Mr. Incredible: A Story About Autism, Overcoming Challenging Behavior, and a Family's Fight for Special Education Rights

Mr. Incredible: A Story About Autism, Overcoming Challenging Behavior, and a Family's Fight for Special Education Rights

by Jeff Krukar, Katie Gutierrez, James G. Balestrieri
     
 

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Based on dozens of intensive interviews with parents, clinical psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and more, Mr. Incredible is the fictional story of Adam, a boy diagnosed with autistic disorder. On Adam�s first birthday, his mother recognizes that something is different about him: he recoils from the touch of his family, preferring to…  See more details below

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Based on dozens of intensive interviews with parents, clinical psychologists, teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, and more, Mr. Incredible is the fictional story of Adam, a boy diagnosed with autistic disorder. On Adam�s first birthday, his mother recognizes that something is different about him: he recoils from the touch of his family, preferring to accept physical contact only in the cool water of the family�s pool. As Adam gets older, he avoids eye contact, is largely nonverbal, and has very specific ways of getting through the day; when those habits are disrupted, intense meltdowns and self-harmful behavior follow. From seeking a diagnosis to advocating for special education services, from keeping Adam safe to discovering his strengths, his family becomes his biggest champion. The journey to realizing Adam�s potential isn�t easy, but with hope, love, and the right tools and teammates�they find that Adam truly is Mr. Incredible. This book is part of the ORP Library series of disabilities books.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016755663
Publisher:
RTC Publishing
Publication date:
04/28/2013
Series:
The ORP Library , #5
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
222
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey D. Krukar, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist with more than 20 years of experience working with children and families in community based group homes, vocational rehabilitation services, residential treatment, juvenile corrections, public schools, and private practice. He earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology, with a school psychology specialization and psychology minor, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. As the psychologist at Genesee Lake School in Oconomowoc, WI, Dr. Krukar believes it takes a village to raise a child�to strengthen developmental foundations in relating, communicating, and thinking�so they can successfully return to their families and communities.

Katie Gutierrez: In every form, story is transformative, and Katie is proud to spend her days immersed in it as executive editor for Round Table Companies (RTC). Since 2007, Katie has edited more than 50 books and co-written seven�including four of the ORP Library of Books. She has been humbled by the stories she has heard and hopes these books will help guide families on their often-lonely journeys, connecting them with resources and support. She also hopes they will give the general population a glimpse into the Herculean jobs taken on so fiercely by parents, doctors, therapists, educators, and others who live with, work with, and love children with disabilities. Katie holds a BA in English and philosophy from Southwestern University and an MFA in fiction from Texas State.

James G. Balestrieri is the CEO of Oconomowoc Residential Programs, Inc. (ORP). He has worked in the human services field for 40 years. Jim graduated from Marquette University with a B.S. in Business Administration (1977) and a Master�s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing (1988). He is also a Certified Public Accountant (Wisconsin�1982). Jim has a passion for creatively addressing the needs of those with impairments by managing the inherent stress among funding, programming, and profitability. He believes that those with a disability enjoy rights and protections that were created by the hard-fought efforts of those who came before them; that the Civil Rights movement is not just for minority groups; and that people with disabilities have a right to find their place in the world and to achieve their maximum potential as individuals. For more information, see www.orp.com.

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