The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)

July 22, 2018 - Comment

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

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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.

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Jeff says:

Depends on the child it is purchased for… My son was diagnosed in late elementary school with high functioning ASD, and we were hoping for a way to help him understand the disorder. With that goal in mind, I think the value of this product really rests with the child it is being used for. Much of the information was interesting and well-organized, and the strategies and explanations it offers could possibly be quite effective for some kids. As the title implies, this book is geared primarily towards the child himself, and much of this information is fairly standard knowledge for a parent who has been through the full diagnostic process for ASD. However, I can see how some caregivers would also benefit from the ideas about how to help their children recognize specific peer social cues, to convey the importance of self-care and to implement some of these coping strategies. Overall, though, I felt this would be more helpful for an Asperger’s or ASD child who has a somewhat better awareness that he/she is different, feels…

Erika says:

Good Book for Boys on the Spectrum and Kids in Regular School Overall, I really liked this book. It’s hard to find good books about kids with Autism. My complaints with it are that it focuses mainly on boys and on school situations. I realize that there’s a reason for that (with more boys diagnosed and kids spending the majority of their days in school) – however, I have a daughter on the spectrum and she’s homeschooled – so a lot of the situations were not the kind that my daughter encounters on a regular basis. Also, there was an emphasis on sensory seeking behavior – and my daughter is a sensory avoider, so that confused her. I feel like this is a really hard topic to write a book about, since Autism expresses so differently in different people. I would really love a book about girls on the spectrum especially. It’s very hard for my daughter to find peers she can relate to…and this book sort of reinforced that, unfortunately. The book also focuses a lot on Autism as a disorder and a “problem” – and also (like another…

B-Zmom says:

Highly recommend! This book is really for high functioning kids BUT with that said, I have read it myself to see if I can understand it myself before giving it to my son. I highly recommend this book. So much information and broken down in a way the child with ASD and Parents can understand. I’m huge on not having my son be treated any differently but I also KNOW he requires a little different approach. I cant wait to share this with him and also tell my family to purchase it as well as they too cannot fully understand what ASD means for him.

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