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Road To Independence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    The Book to Read to Help Children with Autism

    This is one of the best books on autism independence training skills I have ever read. It has worked wonders for our son with autism. The potty training method also worked for our niece who does not have autism. Its great for parents and educators as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2005

    Very Comphrehensive & Thoughtful

    This book is full of tips that are easy to understand and follow. It also has a lot of helpful examples of correspondence that the author used to interact with her autistic son's schools and administrators. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2004

    A Reader Who Was An Eye-Witness

    I was named the child¿s Godfather long before Brenda and Doug were informed of the diagnosis and prognosis that Brenda thought would devastate their, until then, perfect world. At their wedding, and frequently around before and after the birth of their first child, JR; the completion of Brenda¿s studies in Special Education, and as Doug, an engineer, completing his MBA Degree, moved up quickly in a fortune 500 company he joined after completing his tour in the US Army, I have been an eye witness to the events described in the book. After being informed during a telephone call shortly after Alex¿s autism diagnosis, and realizing how distraught she was, after some discussion, I attempted to comfort Brenda by saying to `get over it¿ and that everything would be okay, that it might even be a blessing, and that she would get a chance to use the college degree in her chosen course of study. Wrong response. After about a year our fences were mended, and I started to notice odd little stick figures and pictures of activities in the bathroom and about the house during visits. Their full significance was not revealed to me until I purchased and read her book. Knowing where she was emotionally when she, almost apologetically, informed his Godfather of Alex¿s diagnosis, and now to read her book, I am fascinated with Brenda¿s self motivated growth and development to meet the challenge. I have observed Alex¿s development, and the growth of the family, over the twelve years since his birth. Until reading her book, her journal of activities that paved the path to a family that, upon my visits, behaved fairly normally. Yes, it was obvious that Alex, during his younger years, had not progressed as JR, his older brother, in that he often played by himself and didn¿t talk as easily as other kids his age. Certainly, it was obvious that Brenda and Doug used a great deal of care in interacting with Alex and in teaching him how to ask for things he wanted and to interact with others. Until reading her book, I didn¿t appreciate the care and techniques that were necessary to get Alex to the point where he easily attended to good bathroom habits, non-disruptive playing, and a child who was very good at using the computer and TV video to play games, who could play unattended, and take the school bus to school. I have watched him put together the smaller to the 300 and 500 piece puzzles as described in the book. I have more recently watched him jump, with great abandon, into and swim with great fun in their backyard swimming pool; and have bowled with him and his dad at the local amusement center. Happily, the book is not a theoretical treatise on coping with and the adapting of the behavior of a family in order to adjust to the unfortunate experience of a special needs child. Additionally, it is much more than a hands-on guide on how to facilitate the development of a child with special needs to independence. However, this alone would justify the writing and distribution of the book. The book, amazingly, deals holistically with the whole environment of the child, which includes family, the community, the education system, and healthcare professional, in a way that involves and improves the lives of all included. The book, well balanced and easily read; it both tells a warm and interesting story, and is an easily followed how-to book. It is filled with hands-on how-to examples and illustrations. Most of which, obviously, are practicable for any young developing child. Many of which I have seen in various places about their house and in various states of application during visits over the years. Some of which, without knowing their results as manifested in Alex¿s behavior, I would be somewhat skeptical of their possible effectiveness. However, having gone out with the family and observed his disruptive behavior in restaurants and at other outings when Alex was very young, and seeing his orderliness and patience now dur

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2004

    Road to Independence: Independence Skills Training for Special Needs Children

    This book is one of the best that I have read. Makes sense easy to read and great tips. Parents with special needs children, Buy this book you will love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2004

    Road to Independence: Independence Skills Training for Special Needs Children

    Excellent resource guide to help us parents figure out to help our little ones master basic social skills and potty training. Also offers good tips on behavior management skills training.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2004

    A must read for all parents

    This is the best book I have read on potty training. I especially liked the chapters on behavior. great tips easy and fun to read. Mrs Batts is a great writer.

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