This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically. Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get "stuck" on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing ("stims"). The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance. Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions ("What’s an ASD?" "Why me?") and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information.
About the Author
Elizabeth Verdick has been writing books since 1997, the year her daughter was born. Her two children, now ages 14 and 10, are the inspiration for nearly everything she writes. In this survival guide, she writes from the perspective of a mother with a son on the spectrum and a passionate advocate for kids and parents in the autism community. She is the author of books in several Free Spirit series including Toddler Tools™, Best Behavior™, Laugh & Learn™, and Adding Assets for Kids. Elizabeth lives with her family and five pets near St. Paul, Minnesota.
Elizabeth Reeve, M.D., contributes not only her medical knowledge, but also her experiences as a mother of a son who has autism. Her clinical work focuses primarily on children and adults with developmental disabilities, and she has worked with many community organizations providing services to this population. In addition to her research and patient care, she is involved in teaching on a daily basis, regularly speaks in the community to educate others in the field of developmental disabilities, and stays up-to-date on this ever-changing field. Her recent endeavors focus on transition issues for young adults with ASDs as they enter college and the work force. She currently works in St. Paul and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
Introduction for Kids
Introduction for Adults
Part 1 (A Look into Autism Spectrum Disorders)
Chapter 1: What Is an ASD?
Chapter 2: Symptoms of ASDs
Chapter 3: ASDs and the Senses
Chapter 4: Well-Known People with ASDs
Chapter 5: The “Big” Questions
Chapter 6: Think About It, Talk About It
Chapter 7: Your Team of Helpers
Chapter 8: Is There Medicine for ASDs?
Part 2 (Home, School, Community)
Chapter 9: Family Matters
Chapter 10: Have Fun!
Chapter 11: Good Communication
Chapter 12: Making Conversation
Chapter 13: Social Skills Survival Kit
Chapter 14: Making and Keeping Friends
Chapter 15: School Success
Part 3 (Body and Brain Basics)
Chapter 16: Move Your Body
Chapter 17: Feed Your Body
Chapter 18: Keeping It Clean (with Hygiene)
Chapter 19: Learning to Relax
Chapter 20: Sleep . . . Zzzzzzz
Chapter 21: Toilet Time
Chapter 22: How to Handle Hard-to-Handle Feelings
Chapter 23: “Stims”
A Final Word
A Message for Parents
Sharing the Diagnosis with Your Child
Where to Go for More Information
About the Authors