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61. Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence:
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66. The ADD Answer: How to Help Your
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67. Out of the Fog: Treatment Options
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80. A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome

61. Asperger Syndrome and Adolescence: Helping Preteens & Teens Get Ready for the Real World
by Teresa, PhD. Bolick, Teresa Bolick, Teresa Bolick
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Asin: 1931412413
Catlog: Book (2004-06)
Publisher: Fair Winds Press
Sales Rank: 49466
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Asperger Syndrome is on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum and is characterized by a lack of social skills, abnormal preoccupation with certain objects or tasks, and the inability to control one?s rage. It is also characterized by high creativity and passion that can be too often squelched in a parent?s or teacher?s efforts to manage the behavior of the AS child. There is no specific treatment or cure. This is a relatively new diagnosis, and has been retroactively applied to geniuses like Vladimir Nabokov.But for the modern kid, who has to follow the social norms of the day, which include sitting for long periods of time in a chair, AS can be excruciatingly difficult.

There are several books on AS that sell very well with little or no promotion. There is not one for teens, however. The author sees a lot of AS adolescents, and they encounter a unique set of problems as they need to assert their independence without the social intuition their peers possess.This book addresses those needs in a practical, positive way, ensuring that the reader recognizes and celebrates the benefits of AS as well as its drawbacks.The book is full of fascinating, inspiring anecdotes of AS teens.

Teresa Bolick, Ph.D is a clinical psychologist who has worked with school systems and HMOs and specializes in kids with AS and autism.She speaks regularly on the subject and has a private practice in Nashua, New Hampshire, where she is a consultant to several school districts on kids with autism and AS. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource
This is the best book I have read on AS in quite a while. It is one of the few that addresses the differences in adolescence. Those of us who have been in the AS world for awhile know there is a lot of info out there for younger children. Now that our children are getting older, their challenges change. This book really helps in that area. I loaned my copy to my son's educational assistant and she doesn't want to give it back ! Great book,must read for parents of AS adolescents.

5-0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny
One of the best books on this subject

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the early teen years
This book is organized and very readable. Each section discusses an area where a person with Asperger's Syndrome might have a deficit/challenge. For each "problem" area, there is a short clinical discussion of what the deficiency means (for example, what the heck is "executive function"), then a practical description of how this difficulty might manifest itself in behavior (difficulty with performing particular tasks), and finally some ways that the parent/teacher/other might help the youngster work through or around the problem. This book is my current favorite, as my 11 year old son moves from the shelter of elementary school into the more open middle school environment. The book addresses social skills, academic skills, and has lots of ideas for when and how to help (or keep out of the way!) your child. One section that really impressed me is about special interests, rituals, and routines... The author emphasizes that these need not be viewed as obssessions, compulsions, and rigidity of behavior! ... Read more


62. Survival Tips For Women With Ad/hd: Beyond Piles, Palms, And Post-its
by TERRY MATLEN
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Asin: 1886941599
Catlog: Book (2005-04-01)
Publisher: Specialty Press (FL)
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Women with AD/HD tormented by the daily chores and decisions needed to survive in a world of linear thinking will find solace in this self-help guide. Offering a collection of practical solutions to seemingly simple daily problems, this book will help to relieve the guilt and anxiety so many women have when they feel they don't measure up to the norms of today's society. These proven gems of wisdom, submitted by hundreds of women with AD/HD from all over the world, will help the reader painlessly get through the piles of laundry on her floor and stacks of paper on her desk. Written to accommodate readers with AD/HD who often have difficulty reading a book from cover to cover, this guide is designed like a manual, allowing them to flip through to areas of interest without having to read the entire book to find what they need. Practical tips provide help in dealing with organizational tasks, including paperwork in the home and office, preparing meals, social situations, paying bills on time, household chores, shopping, and personal and family health.
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63. Everybody Is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism
by Fiona Bleach
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Asin: 1931282064
Catlog: Book (2002-02-11)
Publisher: Autism Asperger Pub Co
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book is different! It is specially designed to give answers to the many questions of brothers and sisters of young people on the autistic spectrum. As well as explaining the characteristics of autism, it is full of helpful suggestions for making family life more comfortable for everyone concerned. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars MARCHING TO YOUR OWN DRUMMER
This is an excellent teaching tool that paves the way towards acceptance of persons who display autistic behavior. Autism and its related neurobiological condition, Asperger's are spectrum conditions. Common spectrum behaviors include a myriad of sensory issues such as strong aversions for loud noises; strong reactions to certain smells and tastes and distinctive speaking styles. Many spectrum behaviors overlap and Asperger's, while considered at the higher end of the autism spectrum does indeed share common neuro-sensory ground with autism.

This book does a heroic job in explaining and addressing these issues to young children. It is a good way of empowering children on and off the spectrum with knowledge that will in turn pave the way to greater acceptance. ... Read more


64. The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child : A Survival Guide for Parents
by Judith Lederman, Candida Fink
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Asin: 0743229401
Catlog: Book (2003-11-04)
Publisher: Fireside
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Bipolar disorder has recently been identified as one of the most misunderstood and underdiagnosed conditions affecting children -- and it is dramatically on the rise. The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child gives parents the sound advice and expert information they need to cope with this challenging diagnosis, and shows how to provide essential care and support for a bipolar child as well as for the rest of the family. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Ups and Downs of Raising a Bipolar Child : A Survival Gu
In the last decade, increasing numbers of children and adolescents have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder (manic depression). Though this disorder was previously thought not to occur before young adulthood, it is now acknowledged to be relatively common and often misdiagnosed. Life with bipolar children can be harrowing, as they can rapidly cycle from uncontrollable exuberance to suicidal depression. This book, written by the parent of a bipolar child with the assistance of a psychiatrist, offers concrete tips on how to handle difficult situations, such as what to tell siblings, dealing with the distress caused by the necessary blood tests, and coping with teens who get into legal trouble. Details about diagnosis, medication, and treatment are briefly covered(...)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the besk book in the whole, wide world!
This book is extremely informative and helpful. I love the "notes from the couch" sections at the end of each chapter. No really good books had been written for parents before this. Thanks and conragulations to the authors (ESPCIALLY DR. CANDIDA FINK).

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on Early Onset Bipolar Disorder
This is a must for any parent with a child with Early Onset Bipolar Disorder. I very rarely highlight a book but this one now has many pink markings and I have told my husband he must read this. There are very few books on Early Onset Bipolar Disorder and this is one of three that I strongly encourage you to read.
Many believe that BP stands for bad parenting, this book dispels this myth. If any child in your family has Early Onset Bipolar Disorder I would suggest reading this book and passing it onto all the family members!! ... Read more


65. Consultation, Collaboration, and Teamwork for Students with Special Needs (5th Edition)
by Peggy Dettmer, Linda P Thurston, Norma J Dyck
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Asin: 0205435238
Catlog: Book (2004-08-04)
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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66. The ADD Answer: How to Help Your Child Now--With Questionnaires and Family-Centered Action Plans to Meet Your Child's Specific Needs
by Frank, Dr. Lawlis, Frank Lawlis
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Asin: 0670033367
Catlog: Book (2004-08-19)
Publisher: Viking Books
Sales Rank: 528
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Every year, 17 million new cases of attention deficit disorder, or ADD,are diagnosed in children. But medications designed to treat thedisorder don’t work for many children and often leave familiesfrustrated and searching for more options. In The ADD Answer,Dr. Frank Lawlis draws upon his thirty-five years of experience as aclinical and research psychologist to show parents how they can reclaimtheir central role in healing their children with comprehensive step- by-step advice on dealing with the problems of ADD. His approach blendsthe latest medical, nutritional, and psychological treatments that canincrease brain function with expert insight into the emotional-andspiritual-support kids need.

Including assessment tests geared to help parents understand theirchild’s particular needs and practical information on proven treatmentoptions, The ADD Answer explores:

• The role of nutrition in treating the disorder
• The positive effects of counseling and goal setting
• Advances in the field of biofeedback
• The importance of sleep, and much more

An inspiring and essential guide, The ADD Answer will help every familyfacing the challenges of ADD create a more loving, healthy environmentnecessary for their child to thrive. ... Read more


67. Out of the Fog: Treatment Options and Coping Strategies for Adult Attention Deficit Disorders
by Kevin Murphy, Suzanne Levert
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Catlog: Book (1995-05-31)
Publisher: Hyperion
Sales Rank: 10054
Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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3-0 out of 5 stars Maybe, maybe not..
The time management tips and organizational skills surely could be helpful, and more helpful for the hyperactive type, than those who are strictly inattentive. Pluses are also that it delves into issues of alcohol abuse, which are lacking in strictly "strategies" books.

But given part of it's title "Treatment Options", you're talking about a book that is mid 1990's, and references research long before it was published, and much more has been done since then.

Like Murphy, Dr. Hallowell also has Adult ADD, but at least in his video "Attention Deficit Disorder in the 21st Century - A Conversation with Edward M. Hallowell MD", is in the right century. It can be argued his book Driven To Distraction, and perhaps even it's followup, Answers To Distraction, is outdated, but it doesn't delve into specific treatment issues, and the reason it remains popular is that the tips are practical and not "time sensitive".

This has very practical tips as well, but this book goes into medicinal treatment, and much more research has been learned since the book was published on various treatment options, including the fact that in regards to medication, the first ever medication for adults has been approved, and you'll probably find Chapter 4 disappointing and outdated.

Diet is touched briefly (although the stress management part of that chapter is helpful), and it doesn't delve into other treatment options that are either more time sensitive, or alternatives to medication.

I do not doubt that Murphy is extremely knowlegeable, and he himself has done much research since the book was published and obviously not mentioned, including a book in 2000 on psychological assessment. While "Treatment Options" has a catchy title and certainly portions can be helpful, I wouldn't want my doctor to look at a mid 90's reference manual when looking up medical information.

If nothing else it shows the need for a more up to date book on treatment options.

5-0 out of 5 stars best adhd book for adult men; number 2 for us adult women
I am in my early (okay...mid)40's and was diagnosed about 3 years ago. This was one of the first books I read when I was initially diagnosed (and not yet accepting that I had "it"). This is a well-written comprehensive overview of adult adhd and really helped me to see that my issues were common to other adhd-ers and gain an understanding of the disorder and its symptoms. I was able to accept my diagnosis after reading Out of the Fog.
This is not really a book full of practical advice--for that I recommend both the new book by Nadeau and Kolberg--adhd-friendly strategies to organize your life--and the book by michelle novatny--I cannot recall title but it deals with interpersonal communications and adhd adults and is very helpful.
While I often refer back to Out of the Fog (when I can find under my piles of papers, clothes and chocolate bars) I do think that Sari Solden's book on Women with ADD--is the best book for women--which is why Out of the fog is numero 2 for us girls on my hit parade.

5-0 out of 5 stars Helps clear away the ¿fog¿ surrounding ADD!
Although I personally don't have ADD, I know many people who do (or who I suspect do!), which is why I decided to read this book. Having said that, I found "Out of the Fog" to be very helpful in understanding what is surely one of the most misunderstood, disrespected, scoffed-at, psychological disorders in the world today. Is ADD overdiagnosed? It's possible. Is Ritalin overprescribed? Again, it's possible. Does any of this mean that ADD is any less real or painful for people who suffer from it. Uh...that is DEFINITELY NOT possible. Unfortunately, what all the misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding ADD appears to do is, if anything, just make people who truly DO suffer from it just feel WORSE about themselves (i.e., "I must just be lazy, stupid, crazy" etc.). Then, on top of ADD, the next thing you know the person feels depressed and anxious on top of everything else. Great... Given all this, Kevin R. Murphy has done a service to everyone - ADD and non-ADD alike - by demystifying this neurobiological condition and making it clear that: a) ADD is a REAL thing, not some invention or conspiracy by drug manufacturers and middle school principals; b) ADD has REAL consequences - psychic, economic, social - that shouldn't be brushed off; and c) ADD is not just for kids anymore - it doesn't just disappear when you reach age 18 or 21 or whatever!

"Out of the Fog" is written by someone who clearly is qualified and who knows what he's talking about. This is clearly important, since there is so much disinformation and media hype out there about ADD. The book is well organized (no disorganization -- ADD induced or otherwise -- here!), well written, engaging, and useful, in terms of "demystifying" and diagnosing ADD, treating it (medication combined with counseling and lifestyle changes seems to be the best bet), and lastly "outmaneuvering" it (very important there currently is no "cure" for ADD, only treatments). All in all, I strongly recommend this book to anyone trying to understand or deal with ADD (or someone they know who has ADD).

5-0 out of 5 stars Single best book on Adult ADD
When I suspected I might have ADD, I started reading about it. After I was diagnosed, I read more, and at this point I've either read or skimmed in bookstores most of the more common titles. For me, this is the best single book out there. It is comprehensive, without being ponderous, and the discussion of treatment for ADD, including the pharmacological aspects, is without peer in popular literature. I agree with the reviewer who commented that the layout of the book leaves something to be desired, but don't let that put you off. This book is essential reading for adults who have ADD, or who think they might, or who have friends or family members with ADD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Think you know ADD? Put this in your library!
If you are an adult with ADD, or the parent of a teen with ADD, you need this book. This is where you find that you're not the only one wandering 'in a fog', and ways to get the fog out of your life and enjoy the sun! Few books address the adult ADDer--this does, in a supportive fashion, and gives concrete suggestions on what works, what doesn't, and possible places to get more help. Hand it to the significant other in your life, to explain why they think 'chaos' is your middle name, and how to help you change that! ... Read more


68. Teach Me Language: A Language Manual for children with autism, Asperger's syndrome and related developmental disorders.
by Sabrina Freeman, Sabrina K. Freeman, Sabrina K. Freeman, Lorelei Dake, Isaac Tamir
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Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
Publisher: Skf Books
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for parents and professionals
This manual provides a tremendously useful resource for anyone involved in teaching conversational skills to individuals with language-based disabilities. There are pre-requisite skills a student must have, so this is probably not going to be the first book you start with if the student has few verbal skills. It is, however, the book that you will build up to and use extensively during that "middle" ground on the way to completely fluent conversational and language skills.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book couldn't be more on target!
Teach Me Language really zeros in on the areas of difficulty which our children with Autism and related disorders are up against. As a mother and educational advocate of a son with "high-functioning autism," I was thrilled to find this user-friendly educational tool that helps our kids "fill in the blanks." It provides a wonderful curriculum that can be used in collaboration by teacher/speech pathologist and parent, thereby offering our kids a very solid program. I've found the suggested instruction/therapy schedules (similar to lesson plans) particulary helpful.

5-0 out of 5 stars Teach Me Language
A Real Winner! This book is an excellent resource for parents and therapists who teach language to children with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and other related developmental disorders. Instructional friendly explanations, games, and cards teach language skills used in school and in life. The key feature that I really like about this book is that all information is very visual and structured. This book targets the areas of social language, general and functional knowledge, grammar and syntax, written expression, and academic concepts such as sequencing, problem-solving, time and money. Once a child has some basic vocabulary and can answer simple "what" and "where" questions, this book should be in your hands! Activities in this book are practical with children from kindergarten through the teenage years. ... Read more


69. Babies With Down Syndrome: A New Parent's Guide (The Special-Needs Collection)
by Karen Stray-Gundersen
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Asin: 0933149646
Catlog: Book (1995-10-01)
Publisher: Woodbine House
Sales Rank: 53070
Average Customer Review: 4.55 out of 5 stars
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The book that thousands of new parents and professionals have turned to as their first source of information on Down syndrome.This classic guide provides new parents with straightforward and compassionate advice and insight.It helps families become more confident in their ability to cope, to learn about their child's development, to know where to seek help, and to advocate for their child.This second edition, written by the same knowledgeable parents and professionals who contributed to the first edition, covers these important areas:diagnosis; medical concerns & treatment; coping with your emotions; daily care; family life; early intervention; special education; and legal rights. The satisfying blend of practical information and emotional support make BABIES WITH DOWN SYNDROME the guide new families will want to refer to first. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The first book you should get
In the delivery room when my son Mikey was born, we were told he had Down syndrome. We knew very little about the condition and were confused and frightened about the future. Our son's geneticist gave us a copy of this book and it answered almost all of our questions, including some we never thought to ask. The information in this book relieved many of our fears and showed us how to be the best parents for our son. The book starts with a forward by Ann M. Forts, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Down Syndrome Congress; the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Council; and the President's Committee on Mental Retardation. Ms. Forts also happens to be a person with Down syndrome. Right away, we knew this book was going to be positive! The book starts with a chapter on what is Down syndrome followed by a chapter on adjusting to your new child. Chapter 3 discusses some of the medical issues that are associated with Down syndrome. This is good information to be aware of even if you never need it. The next few chapters discuss taking care of your baby, family life, how your baby will develop, early intervention, and educating the child with Down syndrome. The last chapter covers your legal rights. Every chapter has several pages of short quotes from parents. It helped to lessen the fear and stress to read that other parents are coping. This is by far the best book for the new parent of a child with Down syndrome. Before you read anything else, you will want to read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Babies With Down Syndrome: A New Parents Guide(The Special N
I bought this book a couple of months before my son was born. I began to read it everyday and gained a great amount of wonderful knowledge. This book has helped me with knowing what to expect from my son and what his "special needs" are. I highly recommend this book to any new parent or parent to be of a child with Down Syndrome.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for parents with down syndrome children
We were told, in the delivery room, that our son had down syndrome. That was not what upset us, it was the pediatric specialist telling us all the bad things that "would happen" to our son. We were desperately looking for information on D.S., but nothing was really clear that we saw on line. Our doctor at Child Development had this book so we went to Borders and got it. It is written in a way that makes it easier for someone to understand all the possibilities. Basically, a D.S. child can do anything as long as he/she has the opportunity and support. Our first hurdle was the V.S.D., he had heart surgery at 4 months as he was unable to put on weight or even keep the weight he had gained. He has gained 7 pounds and is 7 months. We play with him all the time in ways to develope his muscle tone and his P.T. says, in one month, he has done a major improvement. We cross each bridge as it comes but we make it fun. We constantly us the book for reference when we have a question or need a clarification, it is always on our kitchen table.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not to be given the day that you give birth
I was handed this book the day that my daughter was born, when the doctor's suspected she had Down Syndrome. This book is informative to all the future obstacles that "may" be faced, but not something to hand to a new mother. I found this book to be very depressing and had to put it out of sight for several months. Even when a typical child is born, we don't know what types of medical issues that are going to be faced with, or the difficulties each family will have due to that child. I feel that this book focuses too much on the negative impact of Down Syndrome and not enough of how much enjoyment and happiness will be brought when each milestone is met. We are not even told that our children will meet all milestones just "possibly" at a slower pace. Babies with Down Syndrome can't be sterotyped, they will all fare differently since their genetics are all different, some smarter than others etc.

4-0 out of 5 stars Babies With Down Syndrome content analysis
This book provides solid content with regard to practical aspects of mind and body needs with babies or young Down syndrome children. The anecdotal parent reflections at the end of each section may be the most valuable of all information in the book, and provide real connections for those of us surprised at our unpreparedness for welcoming a Down syndrome child into our families. Two criticisms/concerns: the book does not in any real way underscore the remarkable spiritual aspects of Down syndrome children, nor does it encourage this fundamentally important aspect of raising these children and growing as a family. This lack of insight does not address the great family stresses that occur--almost unwittingly--in families who need support. The role of the church/synagogue/temple and those communities in supporting families and children cannot be overstated. Secondly, while more families and individuals than ever (according to available statistics) are choosing to (eliminate) Down syndrome children before birth, especially at the behest of the father, the book tacitly supports this insidious practice, meaning that the book tries to support and destroy Down syndrome children at the same time--a subtle but truly bothersome point. Our fourth little girl, Therese Michaela, who has Down syndrome, is no less valuable because she was born than when conceived, and the joy she has begun to bring to our family is not because we're a wonderful family, but because of her inherent worth. ... Read more


70. How to Survive Your Baby's First Year: By Hundreds of Happy Moms & Dads Who Did & Some Things to Avoid From a Few Who Barely Made It (Hundreds of Heads Survival Guides)
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Asin: 0974629227
Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
Publisher: Hundreds of Heads Books
Sales Rank: 38437
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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If you are like most new parents, you probably have a million thoughts racing through your head. Breast-feed or bottle? What are the best diapers? How to handle crying or getting your baby to sleep?Finding answers to these questions is a lot easier thanks toHow to Survive Your Baby’s First Year, the newest title in the Hundreds of Heads survival guide series.

Unlike other parenting books that give only the opinion of one expert, How to Survive Your Baby’s First Year includes words of wisdom from hundreds of parents—both moms and dads, nationwide—who have been-there, done-that. Their sometimes funny and always useful, real-world baby experiences will help new parents face the endless challenges of bringing up a baby.

How to Survive Your Baby’s First Year includes advice on pregnancy, birth, breast-feeding and formula, sleeping, work and family, learning and discipline.

The stories and tips in the book can help reduce the anxiety levels of expecting and new parents by letting them know others have faced similar challenges, and solutions may be just a few pages away. Reading the book is like having a big circle of seasoned parents in one room offering you their hard-earned advice about your toughest baby questions and sharing their favorite parenting moments. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sister loved it!
It got this book for my pregnant sister, and she loved it! Said the stories were hilarious and touching, and the advice from everyday folks was fun and useful.

5-0 out of 5 stars What to Read When You are Reading the "so called" experts
What a pleasant surprise.I was given this book and figured it would be like all the other baby books...i.e. they make you crazy.In the other books some expert tells you how exactly your child will develop and how you should respond.That's not real life.

Every child is different (as is every parent) and that is the strength of this book.The editors have interviewed hundreds of parents who have been through the same new born child experience.They share great and different advice.It is quite frankly a relief to know that there isn't just one way and that other parents share the doubts and experiences that the rest of us do.I highly recommend adding How to Survive Your Baby's First Year to your library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great advice from hundreds of new parents!
I gave this book to a friends who had just had their first child, and, in between changing diapers and feeding, they shared many laughs reading about the experiences of other newbie parents.This is a great gift for expecting mothers - truly great advice but packaged in a fun and highly entertaining style. ... Read more


71. Asperger's: What Does It Mean to Me?
by Catherine Faherty
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Asin: 1885477597
Catlog: Book (2000-04-01)
Publisher: Future Horizons
Sales Rank: 38617
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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A workbook explaining self awareness and life lessons to the youth with high functioning autism or Asperger's Syndrome.

This is the book most requested by parents and teachers. Written by a leading therapist, this book is a must-have for the person with high functioning autism or Asperger's Sydrome. Includes chapters to help explain their world.

Special binding allows for easy photcopying for classroom use. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but ready for the next edition!!!!!
I agree with the reviewer that was frustrated by the constant reference to "Autism" instead of "Asperger's". The fact that the TITLE of the book is "Asperger's" makes it all the more surprising, and difficult for us who purchased it for our AS kids to constantly encounter this term. I also want to warn parents that although this is a great book, it is CLEARLY FOR OLDER KIDS--- LIKE 9/10 YRS AND UP!!!! I purchased this for my 6 year old and it was WAY over his head, even with me trying to explain it. Also, so much of it is set up for the kids to do worksheets, and this just isn't possible until they are older. I have returned it, but am hoping that by the time I want to purchase it again in a couple of years, that the constant references to "AUTISM" will have changed, or the title of the book will have, to "AUTISM, what does it mean to me!!!!" (I am hoping for the former!) Waiting for the next edition......

5-0 out of 5 stars Wish I had found this years ago
My son was only diagnosed with AS three years ago at the age of 10, but we have made much progress in the last three years. We are experiencing difficulties at school and I have been searching for ways to help him. This book has so many ideas and strategies, it's almost hard to know where to start, but I believe we will find what we are looking for in this workbook. What is so wonderful about it that it draws the child in, but provides much more for parents and teachers, also. Don't let the price discourage you, it's well worth it!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent "TEACCHing" Tool
How I wish I had had this book as a child. This is a good teaching tool for helping children with Asperger's understand their "undefined differences," make peace with them and explain them to other people. I like the way the book emphasizes the point that "different" does not necessarily mean stigmatized.

This work does a great service in making efforts to remove the stigma often associated with Asperger's. Although Asperger's is a neurological "difference" that IS on the Autism spectrum, it is not "autism," per se. Many argue the point that it is a form of autism, or a "milder form," but that question remains open. What IS known about Asperger's is that it is INDEED a spectrum condition and that it DOES share some autistic properties. Sadly, "autism" is such a highly charged term that it often eclipses the different challenges people with Asperger's contend with. This book does an admirable job of addressing this issue.

I highly recommend this one for all people whether or not they are on the spectrum. It has good information and paves the way to acceptance.

3-0 out of 5 stars All references are to "autism"
I was disappointed to find that throughout the book, the term "autism" was used, rather than Asperger's. There is some debate as to whether Asperger's is a form of autism. Moreover, I don't use the term "autistic" with my very high-functioning Asperger's child. It may not be fair, but "autistic" has the connotation of someone with a much more severe disability.

Other than that, the book seems great. But I may never use it for the reason above.

5-0 out of 5 stars THIS WORKBOOK IS MORE THAN A MUST! IT IS A NECESSITY.
Catherine Faherty has created a masterpiece using "TEACCH" as an approach to working with "Aspergers" and high end "Autistic" children.

This workbook is a must for parents, and for all teachers in the field of Autism/Aspergers. What makes Catherine's approach so unique is her outstanding ability, using worksheets, to help students with Autism and PDD (Pervasive Developmental
Disorders) increase their communication skills and self-awareness. Participation in activities that were once ignored can be accomplished using Catherine's method.

She begins her book with a dynamic approach to help the student accept herself/himself for exactly the way they are. Many Autistic children have questions related to their disability. Through a carefully structured model, the author is able to guide an Autistic child through a series of discoveries tailored to his or her individual needs.

The "TEACCH" approach begins at the point of the child's current educational requirements. The method does not force the child to learn educational material just because it is required by a specific curriculum. The individual student's immediate needs come first. ASPERGER'S: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? accomplishes its goal.

Catherine Faherty deserves 10 stars for writing a book that truly helps an Autistic/Asperger student develop at his or her correct learning level. Topics such as "How I Learn", Who I Am", "What My Interests Are", "How Can I Deal With My Disability?", are brought to fruition through worksheets, questions, and important information. The author also allows the student to discover there is no shame in being different. A lesson all of us need to "grasp" in today's world.

Whether you are a teacher, a parent of an Autistic child, or an Autistic/Asperger student, this workbook is more than a must...it is a necessity.

Catherine Faherty's book is brilliant!

Steve Horwitz Hart - Autistic Specialist ... Read more


72. Answers to Distraction
by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
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In Driven to Distraction, Drs.Hallowell and Ratey revealed why millions ofadults and children are chronic underachievers, caughtup in persistent problems in school, at work, andat home. The cause is not lack ofself-discipline, but, rather, an inborn neurological condition,Attention Deficit Disorder, orADD.

Answers To Distraction providespractical solutions to the dilemmas of ADD. This"user's guide" to ADD is presented inquestion-and-answer format ideal for even the mostdistractible reader. Each chapter covers a specificaspect of ADD, such as ADD in women, ADD andaggression, ADD and addiction, or ADD and work. Theauthors provide advice for teachers on recognizing ADDand helping students to cope, plus extraordinaryinsights into the relationship difficulties causedby ADD. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The first book to be included in your ADHD library
Dr. Hallowell & Dr. Ratey have written two books that are considered the gold standard of material on the subject of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. This book, and its predescessor Driven To Distraction, share equally in providing the basics about the disorder in children, and adults. The format is easy to read and gives people who are new to understanding the disorder an overview of what it feels like to be ADHD. The chapter on Anger, "The gemlike flame", will take you step by step on how the ADD mind processes an incident that results in frustration and temper outbursts. Only from working with hundreds of people could Hallowell & Ratey detail this information in such an understandable format. In fact, this is the book that allowed me to be diagnosed with ADHD as a 36 year old adult, even though I had been diagnosed "hyperactive" as a young child back in the seventies when it was assumed the disorder went away with the onset of puberty!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Step in the Right Direction
This tape along with it's predecessor Driven To Distraction are must "reads". Like many others that are faced with the fact that they have ADHD or ADD, I too have difficulty getting through an entire book that is so full of information. But this audio version was a savior for me. I am a firm believer in books on tape and these ones helped me learn about myself so fully that it brought tears to my eyes (thankfully I wasn't driving at the time). I have two sons that have been diagnosed with ADD and have made marked improvement in school since we found out and started treating them. But these tapes helped me focus on the fact that I too suffer from the disorder and how it has channelled my life through the years. I would whole heartedly reccommend these tapes for anyone that has an interest in these disorders, from teachers to parents to sufferers like myself. Also the books by Russell A Barkley, he is a VERY thoughtful man that also has tapes available.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great AD/HD Resource
This a great AD/HD resource. The book is written in a very ADD friendly Q & A format. This book will anser many commonly asked AD/HD related questions. Many of the questioned answered are ones that you may have always wanted to know but were afried to ask.

This a great book to add your AD/HD Library.

4-0 out of 5 stars I'll show you my disease if you show me yours! Respond
That made me laugh. I have to ask do you believe in AIDS? Do you believe in cancer? Do you think people in wheel chairs can walk? If so way? Have you had any of them? Do you really know what they are like? How do you know they are real? How because science tells you and that same science also has done brain scans on people with AD/HD and has proven that it is real.

So I know people without ADD can have some traits of ADD like forgetting things, sure some people can be just like that but when you forget your own birthday, always lose your keys etc, never organised, can't concentrate for more then about 2 minutes, never on time for anything, poor sleeping habits, trouble learning what others find easy etc would you like me to go on?

If they sound like normal people to me god help us all.

3-0 out of 5 stars Answers to Review
Please disregard the top statement about ADHD being a medical fad. Obviously, he/she has never gone through a day of having ADHD. If this ADHD thing is such a fad, as he/she claims, then explain why studies have shown that well over 50% of those diagnosed with ADHD report major improvements after medication. ADHD research is not perfect, but it has benefited way too many people in this world to pass it off as just an excuse to sell pills.

I guarantee that the reviewer would not be diagnosed with ADHD, as he/she suggests. Doctors go through a series of questioning, and you will only be diagnosed unless your symptoms go over a certain threshold. You don't just get labeled with ADHD because you're forgetful or sometimes hyper; you have to display a certain level of symptoms. In extreme cases, it's almost impossible to deny: blurting out comments for no apparent reason, complete inability to sit still, etc....

ADHD research is not perfect. But just because it doesn't work for you or your family does not mean it applies to everyone. I'm sorry that your child was misdiagnosed, but a lot of people are diagnosed and helped. But for those who want to find information, I have (and most psychologists I know) recommended "Driven to Distraction". It's pretty much the most basic book you can find on the subject. If you are one of the fairly small percentage of adults who are constantly frustrated by a brain malfunction that makes you feel stupid (even though you know you're not), then please at least do the research. It couldn't hurt you to arm yourself with more information. ... Read more


73. Asperger Syndrome: What Teachers Need to Know
by Matt Winter
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As awareness of Asperger Syndrome (AS) grows, it becomes increasingly important that all professionals are familiar with and understand the condition. However, for teachers it is difficult to quickly access the necessary details for working with AS children. This book bridges this gap and is the ideal foundation for learning about AS and how to get the best from an AS child. Providing a summary of the syndrome and covering all the key issues that concern teachers (e.g. social skills, homework, playground behavior), Matt Winter offers tips and practical ideas that are invaluable for anyone working within a school environment. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great practical ideas without all the complex medical terms
I recently purchased this book and it is a wonderful recource. It explains all of the medical terms that come with an AS diagnosis. Very easy to understand and great ideas. It can be read in a short amount of time and is not only great for teachers but for parents and family members wishing to learn more about AS and how to help an AS person better understand social situations. I highly recommend this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic First Step
I am a teacher and like most teachers have little time on my hands. This book provided an excellent introduction to Asperger Syndrome for me. It was small enough to be manageable and easily read, yet large enough to contain loads of practical suggestions.

The author writes in a very concise manner getting straight down to business rather than dragging out subjects just to fill the page. He also manages to really "get inside" the head of a child with Asperger Syndrome and allow the reader to see where the child is coming from.

I keep this book in my top draw so I can flick through and refer to it regularly. I highly recommend it as a great starting point for any teacher or educator. In fact, it is a great first resource for any person who will be spending time looking after a child with Asperger Syndrome. Buy it for yourself or give it out to those who need to know more. ... Read more


74. Activity Schedules for Children With Autism: Teaching Independent Behavior (Topics in Autism)
by Lynn E., Ph.D McClannahan, Patricia J., Ph.D Krantz
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Activity schedules-simple, yet revolutionary teaching tools-enable children with autism to accomplish activities with greatly reduced adult supervision.

An activity schedule is a set of pictures or words that cues a child to follow a sequence of activities.When activity schedules are mastered, children are more self-directed and purposeful in their home, school, and leisure activities-doing puzzles, interacting with classmates, and preparing food with minimal assistance from adults. In Activity Schedules for Children with Autism, parents and professionals find detailed instructions and examples to help them: assess a child's readiness to use activity schedules; prepare an activity schedule; understand graduated guidance; monitor progress; expand social skills; and progress to written schedules.

Based on a decade of research conducted at the Princeton Child Development Institute, Activity Schedules for Children with Autism offers a proven teaching tool to help children with autism make effective use of unstructured time, handle changes in routine with more ease, and choose among an established set of activities independently.It can be used successfully with young children, adolescents, and adults, rewarding them with more control over their lives. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Appropriate goals.
The goal of raising any child is to guide them into independance, and though many autistic children will never reach complete independance, it remains an important goal. Independance is an important factor in self-esteem and is essential for entering any portion of adult life. I was consistantly frustrated with therapy manuals which required my complete and undivided attention at all times. I'm under no delusion that I will be forever available to my autistic son, and it would be nice for me to feel that he could get up and at least dress himself at some point without my verbally prompting him.

The clear instructions and logical directives in "Activity Schedules for Children with Autism" place it on my 'highly recommended' list. While not a book I would recommend for a parent whose child has been newly diagnosed, I certainly recommend it to those parents with other therapeutic programs already in place. The activity schedules are very easily integrated into existing therapies and school environments, greatly boosting their success. I've also implimented an advanced version of activity schedules, verbally explained, with my five-year-old typical daughter - as a result the morning 'dilly-dallies' and afternoon 'hum-drums' have all but disappeared.

I would recommend that existing image programs be used whenever possible, only to cut down on the time it takes to prepare the schedules. I use Flash! Pro2, which can be found online, though there are many other graphic programs that could be used as well. (As a webmaster I've found that many of the 'web-ready' image collections contained pictures that were appropriate for this program as well as ABA and DTT programs.)

All-in-all, excellent book, flexible program, expertly explained.

2-0 out of 5 stars 'This show stinks.'- Tony Kornheiser
I read this book and became annoyed on two points. The authors incorporate and instruct in using PECS, TEACCH and ABA components throughout the book--yet fail to mention these highly useful and universally known interventions by name. This smells pretty arrogant, considering that originators of and recognized experts in these fields are alive, well---and also Ph.Ds. Two: They malign discrete trial teaching in a businesslike tone, with no proof to back their statement. Their stance: DTT does not build give and take conversation skills. However, I could not find anything in this book indicating their concept had mastered this issue either. Their supposed 'initiated interactions' are still scripted; human interaction has been replaced by reliance on the continuing existence of a picture or word to prompt a response in the form of taking action. So, it's still a duck.

The authors also make some big mental leaps from 'because' to 'therefore', in the later chapters. Perhaps they know that many parents want to believe there is something out there JUST THAT EASY, but these implied leaps of faith left me slightly offended. You know about the bridge for sale, right?

But wait, the concept does have merit, and could be a godsend for some kids and families. I am inclined to incorporate some of the concept into our own home program for dealing with my son's downtime pacing, but I think my endgoal will be for him to INITIATE a conversation with me starting with, "Mom, what can I do?"

If the authors do write a followup to this 1999 version, it would be mighty respectful of their readers and their professional peers to play it straight and help parents learn to use ABA, TEACCH and PECS concepts correctly so as to incorporate Activity Schedules effectively into their children's lives.

We have enough to worry about without wondering if we are being bamboozled. ;-)

5-0 out of 5 stars Give your child with autism skills for independence!
This program could be adapted to work successfully for just about anyone - in fact, most of the adults I know (including myself) could benefit from some of these simple ideas. This concept is especially beneficial for helping someone who has autism develop better generalization skills.

This book will teach you how to make schedules that your child can complete on their own. Schedules that will eventually prepare them for a life in the future where they can mangage their own schedule using a regular day planner or other "socially appropriate system. The books says "As a parent of a child with autism, you have learned many coping skills that help you deal with the demands of everyday life. Teaching your child to use an activity schedule initially increases those demands, but ultimately creates some freedom for you." It does take a little work to set up the schedules at first, but it does create freedom for you and for your child - and that is a great benefit!

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5-0 out of 5 stars Activity Schedules for Children with Autsim
This book is a "must have" for parents and professionals who work with children with autism. Activity schedules not only enable autistic children to independently play, but also to independently engage in self-care,school, and prevocational tasks. This book describes the prerequisite skills children must have to use activity schedules, methods for teaching these skills, and provides step by step instruction on teaching the use of activity schedules. Examples of how people of various ages use activity schedules to structure play, school, and work tasks are included.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing for high functioning verbal kids
Though my youngster could talk, he rarely spoke spontaneously. This book helped enormously in getting my youngster to begin using all kinds of speech...he now comments on his work, invites me to play with him, tells me what he is going to do...its amazing! The structure of the activity schedule facilitated all of this new spontaneous speech. Its hard work but well worth the effort ... Read more


75. The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened With Autism
by Patricia Stacey
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Any parent who has suspected something was off with their baby will empathize with the first chapters of The Boy Who Loved Windows, which recounts the familiar tale of medical practitioners refusing to run tests or offer diagnoses. You'll empathize even more when it turns out that mom (and author) Patricia Stacey was right: young Walker is autistic. It's partially the empathy that makes this such a compelling read. Some chapters are devoted to Walker's life at home; others mix his development with medical details. The facts are wrenching: an estimated 1 in 500 people has some level of autism, causes are unclear, and the expectation for a cure is microscopic. But midway through the book, the family meets up with Dr. Stanley Greenspan (The Child With Special Needs), who introduces new techniques that spread rapidly to Walker's assorted therapists. Progress begins, if at a glacial pace. Stacey lets readers into her emotional process over the years she details; her anger, frustration, and concern over the rest of her family and her wild joy at some seemingly minor events provide a roller coaster in contrast to the more methodical research explanation. As a complement to more direct parenting books on autism or simply as a fascinating look at the early development of an atypical child, this book makes good on the promise of its intriguing title. --Jill Lightner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Welcome New Voice in Literary Nonfiction
I inhaled this book in two days. Patricia Stacey's breathtaking style, as she relates gripping family drama one minute and ponders the philosophical intricacies of the mind-body connection the next, weaves together the strands of raw gold that form her story, gold that might have emerged heavy and tarnished in the hands of a lesser writer. Like another reviewer, I recommend it to anyone who loves a child, who is interested in developmental psychology, to the many parents who struggle for the confidence to raise their children according to their own instincts in the face of a society that relentlessly questions them--but more than anything else, this is a book for anyone who is interested in reading about the mysteries that are the human condition. For in telling us her story, Pat illuminates all stories, especially family stories. An avid reader, much of what I read comes and goes; this book will stay with me and I am grateful Pat has written it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Boy Who Loved Windows
The Boy Who Loved Windows: Opening the Heart and Mind of a Child Threatened With Autism by Patricia Stacey is a wonderfully rich, poignant book that is compelling and beautifully written. As a clinician working with children and families on the autistic spectrum I have come to know and work with many children and their families. This book gives a clear picture describing the components that make up the autism spectrum and gives hope to all of those who are diagnosed.

Ms. Stacey describes what happened with her own son and family in beautiful prose while giving clear, practical information on how to help and work with all children. We need to follow their lead, encourage them to be engaged with us and help them to grow using the developmental model. The method that Ms. Stacey chose to use with her son (Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship Based) helped him to engage, attend and enjoy relationships and the world around him.

I find that this book is many things. It is mostly about possibility for change and growth. When a child is diagnosed with having an autism spectrum disorder it affects the whole family system. The hopelessness and despair that parents feel upon having their fears confirmed can be, and often is devastating. In many areas of the country older intervention methods are relied upon and people are not aware that newer methodologies exist-let alone work. Ms. Stacey gives her readers many gifts in her book. She gives clear information on Sensory Integration, Autism Spectrum Disorders, courage and hope.

This book is a must read for parents, family, friends and professionals. Whether you know someone on the spectrum or not, you will gain a new level of understanding on what it is like to live the life of a parent of a child with autism, what a child with autism means to the family and community and that there are wonderful new interventions available to help the child (or adult) to change and grow in a positive way.

Ms. Stacey's book is not about shunning the autism community or those on the autism spectrum. Stanley Greenspan, M.D., puts it beautifully when he talks about working with those with communication and learning disorders-"redefining potential". It is about giving hope and help and that there is potential for each child on the spectrum-and that each of us can do better, can climb the developmental ladder and be more comfortable within ourselves, in the world and with one another. This is the message that comes through in the book and it is an amazing gift to readers.

3-0 out of 5 stars buyer beware
Readers of this book please keep in mind this is from a parents perspective. There is no "cure" for autism. Therapies do offer children ways to cope. There are many statements in this book which are not accurate so consult with your doctor or autism specailist.

5-0 out of 5 stars Book Deserves Ten Stars!!!
The Boy Who Loved Windows engages the reader at every level - as a personal memoir, a family chronicle, a medical narrative, and a philosophical meditation. Like a master photographer, Patricia Stacey moves confidently among these genres, zooming in until we feel ourselves inhabiting the same space as Walker and his family, then pulling back to give a panoramic view of the medical research and philosophical questions underpinning the diagnosis and treatment of autism. Stacey's "voice" rings with such clarity, curiosity and compassion that it brings to mind the wonderful work of Oliver Sacks, the renown neurologist, professor, and author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and An Anthropologist on Mars. Like Sacks, Stacey honors what is unique to each individual while extracting what is universal about all of us. By so vividly imagining herself inside Walker's autistic body and mind, she enlarges our understanding of what being human is essentially about. No matter what disease, disorder, defect or disability may befall us - early in life or later on - we all strive for greater self-awareness even as we reach out to the world around us.

If you approach this book with an expansive mind, it will reward you with fresh insights and intuitive leaps. In my case, I was struck by the author's description of Greenspan's presentation of floor time as a "philosophy of moments." This is the essence of the practice of mindfulness - being open to an awareness of the moment. It occurred to me that floor time is to a child with autism spectrum disorder what the practice of mindfulness is to an adult with an acutely sensitive nervous system. Whether child or adult, many individuals have nervous systems that often cause them to feel overwhelmed by the world and stymied on their path to self-discovery. For them, the practice of mindfulness leads to a relaxed state of attentiveness to both the inner world of thoughts and feelings and the outer world of actions and perceptions. Like floor time, mindful engagement not only increases connection with words and objects, but also increases connection with people. Along with a focus on moments, the themes of joyful learning and empathy building are prominent in both floor time and mindfulness. Stacey puts it beautifully when she writes that floor time is "about two things, about building tolerance and about building humanity."

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who has come to understand him/herself (or a family member) as having a highly sensitive nervous system. Whether you've come to this realization through an experience with autism spectrum disorder, developmental language disorder (like dyslexia), attention deficit disorder, or affective spectrum disorder (like migraine, obsessive-compulsive or panic disorder), this book will enlarge your understanding of that experience. As Stacey observes near the end of the book, our culture has long neglected the development of highly individualized nervous systems. Through the introduction of floor time, she writes, Greenspan has taught us "that playing to the nervous system of a loved one is a matter of being mindful and watchful."

There is no known cure or quick fix for autism or any of the other spectrum disorders that have a significant sensory processing dysfunction. Contrary to what a previous reviewer writes, Stacey never claims there is cure for autism. A close reading of the book shows clearly that Stacey herself questions the use of the word "cure" in relation to autism as she struggles to better understand what differentiates autism "that is treatable from autism that isn't." Through her extensive social science research and her deep philosophical questioning, Stacey tries to bring some clarity to the medical nomenclature of diagnosis and treatment and she courageously approaches the essential mind/body problem that continues to divide psychologists and philosophers around the nature of Self and Other; Perception and Language; and Emotions, Behavior, and Cognition. What Stacey conveys so beautifully in the telling of Walker's story is stunningly simple and resoundingly true - we all want to feel at home in the world.

5-0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Story, Beautifully Told
From the moment I started this book I couldn't put it down. Patricia Stacey writes with exquisite detail, honesty and humor about the desperate journey she and her family began upon the birth of her son Walker. As I read of her race to uncover what was at the root of Walker's diffficulties, and to help him connect with her and the world at large, I too felt panic, chaos, exhilaration and hope. The book does an extraordinary job of making sensory integration understandable, and provides great detail about the specific therapies, especially Floortime, that enabled Walker to blossom. But this book is not only for parents of children with autism, or clinicians. Ms. Stacey puts beautiful words to larger thoughts and questions about how we all connect to each other that will linger long after finishing the book. ... Read more


76. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment, Second Edition
by Russell A. Barkley
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Catlog: Book (1998-07-03)
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Updating and expanding Russell Barkley's acclaimed Handbook, this new second edition incorporates the latest findings on the nature, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As in the previous edition, Dr. Barkley includes contributions from other leading scientist-practitioners, who report on their respective areas of expertise. Readers will find current, practical information on nearly every aspect of the disorder. In-depth assessment and treatment guidelines are supported by updated outcomes documentation, and three new chapters focus specifically on adults.

Practitioners wishing to implement the assessment and treatment recommendations delineated in this edition are advised to purchase the companion Workbook, which contains a full set of forms, questionnaires, and handouts, in a large-size format, with permission to photocopy.

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5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Text on ADHD
The first edition of "Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder : A Handbook for Diagnosis and Treatment" was generally considered a must-read for all Clinical Child Psychologists and other practitioners who worked or planned to work with children with behavior disorders. The second edition is even better, as it should be. This edition clarifies how we have learned much about ADHD in the past decade. The book's coverage of relevant literature, findings, and data-based theories and treatments makes it one of the very best books on ADHD available on the market. I recommend it to all who plan to work with behavior-disordered children. Also, this text should be in most public libraries to allow parents the opportunity to read accurate writings about ADHD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Assessing Co-Morbid Emotional Factors
Dr. Barkley has contributed an extremely beneficial companion to his handbook for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. The rating forms are very useful for the clinician assessing ADHD and comorbid features. Dr. Barkley's discussion offers extremely helpful guidelines for assessment and treatment of ADHD and various emotional-behavioral issues which may accompany or mimic ADHD. This volume is a must for any practicing health or educational professional involved in the assessment and treatment of ADHD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Innovative reference text for study, review and treatment
I found this text to be a most useful resource for ADHD from a bio-psychosocial point of view. It included an exhaustive literature review of studies, of both children and adults, with ADHD. I also appreciated the discussions on cause/ effect relationships. I highly recommend this text for Physicians and Psychologists/Therapists working together and being on the same page with patients suffering from and living with ADHD. ... Read more


77. SOULS:BENEATH & BEYOND AUTISM
by SharonRosenbloom, ThomasBalsamo, Thomas Balsamo, Sharon Rosenbloom
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This project is committed to portraying autism and, more profoundly, individuals with autism, from the inside out. Through the media of photography and writing, this book hopes to educate and inspire by breaking apart stereotypes associated with autism while showing vividly that love is omnipotent in our trials and triumphs. It is the ultimate lesson, weapon and savior as we struggle to understand and overcome life’s challenges each day.The writing describes a journey, taking readers through hope, despair, pain and resurrection. It touches on the collective human experience of suffering and redemption while showing a pathway to a profoundly higher ground of understanding and acceptance. The story is written from a collective heart, formed by countless intimate exchanges with families struggling and triumphing, again and again as they live and love in the autistic world. The greater purpose, beyond the story of autism, is the universal message that from the depths of darkness, often we find the greatest enlightenment. The autistic individual is a beautiful metaphor for this belief. In a culture that bombards with messages that perfection is the key to happiness, the autistic individuals and their families dare to challenge this notion while drawing others to look beneath and beyond the superficial. With startling beauty, the images prove what in words alone might be denied: that beneath and beyond autism there is a reality often missed: a will, a soul, an identity that achieves the full measure of its creation; to connect with others in ways not seen or appreciated by surface observation. This combination of narrative and image becomes a powerful parable that reaches and teaches far beyond autism itself, touching on spiritual truths often lost in the cultural mainstream. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Universal truths
This book was enchanting! The text contained universal truths that resonate with anyone living with a handicapped child, not just a child with autism. When we look for the godliness in others, we immeasurably enrich our lives. In fact, the truths learned and promoted can be applied to everyone: that each child is imbued with dignity and that each of us reflects God. Bravo!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This book is fabulous! I would love to carry a copy around to distribute to all people who ask me, "What is autism?" The book explains autism by focusing on the wonderful person, rather than the "label." It answers questions based on how wonderful each individual person is and not how they are "different" from everyone else.

My favorite part was when it talked about relationships and how each relationship is to be treasured. I teach four wonderful, dynamic, and fabulous individuals who enlighten my life daily. I feel fortunate to be able to call each of them my friend.

The references to the "victory dances" was also another favorite part. We call them "Happy dances" at my school. Walk by the classroom and you are sure to see a teacher or student happy dancing all around!

The most important thing that I took away from the book is a comforted feeling that there are more people out in the world like the dedicated teachers at my school. It is sometimes a hard struggle to educate the world about autism and it is comforting to know there are people all around who believe in how wonderful our kids are. To those of you on behalf of my four guys and all those lifes that have been touched by you, thank you for all that you do. I don't have to say, "keep up the good work", because we all know that there is nothing that we would not do to help our friends out.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
This insightful book reaches beyond the silence of autistic children in an attempt to make people realize that beneath the autism is a TRUE SOUL. Beyond the silences are the emotions we as parents KNOW are there. The photographs and essays touch us and validates all that we know exists in our children. The book speaks from a common heart with an insightfulness that is moving. Many families will relate to the emotion evoked by this powerful book as it mirrors our own experiences, not in the details, but in the love and fear the diagnosis can bring and the JOY of each success. This book is a wonderful, touching, and powerful part of our "library"! It will reach anyone whose life has been touched by the love of an autistic child!

2-0 out of 5 stars Outside-in parental catharsis
First of all, this book claims to be a view of autism from the inside out. Given that there are no quotes by autistic people in the book, and no photographs by autistic people, this strains credibility. It is very much an outside-in look at autism, and very parent-oriented. It is filled with excellent black-and-white photographs of autistic children and occasionally what looks like an adult (although it only says "children"), with quotations across from them in fancy layouts.

Probably the two best things about this book are the photography and the fact that it deliberately bursts some stereotypes. The black-and-white photographs of autistic people are very well-done. The quotations and the photographs alike blast apart myths like the one that autistic people cannot express love.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of bad things about this book. I cannot easily forgive the fact that it claims to give an inside-out view when it is nothing of the sort -- although it seems to be trying to do the same thing as a photography project by autistic people that I've seen, that truly *is* an inside-out view and much less grim about how horrible autism is, even if it depicts people of similar levels of ability as the children in the book. The other thing is that grimness. The book uses a lot of negative emotional language to describe autism, words that make autism into a nightmarish melodrama. It compares autism to death. I may be autistic, I even may have 'regressed', but I'm the furthest thing from dead that I've seen in a long time.

While I suspect that many parents may perceive autism that way, I don't like this in a book called "Souls: Beneath and Beyond Autism". If you're going to try to show the souls of people like me, it's better to do it right. You don't compare us to dead people, for starters, and you don't use a lot of language that evokes brokenness and despair. It is true that autistic people can be beautiful to a deep level beyond physical appearance, but this is not something as easily separated from autism as the title implies. It makes it sound like you have to look past autism to see these things, which seems to me to be a prejudice of neurotypicals -- that they think they have to look away from autism to see certain good things in a person, when autistic people can often look at each other, autism and all, and see the good without having to emphasize a distance from autism. We also don't normally have to make up for an overly dramatic negative view of ourselves by turning around at the end and portraying ourselves as teachers sent from God. These are things non-autistic people have to do in order to deal with *their* feelings about us. It says nothing about us itself.

I do believe that this book could be very cathartic for parents, and I don't want to discount the work that went into it. But I don't especially enjoy the way it portrayed people like me, and the way in which it claimed to look "beneath autism". In the end, it was mainly, from this autistic person's point of view anyway, a study on the evolution of prejudice, from negative to positive, in the contributors. I am sure they love their children, but that does not mean I like this portrayal. I am glad I am old enough and communicative enough at this age to avoid my photograph being placed in this collection. I will save it, if anything, for some day in the future when there will be a similar book by autistic people, in which our own words about ourselves will be there.

5-0 out of 5 stars Puts to words exactly how I feel.
This beautifully written book puts into words the feelings that I have trouble expressing. I am the mother of a precious 7 year old boy who is autistic. My tears flowed freely as I sat and read each thought in this book. How could someone I don't even know capture the feelings that I have? I would recommend this book for parents of autistic children as well as their friends and relatives. It expresses our emotions, dreams and realities. ... Read more


78. ADHD Book: Living Right Now!
by Martin L. Kutscher
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Asin: 0974013900
Catlog: Book (2003-05)
Publisher: Neurology Press
Sales Rank: 249386
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Empathic, responsible, readable, and extremely useful information for families and teachers about ADHD.The book focuses on over-reactions, impulse control, easy frustration, time management, and organizational problems as key aspects of ADHD.Dr. Kutscher writes with a clear and compelling style in an easy to follow format. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you, Dr. Kutscher!!
An excellent, concise, no-nonsense, inspirational book. Superb as both resource and guide to help us do just what we want to: LIVE RIGHT NOW! Thank you very much indeed, Dr. Kutscher.

5-0 out of 5 stars ADHD Book: Living Right Now!
I only wish this book was available for me when my daughter was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome back when she was 12. By the time ADHD was diagnosed she was 19 and we had gone through many years of disruption and blame. I will recommend this book to family and friends.

Carol Goldberg Maeder, Mother

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
This book is easy to understand for the layman or professional. It addresses everyday problems and how to deal with them by a doctor who is not only intelligent, but compassionate.

5-0 out of 5 stars A great resource!
This is an excellent book on ADHD. It is informative, comprehensive and easy to understand. A must have for those with ADHD and their families! Teachers will also find this book a valuable resource. It provides many different types of therapies for parents and teachers to use when dealing with someone who has ADHD. Dr. Martin Kutscher gives those without ADHD insight into the world of those living with ADHD.

5-0 out of 5 stars essential for all who work with kids
this book on ADHD is an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, clergy, administrators, camp directors, scouting leaders...all who work with kids and need coping strategies to help the kids (and themselves) succeed. ... Read more


79. Ghost Girl: The True Story of a Child in Peril and the Teacher Who Saved Her
by Torey Hayden
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Asin: 038071681X
Catlog: Book (1992-05-01)
Publisher: Avon
Sales Rank: 40024
Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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Jadie never spoke. She never laughed, or cried, or uttered any sound. Despite efforts to reach her, Jadie remained locked in her own troubled world--until one remarkable teacher persuaded her to break her self-imposed silence. Nothing in all of Torey Hayden's experience could have prepared her for the shock of what Jadie told her--a story too horrendous for Torey's professional colleagues to acknowledge. Yet a little girl was living in a nightmare, and Torey Hayden responded in the only way she knew how--with courage, compassion, and dedication--demonstrating once again the tremendous power of love and the relilience of the human spirit.

 

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5-0 out of 5 stars More intriging than any work of fiction!
If the book wasn't listed as non-fiction, I never would have guessed that anything so tragic could happen to a young child!

The book centers around Torey, the author, a special ed teacher and her new class. One of the children, Jadie, is an elective mute something that Torey by coincidence specializes in. After Jadie is convinced to begin speaking to Torey, the child begins to act strangely and divulge even stranger things. Her world is deep and very, very dark , indicating abuse of some kind.

Torey also gives insight into the problems of the other classmates. Their plights are deeply touching.

We are lucky to have teachers like Torey in the world. People who are so drawn to helping children.

5-0 out of 5 stars A gripping, chilling account of a child in peril
This is my first time reading a book by Tori L. Hayden, and i'm impressed with her ability to captivate the reader and expose one to the realm of emotionally disturbed children. This heart-wrenching story about an elective mute, Jadie, who was abused and maybe even involved in satanic rituals is truly one that chills and haunts you even days after reading the book. It is difficult to believe that anything so horrendous and unspeakable could happen to a child as innocent and young as Jadie. However, Tori's dedication and compassion is impressive and her ability to bring children back to the real world really strikes a keynote in each and every one of our hearts. However, I was stuck in the lurch with the ending, and I hope that an absolution or at least a better conclusion that could sum up the book could be included.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing page-turner!!
In this story, a former teacher leaves her job as a psych to teach the special ed kids. One girl, Jadie, doesnt talk in school. When the teacher finally gets her talking though the things she says make you almost wish she didnt start talking. Its a gripping page-turner, i couldnt put the book down! its one of my favorites!

5-0 out of 5 stars Ghost Girl by Torey Hayden
Few books have touched my life as much as this one. Most people don't want to deal with the truly aweful circumstances life deals some people. It's easier to just pretend that the world is as we want it to be. Torey Hayden was willing to stand next to this child through a truly terrible situation, even at the expense of her own professional judgement being questioned.

Reading this book will bring insight into the difference a caring adult can make in the life of a troubled child.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must reed for future educators
As a future member of the special education team, I picked up this book of my own accord with no real expectations. I come from a background where i've seen both sides of the special education system and have seen many teachers fail with children like Jadie. Ms. Hayden proves to be an incredible example and roll model for current and future special educators. In her work with elective mutes she had the courage to break away from the beaten path. She had the patience to work with the most difficult children. This book is a wonderful example of the difference one individual can make in the life of another. Sure we may see some horror seens along the way, but it is increasingly rewarding each time even slight improvements can be made for a child. Hayden's work may seem disturbing to some readers, and it's true. She deals with some very heated topics in her novel. But it's important for the reader to remember that the issues discussed in Ghost Girl happen, weather we like to admit it or not. Hayden's gift of writing helps the reader see into her classroom and feel the emotions right along with her.
Now a special education graduate student and teaching assistant, this book along with Hayden's "One Child" have made their way onto the required reading list for my Intro to Special Education course. A must read for any current or future member of the special education team. ... Read more


80. A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive
by Sally Ozonoff, Geraldine Dawson, James McPartland
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Asin: 1572305312
Catlog: Book (2002-06-20)
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Sales Rank: 17705
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected earlier and more accurately today than ever before. Children and teens with these disorders often stand out for their precocious intelligence and language abilities--yet profound social difficulties can limit every aspect of their lives. This hopeful, compassionate guide shows parents how to work with their child's unique impairments and capabilities to help him or her learn to engage more fully with the world and live as self-sufficiently as possible. From leading experts in the field, the book is packed with practical ideas for helping children relate more comfortably to peers,learn the rules of appropriate behavior, and participate more fully in school and family life. It also explains what scientists currently know about autistic spectrum disorders and how they are diagnosed and treated. Real-life success stories, problem-solving ideas, and matter-of-fact advice on everything from educational placements to career planning make this an indispensable reference that families will turn to again and again.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read!
My husband picked this book up at the speech therapists office shortly after our son was finaly diagnosed with Aspergers. It has lots of helpful answers and resources.
A must-read if you are looking for guidance or answers to questions about ASD. Very hard to find at the library or on the shelf, but really glad we did!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dr. Ozonofff is one of the Best - A really good book.
I like this book. I am and adult with AS with an adult child on the spectrum. I'm sorry to say that this book is mainly about kids and teens with AS, but it does have some good points that are helpful to adults. If you are interested in parenting, this is a good book. I also highly recommend Karen Zelan's book "Between our world and theirs"

I have met Dr. Ozonoff, she get's big points from me for being a really nice person.

I really appreciate her working to break down the artificial barrier between the AS and HFA labels.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book.
I have a son with AS in his third year at a major University in the Northeast. If you are reading this....you will love this book. Very informative, helpful, and very reassuring. I wish that I had found it years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars An intelligent thorough review of many options
There is a research thrust to this book (unsurprising given Ozonoff's research contributuons) that puts it a few notches above others in the market. Unquestionably this, plus a very fluent writing style, puts the book in a different class.

Unlike specific intervention texts, it does not lay out particular lesson plans but reviews methodological principles and best practices. As one would expect from the authors, the book is superb on descriptions of Autistic Disorders and prognosis. It has less advice on specific intervention strategies than one might like, but it does offer reviews of approaches.

So what does this book offer over the many others on the same bookshelf? Well it's horses for courses. It's avery balanaced book and certainly it doesn't understate the difficulties. I think that professionals and researchers will get a more out of it than others. However, there just isn't a whole pile written on AS and adolescence. Hence parents with a research interest will also gain a lot. Ultimately it is a slightly more 'high brow' book than notional equivalents. I have certainly found myself going back to it rather than the others over the past few months.

5-0 out of 5 stars a MUST-HAVE for any family with AS!!!
This book sets the stage for years to come by exploring the progress that has recently been made in Asperger's syndrome analysis and understanding. It is a postive analysis of AS from all sides--the professional(cut and dried definations, explained simply and thuroughly), to the positive manner to encourage and work with "aspies" (those with Asperger's Syndrome) of all ages. This book also covers factually and with sympathy and sensitivity topics such as adolescense, adult-hood, and dating, as well as the usual preschool and elementary age recommendations.

The positive suggestions offered in this book will be inspirational and educational for parents, and should be shared with those in the schools, colleges, and even the employment fields--in other words to anyone dealing with an "aspie". The reader will have many positve ideas to try, as well as an increased understanding of AS. Since AS is increasing at alarming rates, it would be an excellent book for anyone in Special Education to read this book. ... Read more


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