Parents & Carers Holiday Reading Recommendations

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Holiday Reading – I love personal accounts by people with Autism Spectrum. They provide a wealth of insights, understanding and strategies that helped make a difference for them.

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Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome

| by Brenda Boyd | 325 astute and practical ideas, insights, tips and strategies address the complex issues parents face during this crucial period of transition for their child with ASD. The practical, bite-size suggestions focus on the vital importance of developing and nurturing an open and healthy relationship with your son or daughter. The easy-to-navigate format will suit busy parents wanting to locate advice to suit their particular needs. All the suggestions are designed to foster understanding and acceptance between family members and help the ASD young person with common problem areas such as social vulnerability and peer relationships, self-esteem, anxiety and coping with change.

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Parenting without Panic

| by Brenda Dater | Filled with the voices of other parents in the same situation, the book covers everything from the first steps to take after diagnosis, to advocacy and disclosure, behaviour, building independence and resilience, making friends, holidays and vacations, homework, supporting siblings, how to garner support from extended family and friends, and how parents can look after their own well-being. This book extends the vital lifeline of a support group to parents of children and teens on the autism spectrum everywhere.

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What I Wish I'd Known About Raising a Child with Autism

| by Bobbi Sheahan & Kathy Deornellas | A mother and a psychologist offer heartfelt guidance for the first five years. From the moment you realise your kid is different, to the self-righteous mums on the playgroup, to holding your marriage together in the realm of routines. They candidly tackle ASD issues such as picky eating, bedtime battles, potty training, speech delays, discipline, early intervention, sibling rivalry and much more.


| by Jennifer Cook OÕToole | An insiderÕs guide to loving, understanding and teaching children with Asperger Syndrome. If is full of effective and fun ways of engaging with children with Asperger Syndrome. Affirming that different doesnÕt mean defective, this book offers the insight and guidance that parents, educators, and other professionals need to connect with the Asperkids in their life and get them excited about learning.

Organize Your ADD/ADHD Child

| by Cheryl R Cater | This book addresses the issues of organisation and time management in relation to ADD/ADHD, suggesting practical ways of organising your child’s day and turning chaos into calm. Accommodating short attention spans and short fuses, Cheryl Carter shows how, by using the F.I.R.S.T method (Fun, Individualism, Rules, Simplicity and Time management), even the most hyperactive and easily distracted of children can be taught to make their bed, pack their school bag, and generally get organised! The author recognises that children hate anything that is boring, and finds fun ways around even the most mundane of tasks. Her no-nonsense, step-by-step strategies, in combination with positive affirmations and realistic demands, will get ADD/ADHD children organised, and from A to B without a hitch.

ADHD Homework Challenges Transformed!

| by Harriet Hope Green | This is a book filled with inspiring methods to motivate children with ADHD at homework time. Common techniques such as enforcing restrictions and rigid timing techniques can stifle the joy of learning. This book focuses on empowering and enabling the child, acknowledges the characteristics of ADHD and engages the positive side of these traits. Encouraging movement and creativity, the chapters are brimming with great ideas such as scavenger hunts, singing spelling games and jumping math quizzes that hold the child’s attention and make learning fun.

Parenting ASD Teens: A Guide to Making it Up As You Go

By Andrew Schlegelmilch - The author draws on his experience working at a high school for teens with autism to provide savvy advice to parents coping with the difficulties that arise when their child hits the troublesome teenage years. Discussion includes setting realistic expectations, encouraging independence, and helping teens cope with mental health issues.

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Holiday Reading – I love personal accounts by people with Autism Spectrum. They provide a wealth of insights, understanding and strategies that helped make a difference for them.