October 7, 2014

Book Chat: Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

As a mother of a child with autism, I read a LOT of autism books. Which can be both great and extremely overwhelming. It's great to have all that knowledge available but it can be too much at times when you really don't know what applies to your child and what does not. 

This book, "Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew" by Ellen Notbohm, was a good one for me at this time in my life. I know at this point what applies to my son, and what doesn't. I tagged about 10 pages that helped with my current mission. 

This book was great in helping me with some of the technical jargon that I needed to bring up at our latest IEP meeting. I don't have an advocate this year, nor do I feel I need one at this time, so I did some research and reading to prepare myself for where my son is at now. This book for sure helped me!

I also feel like it's a great read for the dads, grandparents, siblings, and teachers out there who have autistic kids in their families or classrooms. It will help to understand  some of the personality traits and make it easier to interact with autistic kids in general. At minimum it helps you understand what they are going through in their minds and bodies which is so much different then what goes on with neuro-typical kids. 

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With 1 in every 68 children currently being diagnosed with autism (2014 stats), I'm sure you know or have a kid that is autistic. Pick up a book about autism, read it, and get an understanding about what other families, friends, and maybe even your own kids are going through.

I'd say this one is great for parents who know where their kids are at on the spectrum. My son is six so he can also tell me what applies (and since I spend everyday with him I know what applies).
If you are just beginning your autism journey, it can be a bit overwhelming as not everything applies to everyone. Even so, I'm very glad I read this book and my husband is currently reading it too!

Have you read this book? Do you have any autism book recommendations for me?  

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