoption Disrupts !!
This book helped save my relationship with my six year old adopted son. Nancy talks in an easy to understand way and gives you step by step techniques that are super effective parenting tools for working with RAD children. She has been on the front lines for many years. Using her ideas, simply presented here, you too will begin to see changes immediately in the way you and your child relate to each other. The "Healing Trust" audio cassette tape is the perfect companion piece to this book. If you have a child with RAD or you suspect your child may have components of RAD purchase this book and the audio tape. Begin to work on changing just one particular behavior and see the difference. Nancy Thomas's ideas are a godsend.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have
This book is an excellent resource for anyone dealing with Reactive Attachment Disorders. As a psychologist, parent and foster parent, I found this book to be the most practical and helpful resource available. The author has an obvious wealth of experience and direct knowledge which seperates this book from the many "theroretical" books available. She has walked the walk as well as talking the talk, and her love of children is obvious as you read her book. This is a life saving book for children with emotional problems and their parents. If you have to have just one book on the subject of parenting RAD kids - this is the one. If you want a good overview of RAD and what it really means - this book is for you; and if you are struggling with how to parent a child with emotional problems and are looking for help - this book is for you. I heartily recommend this book for parent and professional alike.

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a cult
Nancy Thomas has no credentials. Her "expertise" in the area of attachment is entirely the result of shameless self promotion. Her "techniques" are not based on science or psychology. She has a "cult" following, but no long term studies to determine whether her form of discipline is actually helpful or harmful. In many cases, she is the justification for child abuse by parents who prefer to blame the child rather than examine the problems.
Where is the psychological study supporting her views? Where are her educational credentials? Her basis for making psychological judgments?
Attachment is a hot button issue right now, and Nancy Thomas has taken advantage of this trend to make herself a self described "expert" in the field. Before you sign on to this cult, take a careful look at what the research in the field says, and consider the profit motive in the "training" offered.

5-0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!
Someone has finally put what I live with into words. People did not believe what I said, because they saw a different part to my son, to the extent that they accused me of child abuse because I was "too strict". We have been using these strategies for just a few days, and we can already see a difference. I feel less stressed because I have ways of dealing with the behaviors that stressed me most. Any parent who has a child with ADHD, ODD, or RAD, should read this book several times. The methods may seem unconventional, but these are not conventional kids. I've lived with it for 5 years, and this is the first thing that's worked.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book for the stressed out Mom
In 5 years, and countless books... this book is the ONE read I could relate too. My son is diagnosed with ODD and ADHD. (and I believe, RAD). The physicians, therapists, social workers, etc. felt fine to label him with ODD and ADHD, but why not with RAD? I will never know. I can honestly tell you this~~ after reading this book, we have been medication FREE for 1 week. Not impressive to some, but to those who can relate, it's a huge milestone. I could not have done this without the help of this book. Many, many thanks to the author, Nancy Thomas. At last, a book not filled with "how to's", but logical, useful and intelligent recommendations. ... Read more

15. Children With Starving Brains: A Medical Treatment Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Second Edition
by Jaquelyn McCandless
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In the midst of a worldwide epidemic of autism, ADD, and ADHD, this book is a message of hope to parents embarking on the challenging journey of finding proper medical care for their Autism Spectrum Disorder children. Genetic susceptibility activated by "triggers" such as pesticides and heavy metals in vaccines can lead to immune system impairment, gut dysfunction, and pathogen invasion such as yeast and viruses in many children.

This is the first book written by an experienced clinician that gives a step-by-step treatment guide for parents and doctors based on the understanding that ASD is a complex biomedical illness resulting in significant brain malnutrition. Dr. McCandless, whose grandchild with autism has inspired her "broad spectrum approach," describes important diagnostic tools needed to select appropriate treatment programs. Her book explains major therapies newly available and identifies safe and effective options for parents and physicians working together to improve the health of these special children.

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5-0 out of 5 stars a biomedical "Bible"
Dr. McCandless has outdone herself with this one. There's so much "sugar coating" in the autism community, it's refreshing to be treated as a "professional parent" rather than a frail flower. She gives precise info that is being used by 1000's of parents of children with autism every day. This woman and this book has saved my son's outlook on life. She's given me the inspiration to be a better, more informed parent. There is no hand holding here, there is no "get you through it" chapter. There ARE hundreds of pages of vital information that every parent even CONSIDERING biomedical intervention can not be without. Another review complained of "coldness and lack of humanity"... couldn't be further from the truth. She's didn't write the book to be your emotional counselor, she wrote it to help YOUR child and HER grand daughter. There is not one ounce of blame or assumption on any page of this book. If the previous reviewer read that, she was reading from her own emotions, not the words in this book. Dr. McCandless never claims to make your child "un" autistic, she give YOU the info to make better judgement calls in your child's biomedical health. If you pick only one book, pick this will not get any better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Parents and Practitioners: The help you are seeking is here.
Please do yourself, your child, or your patients the monumental favor of reading, living, and practicing this book. Children with Starving Brains is an easy to read and comprehensive guide to the painfully complex issues surounding the causation, gastrointestinal pathology, toxicity, and evaluation process of working with children with Austism Spectrum Disorders.

The book then deals extensively with the steps involved in healing the injuries. Dr. McCandless walks the reader through gastrointestinal healing measures, removing heavy metals, restoring proper immune function, and healing the STARVING brain.

You will shake your head in amazement both at the amount of helpful and hopeful information in this book, as well as in absolute awe at the lack of comprehension that most medical, dental, and nursing practitioners have concerning the contemporary state of causation, pathology, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

I work in a practice that has successfully treated almost 100 children utilizing the principles outlined by Dr. McCandless. All the children have improved to varying degrees. Some have almost totally "recovered", others have shown islands of significant improvement, but ALL have responded positively.

This is good, progressive, modern health care. It is not "alternative" treatment. It is correct treatment to address an acute illness or "insult" to a child's entire brain, body, and self. These interventions have also proven tremendously helpful in our treatment of 200 adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

I especially appeal to my nursing colleagues: READ THIS BOOK. In so many situations, We are the professionals advising mothers about conception and prenatal care; administering immunizations; counseling parents about the use of antibiotics; teaching about dental care; providing care in pediatrician's offices, or in our own pediatric, psychiatric, and general health care practices. If we do not avail ourselves of this information, we are part of the problem, and NOT part of the answer. If we are ignorant of the issues surrounding vulnerbility and causation, we are directly contributing to the epidemic of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

In the future, we will look back on the pioneering work of Jaquelyn McCandless, and her colleagues such as Teresa Binstock, and the innovative professionals associated with DAN! and similar organizations,and know that this was indeed a turning point in the history of medicine and nursing.

We have purchased several dozen copies of this book and have distributed it to parents and professionals, and they have been amazed. Parents intuitively know there is much truth to be found in this book. Professionals who read it with an open mind often come around and start to pay attention to data rather than dogma.

Invest a few hours reading this book. It will change the life of someone you love, or someone with whose care and development you are entrusted.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book with ANSWERS AND WHERE TO START!!
Finally, no doom and gloom. Families with ASD kids - a manual on HOW TO. FINALLY! If you want BIOMEDICAL answers and a clear direction on why and how - this book is for you.

Be sure to provide behavioral and biomedical intervention for your child on the spectrum. Both together make all the difference in the world.


5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reference for Biomedical Interventions
Children with Starving Brains describes what is wrong with ASD children and what you can do to improve the child's condition even if your child's physician knows very little about autism. It is written in clear and understandable "layman's" terms, making it my most used resource. I highly recommend it to parents and to the child's physician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful guidebook for parents and physicians
Thank you Dr. McCandless for this incredible book that guides both parents and physicians in treatment that can make such a difference with our children. The information in this book is priceless for those whose lives have been changed by an autism diagnosis. The explanations and treatment are wonderful for both the lay person and the clinician. My son is recovering so very fast from Autism and it is due to the interventions that are outlined in this book. Dr. McCandless has dedicated her life and practice as a physician to working with autistic children and her commitment and dedication are helping thousands to improve and recover. Thank you Dr. McCandless for this incredible guidebook and for your dedication to helping these children. This book gives both the parent and the physician a clear road map to follow and explains in detail the many complicated "pieces of the puzzle". It is a must read for any family affected by this disease and recommended by many physicians nationwide who work with Autistic children using biomedical interventions. ... Read more

16. Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-By-Step Guide for Parents
by Ronald M. Rapee, Sue Spence, Vanessa Cobham, Ann Wignall, Ronald Rapee
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All kids get scared, but some fears can escalate into paranoias with long-term ramifications. This step-by-step guide tackles the why, how, and what now of anxiety disorders. Written in everyday language, it describes in detail strategies and techniques parents can combine into a comprehensive self-help program for managing a child's worry while building confidence and self-control. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars It helped me understand my child better.
After reading this, I gained more compassion for my child, and I was better equipped to handle his anxiousness.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very effective approach
The approach on this book brought almost inmediate results as I helped my son with certain anxieties. It was like magic! Very good tool. Thanks

4-0 out of 5 stars Finally step by step
This is a really super book. Normally, each time you pick
up a self-help book it is abstract, nothing concrete, no examples
or scenarios. This books really lays it all out. It gives you
practical examples, question and answers! My child is enjoying
the exercises as well.

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5-0 out of 5 stars What a terrific book!
My teenager suffers from PTSD - his anxiety is so sky high that he was rarely going to school. After a years worth of visits to psychiatrists and medication which was not working, I purchased this book and put it in action the week it arrived. My son had not made it to school on a Monday or Tuesday since the school year began - after one session of "realistic thinking" on Sunday nite - he went to school Monday! He was then able to go all week - even to midterm exams! On the following Sunday nite his anxiety began again and we started another round of realistic thinking - he made it to school. You must try this book - it is excellent!

4-0 out of 5 stars helpful resource
I have found this book to be a helpful and informative resource for parents of anxious children. It teaches parents how to help their children effectively cope with and face their fears and anxiety. It is written with great detail while still being exceptionally practical. ... Read more

17. The Defiant Child: A Parent's Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder
by Douglas Riley
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Catlog: Book (1997-08-01)
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2-0 out of 5 stars "Take no prisoners" approach
The book describes what parents of ODD kids experience every day. Mr. Riley's suggestions are easily understood and seem natural. The book is easy to read. Then why I did not give it five stars?

If you consider buying this book, you probably already tried setting limits, star programs, timeouts, 1-2-3, and many other variations of dog training. You tried and found that both "motivation" and warnings are ignored, and that punishment only fuels more resentment.

Now you are stuck, but there is a hope -- Mr. Riley comes with new ideas for better, more severe and more painful punishment; of course all within the limits of the law. You are big and smart, and there are many ways to cause pain to your child without spanking. For example, you could explain that YOU own everything in your home and will take it away if he misbehaves.

So, what's wrong with the book?

First, the style. Mr. Riley speaks in a very distant, detached voice as if he is not talking about our children, but of some other species: evil, smart, and obviously very dangerous. My first reaction to the book was entirely intuitive -- its ice-cold style FELT wrong.

Second, the perception of the real problem. Whey you say "dress up now, we got to go", and your 8 year old answers with "F--- YOU", is it because you need more "parental authority", or because he is lacking some very basic skills needed for everyday life? And if your child is as evil and smart as the book suggests, why his life is such a hell?

If you think you have to win the war with your child, no matter what it takes -- this book is for you. If you want to teach your child the skills needed for everyday survival, try reading "The Explosive Child". I made my choice, now it's your turn.

5-0 out of 5 stars A practical guide to understanding & dealing with ODD
With a child of 7 who recently was diagnosed with ADHD and ODD this book is helping us deal with some very difficult and scary situations. In addition to counseling, this book has been a good place to turn to when questions and concerns need to be addressed. This book was very informative and easy to read. It gives a concise easy to understand description of ODD and explains the disorder from the child's perspective very acurately. The authors goes on to give sound advice on how to handle conflicts and tough situations that can become daily battles at home and school. I'm hoping we will not still need this book in the teen years, but I'll keep it close by just in case we do.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book- solid content and no fluff!
If you're perusing discipline books, wondering what to do about in-your-face defiance, screaming, foul-language,etc., this is the book for you. It is right to the point and dead-on. I wish I'd found it about 2 years earlier, when my daughter started middle school and the behavior escalated. The author's suggestions definitely work. All I can add is, "Whew".

4-0 out of 5 stars Right on the mark
This book has not only helped to understand a grandchild, it has also given some inspiration to a relative with an uncontrolable daughter. When you run our of ideas, buy this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Understanding the mind of the Defiant Child
Dr. Riley does a remarkable job of giving parents a glimpse of the mistaken ideas that guide the behavior of defiant children. Hopefully, parents will stop blaming themselves and recognize that these children act out due to their distorted sense of reality. Parents who read this book often report that the book serves as guideposts for how to make their children more sensitive.

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18. Parenting Your Premature Baby and Child: The Emotional Journey
by Deborah L., PhD. Davis, Mara Tesler Stein, Mara Tesler Stein
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The premature birth of your baby or babies is a medical crisis. But more than that, it is a family crisis. When your baby* is born too soon, you must face not only the medical aspects of prematurity but also the many emotional aspects of parenting your premature baby. During hospitalization, after homecoming, and perhaps throughout childhood, there are three overarching, emotionally intense challenges you face:

1) Coping with feelings, which includes moving through your grief, adjusting, and coming to terms with your baby's premature birth and its consequences

2) Developing your parental identity, which includes feeling connected to your baby, playing an indispensable role in the NICU, and becoming the kind of parent you want to be

3) Managing your relationships, which includes communicating with your partner, with other family members and friends, and with your baby's health care providers

This book addresses all these challenges, and more.

Indeed, this book rides on the crest of a new wave. In recent years, neonatology has become much more than medical technology. Along with providing state-of-the-art interventions, more and more NICUs are also providing developmentally supportive care to babies-and to their parents. Developmentally supportive care for a premature baby consists of close contact with the parents and being surrounded by the muted, gentle, nurturing conditions that mimic the womb. Developmentally supportive care for parents consists of honoring their need to get physically close and feel emotionally connected to their newborn and become confident in taking care of this baby. In other words, developmentally supportive care tries to give babies and parents what they've been promised.

Instead of banishing parents to waiting rooms or allowing them to merely look through a plate-glass window, modern NICU policy welcomes parents as integral members of their baby's NICU caregiving team and considers parental involvement paramount-good for the babies, good for the parents, good for the family. Indeed, when parents are given opportunities to be close to their baby and are encouraged and coached in caregiving, they can become attuned, responsive, and sure with their little one. When parents are informed about their baby's conditions and treatments, they can advocate for their baby's needs. When parents are supported emotionally, they can be more emotionally available to their baby. These positive, connective emotional experiences between parent and baby contribute to optimal infant development. This book reflects and accompanies the emerging respect for the developmental needs of the entire family and the spreading philosophy of family-centered care.

There are many good books that explain your premature baby's medical conditions, developmental diagnoses, treatments, and procedures, and that guide you in caregiving tasks. This book is different. It focuses on your experiences, feelings, and relationships around the delivery, hospitalization, homecoming, and long-term parenting of your premature baby and child. It provides suggestions and support for coping, adjusting, and finding your way. It focuses on how you can deal with the challenges you meet so you can revel in the pleasures of nurturing and cherishing your little one. With quotes from many parents, this book also strives to provide you with the comfort of knowing that your reactions make sense and that you're not alone.

While every family's journey is unique, you share many of the same hopes, fears, joys, sorrows, struggles, and triumphs with other parents of premature babies. It is our hope that you will find comfort, reassurance, support, and strength in these pages.

*Usually it is awkward to refer to both singleton and multiple babies in the same sentence by writing "baby or babies" or even "baby(ies) and "child(ren)." So most of the time, we just refer to "your baby" or "your child." If you gave birth to twins, triplets, or more, please know that whenever applicable to your situation, "your baby" or "child" means "your babies" or "children."

Organizing this book was very challenging. There is a time line to follow, but the three overarching themes of "coping with feelings," "developing your parental identity," and "managing your relationships" come up at every turn. At any point on your personal journey, you may feel emotionally overwhelmed, your growth and development as a parent and a person continues, and you will be dealing with your partner, your baby's health care providers, and others. Since books are naturally linear and don't take well to any other arrangements, we encourage you to weave your way through this book to match the nonlinear path your experience of having a preemie takes. Some sections may feel more appropriate than others at different times, depending on your unique situation, your personality, and where you are in your journey. Use the Table of Contents and the Index to find your currently pressing concerns.

As you weave your way through the book, you can also peek ahead into the future for preparation and reassurance, or review the past for validation, affirmation, and to make sense of where you've been and where you are. Take in whatever seems helpful and pass by whatever isn't. Return to the passages that are particularly comforting and try reading other parts later. It is not necessary to read this book through from start to finish. Even if you do read it cover to cover and then put it away, we encourage you to revisit this book from time to time. You'll notice that what you need will stand out every time, and what you need will always seem to be different. This book is meant to be your companion, and it will follow your lead.

If reading this book moves you to cry, try to accept this reaction. These are healing tears of grief and joy, courage and strength that mix with those of other parents. You are not alone. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A book to read at your baby's bedside, and many years later
As the mother of a daughter born three months prematurely (now 3 and 1/2) I find this book to be insightful, full of information, parents' stories and reflections, and true to many aspects of my experience. When my daughter was in the NICU, and during the earlier days at home, I yearned for such a book. It would have helped me cope with the complexity of the NICU and aftermath. I would have taken it to the NICU and read it by my daughter's bedside! Now, several years later, this book provides solace, perspective, and a way to process an intense experience with more information and comfort. I highly recommend this book to families and professionals interested in fostering a more human and informed approach to coping with prematurity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mother of a preemie and a professional
As a professional, an instructor, and most importantly, the mother of a son born prematurely, I found this to be a remarkable book. Drs. Davis and Stein gently guide the reader through difficult emotions while simultaneously offering words of comfort, hope, healing and reassurance. For the parent in the midst of a NICU experience, the book's layout allows the reader to find the support she or he needs, without becoming overwhelmed with information she or he may not find useful or helpful to her or his particular crisis or triumph. As a mother, I found myself crying in recognition with many of the parent quotes. As a professional therapist, I have found a new resource to offer my clients. As an instructor, I will encourage students to add this work to their list of "must haves". I highly recommend this book for parents, grandparents, friends of the familes of premature infants as well as professionals interested in prematurity

5-0 out of 5 stars Really helped me and my husband
I am very glad that I found this book. When you have a premature baby, you feel so alone. The stories from other parents in this book helped me share my grief, even if it was with people that I had never met in a book. ... Read more

19. Wrightslaw: From Emotions to Advocacy - The Special Education Survival Guide
by Peter W. D. Wright, Pamela Darr Wright
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Learning to be an effective advocate for your special needs child IS work! Special education is a "right", but must be assiduously pursued. But there are definite tactics and strategies to assist the parent. From Emotions to Advocacy [FETA] is a wonderful map for every parent.

The book follows a logical and well organized road, beginning with preparing the reader for understanding the complex interplay of parents, schools, disabilities, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other disability laws. Among the important lessons that authors Pamela and Peter Wright teach are how to organize your files using a document management system, how to use private sector expert evaluations of your child and why they are essential, and how to understand the critical role of testing, percentile ranks, and the Bell Curve, and how to use those results to work for your child's "SMART IEP". The use of the "Columbo Strategy" to build valid IEP goals by asking "who, what,why,where, when, how and explain" [5Ws+H+E] is taught.

The critical skill of letter writing and documenting all conversations, agreements, and decisions with your school administrators is part of the strategy of writing calm, factual letters as if they will be read by a "Stranger". Lessons to bolster your self confidence and achieve results in IEP meetings are carefully discussed. The sample letters in the appendices and the numerous strategy discussions lay out how to avoid letting anger and other emotions interfere with keeping your focus on improving your child's education. Numerous other appendices and cross references throughout FETA provide additional resources, including the informative Q&As of the federal IDEA Appendix A.

As an attorney who has a child with special needs, I have benefited greatly from Peter and Pam Wright's insights and apply that knowledge in my own practice. FETA is the "how-to" starting point and compass for all parents entering the special education struggle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Help at it's best!!!!
I attended the Cleveland, OH seminar in Feb, and was so glad that I did. Not only was the information, shared by Pam and Pete Wright, invaluable, but I was able to obtain their books, "Wrightslaw" and "From Emotions to Advocacy." Any parent who has a child with special needs, knows how difficult it can be, to get needed services, as well as have them implimented correctly. My youngest child is autistic, and he has been having a very difficult time during the current school year. Despite numerous attempts to resolve the problems, I was getting no where, on my own. As a last resort, I retained an attorney. Things were now beginning to move in a positive direction, and then I attended the seminar. Between the information shared at the seminar, and the information in the books, I now feel that I have a better understanding of the "do's, dont's, rights,and wrongs" that can and do occur with parents and school administrators. I immediately implimented some of the suggestions given in the books and at the seminar, with very positive results. One suggestion was to bring food to the meetings, something I have done for several years. I have yet to have someone tell me, "No thank you, I'm not hungry." Another suggestion was to be very organized. I purchased an expandable file folder, which holds all of my son's IEP's, MFE's, and any other correspondence, in chronological order. At my last meeting, on Mar. 5, a question arose, concerning past reports. I was able to pull out the needed report, quickly, while everyone else just sat there. The comment from the Special Ed Director was, "Look at this. Boy is she organized." No one, with a special needs child, should be without either one of these books.

If you have a learning disabled child, this book will become your Bible. It is an excellent resource book and it has helped me tremendously in the IEP process. My son is in the seventh grade now. I wished I had purchased this book earlier. I suggest that anyone who is going through an IEP for the first time to buy this book. There is alot of information that is not provided by the school. Alot of parents accept what the school says without question. I suggest purchasing The Complete IEP Guide: How to Advocate for Your Special Ed Child as well. These two books will enable you to become more educated in the difficult journey through special education politics. It will guide you, offer suggestions and ultimately you will feel more confident as you approach the school department to get an appropriate education for your child. Along with these books, I highly recommend getting an educational advocate. They know the laws and they can interpret the test results that seem like they are written in a foreign language. To all parents with sped kids...good luck and I wish you and your child the best!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Pete Wright's FETA book is excellent!
I recently attended Pete and Pam Wright's "Boot Camp" advocacy training in which their books, "From Emotions to Advocacy" and "Special Education Law" were used as part of their training. The books, as well as, the training are exceptional.

In order for parents to become effective advocates for their child, these books are essential. I would highly recommend these books (and the training) to any parent of a disabled child. Pete's added comments contained within his "Special Education Law" book helps parents better understand just what the laws are saying without all the "legaleese". And the information contained in the FETA book is outstanding as well! It includes valuable information on how to interpret and understand your child's testing scores and to know what areas your child may be struggling in. I'll be using the information I gained from these books often! In fact, I already have!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Parents of Children who have Disabilities!
This book takes you step by step through the process of Advocating for your child! As parents we all know how confusing it can be to understand the system, test scores, IEP's and everything in between. From Emotions to Advocacy takes all the guess work out of it for us! It is an easy to read guide to Advocating for children with disabilities. It helps you to understand the process and how to work with the principals, diagnostitians, teachers and para-professionals to have a successful school year for your child! Most importantly how to take emotion out of the equation so that you can see things clearly and not burn any bridges on your way to getting what your child needs!
Anyone who has to deal with IEP's and ARD meetings should have this book. ... Read more

20. Emergence : Labeled Autistic
by Temple Grandin, Margaret M. Scariano
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Catlog: Book (1996-09-01)
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4-0 out of 5 stars This book helps one to understand autism
I read this very informative book and was amazed that many people with autism can lead productive lives,Ms.Temple Grandin is a prime example!

5-0 out of 5 stars a must read for teachers of individuals with autism
Since I began working with individuals with autism, I have been interested in reading works by adults with autism. I believe books such as this one offer a valuable insight into the world of an individual with autism. One of the main ideas I got out of this book was the idea that many individuals with autism experience sensory input differently than other individuals. This is an idea that I have heard from physical and occupational therapists for years, but Temple Grandin explains it so vividly, it is hard to forget. She talks about her simultaneous need for deep pressure and her intense desire not to be held by anyone. She explains that while she needs the sensory input, she needs to be in control of it. I have seen this in my work with small children with autism. I have been taught by physical and occupational therapists several ways to provide this much needed stimulation (such as wrapping the child in a blanket and rolling a ball over them). However, I have noticed that this only sometimes has a claming effect. Other times it makes the child more anxious. Since reading this book, I have worked with one preschooler and taught her words such as "hard", "scratch", "rub", and "tight". She is quite verbal and learns words quickly, but she did not know how to ask for the type of stimulation she needed. Before, the only control she had was to say "peanut" (the shape of the ball we roll over her) or "stop". Now, she can control not only when she gets stimulation, but also the type of stimulation. This is why I believe this type of book is so important. Temple had a very frustrating childhood because she could not adequately express what was in her mind. Many of my students experience similar frustrations, but I believe I can get a better understanding of what is going on in their minds by reading books such as this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars I was inspired by Temple's mother
As the mother of a then two-year old with autistic spectrum disorder, I read this book looking for clues to my daughter's behaviors. I already knew of Temple Grandin's work from TV news magazine coverage.

I, like other parents of children with ASD, hope that my daughter will one day grow up to be like Temple Grandin -- much like parent's of "normal" children hope that their child will grow up to be the next Mozart or Einstein.

This book never told me "why" Temple feels the way she does. But it did, in a very readable style, tell me "what" she feels - or does not feel. It gave me an insight into my own child's cravings for deep pressure and other sensory input.

The most important thing that I gained from this book was the understanding of the power that parents can and do have over the educational process for their children. The work of Temple's mother was alluded to in this book, but it is obvious that her mother was a woman who bucked the conventions of the time (the 1950's) and sought inclusive education for her daughter.

I wonder if Temple will ever realize how very special her mother is, and what a wonderful gift she has given her daughter.

5-0 out of 5 stars Temple Grandin is amazing
I thought this book was amazing ,the only insight into autism from someone who knows.My son has just been diagnoised at age 2 and this book gives you hope. If he grows up to be half the person Temple has become I will be so pleased.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK to anyone dealing with autism.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, but now unnecessary
If this were the only book that Temple Grandin had written about autism, it would be well worth reading. However, her more recent work "Thinking in Pictures" is less a sequel than a new (and better) version of the same book. This might be worthwhile for someone who has already read that book and would like some more detail on some of the topics covered there. ... Read more

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