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

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Elizabeth Verdick, Elizabeth Reeve

  • The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

240 pages
Age Range: 8 to 13
2012
ISBN: 9781575423852

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 is 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 behaviours and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, and resources. Sections for parents offer additional information.

"Gosh, but I did love this book! The authors did an excellent job writing in an easy-to-understand style for spectrum kids while addressing core issues about the disorder and how to live with it and through it."
- Veronica Zysk, coauthor of 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s

"I found the success stories, solutions, and strategies to be uplifting. This book will give kids and parents reason for hope."
- Kimberly Klein, Ph.D., pediatric neuropsychologist with Fraser Child and Family Center

"Filled with useful, accessible advice; appealingly colorful, and jauntily illustrated, The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders should be one of the first books a family buys after a diagnosis. I wish it had been around when my own son was the right age for it, but I’m glad it’s here now; it will be invaluable to so many children and their families."
- Claire LaZebnik, coauthor of Overcoming Autism and Growing Up on the Spectrum