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The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders
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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 Behaviour™, 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 organisations 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 endeavours 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.

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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."

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"An excellent resource, and it's also a survival guide for parents!"--Mary Stefanski, parent of a son with autism "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 "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" "With so many children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, numerous new advice books are becoming available. This is one of the more useful ones . . . It explains in clear language strategies children can train themselves to employ to improve functioning in the neurotypical world and why these might be useful. Generally useful and easily readable . . . with lots of practical advice, especially appropriate for grade-schoolers and their caregivers."--"Kirkus" Just because a child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) does not mean that they cannot make friends, succeed in school, or foster a special talent like musicianship or athleticism. With that sentiment in mind, this book is designed to be a resource for the entire "team of helpers" rooting for every child trying to reach their full potential, including parents, teachers, friends, and support staff. The overarching tone is one of openness, making no social or physical facet of ASD taboo. Real problems are answered with real solutions shared by kids. Verdick and Reeve offer dual perspectives as both parents of autistic children and medical professionals in the field of developmental disabilities. Interesting anecdotes and cartoon illustrations are presented alongside invaluable tools such as behavior charts and body-language cheat sheets. No two children are the same, whether they have been diagnosed with ASD or not, and the authors lay a strong foundation in giving kids the ultimate skill of self-advocacy.--"Booklist" Verdick and Reeve's guide manages to skillfully balance on the edge between information-heavy academic books and too-simplistic books for young children. They have produced an informative, practical guide for late elementary and middle school students that neither talks down to them nor floats above their heads. The book is meant to be read as needed, "come back to the book during times when the child is asking questions, facing changes... reaching a milestone," says the introduction to parents. The volume's layout is as important as its content, using color and font not as distractions, but to emphasize key phrases and ideas. The layout also uses color and shapes to good effect in pointing out many experiences of other children on the Autism Syndrome Disorder Spectrum, and their individual solutions to specific problems. Verdick is the mother of a child with ASD and an activist in the field. Reeve is also the mother of an ASD child, and is a doctor who specializes in the field. Between the two of them, their experience leads them to emphasize the individuality of each child, while not allowing them to bury their heads in the sand, dismissing symptoms as unique quirks. From conversation to cleanliness, from making friends to fashion, this book shows concrete examples from real children's lives, provides tips for everyday use, and most of all, encourages children with ASD to work with their team of helpers (parents, teachers, doctors, friends) to take advantage of all that is out there to be happy and fulfilled.--"VOYA" "With a kid-friendly format featuring brightly colored text and cartoon drawings, "The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)" is a well-organized, go-to resource packed with solid information and advice for kids and adults." -- "Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal" ""The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism" has a kid-friendly format featuring brightly colored text and cartoon drawings. Nick Kobyluch's entertaining illustrations are perfect for the tweens and teens who will be sharing this book, preferably with an adult who can answer questions as they read along."--Special Needs Book Review 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" With so many children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, numerous new advice books are becoming available. This is one of the more useful ones . . . It explains in clear language strategies children can train themselves to employ to improve functioning in the neurotypical world and why these might be useful. Generally useful and easily readable . . . with lots of practical advice, especially appropriate for grade-schoolers and their caregivers. Kirkus" This book is designed to be a resource for the entire team of helpers rooting for every child trying to reach [his or her] full potential, including parents, teachers, friends, and support staff. The overarching tone is one of openness, making no social or physical facet of ASD taboo. Real problems are answered with real solutions shared by kids. Interesting anecdotes and cartoon illustrations are presented alongside invaluable tools . . . [T]he authors lay a strong foundation in giving kids the ultimate skill of self-advocacy. Booklist" A treasured resource for families looking for help in successfully working through some of the problems faced by higher-functioning children with ASD. Buy two copies; one is sure to get worn out with use. School Library Journal" Pick it up for its emphasis on self-acceptance and its A-to-Z nature. Scholastic Parent & Child " Verdick and Reeve s guide manages to skillfully balance on the edge between information-heavy academic books and too-simplistic books for young children. They have produced an informative, practical guide for late elementary and middle school students that neither talks down to them nor floats above their heads. VOYA" Finally, a book that relates to kids on the spectrum because it incorporates actual stories from their lives in their own words! I loved the format, readability, and the content . . . [a] big thumbs up to [the] authors for tackling a tough subject and giving voice to the very group it impacts kids with autism. Louise Sattler, school psychologist, contributor to Education.com" With a kid-friendly format featuring brightly colored text and cartoon drawings, The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) is a well-organized, go-to resource packed with solid information and advice for kids and adults. Curriculum Connections, School Library Journal" Pick it up for its emphasis on self-acceptance and its A-to-Z nature. "Scholastic Parent & Child" " Finally, a book that relates to kids on the spectrum because it incorporates actual stories from their lives in their own words! I loved the format, readability, and the content . . . [a] big thumbs up to [the] authors for tackling a tough subject and giving voice to the very group it impacts kids with autism. Louise Sattler, school psychologist, contributor to Education.com" "Finally, a book that relates to kids on the spectrum because it incorporates actual stories from their lives in their own words! I loved the format, readability, and the content . . . [a] big thumbs up to [the] authors for tackling a tough subject and giving voice to the very group it impacts--kids with autism."--Louise Sattler, school psychologist, contributor to Education.com Verdick and Reeve, both mothers of children with autism spectrum disorder, are direct, truthful, and effective in their delivery, and they use their own experiences to inform readers about how to deal with the vagaries of life with ASD. They open with a brief introduction first to children and then to the adults who should be reading with them. In the first section, the authors give instructive background information but they do not go into too many details, keeping the text actively moving forward. Subsequent sections offer a ton of advice: what to do at school, at home, with siblings, about eating habits, and, of course, the vitally important chapter on "poop" and "pee." Throughout the book, the authors include examples of real children with real problems and their attempts at coming up with solutions. One difference between this book and many other self-help titles is that these children do not always solve their problems; sometimes at the end of the example, they still don't like trying new foods, or they still have to work hard to make themselves try something new. The youngsters who are profiled represent multiple races and both genders. The format is colorful, with primary colors playing a large role in the layout of each page. This volume could become a treasured resource for families looking for help in successfully working through some of the problems faced by higher-functioning children with ASD. Buy two copies; one is sure to get worn out with use.-" School Library Journal"

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