Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Resources for World Autism Awareness Month


April is World Autism Awareness Month. Recent research indicates a significant increase in autism in the United States with 1 in 88 children diagnosed with autism. What follows are books published by HarperCollins Publishers which are excellent resources for teachers interacting with their autistic students:

When Karen Siff Exkorn's son Jake was diagnosed with autism, she struggled to pull together comprehensive information about the disorder. Fortunately, she was able to educate herself quickly, and her extensive at-home treatment of her son led to his amazing full recovery. But the journey wasn't easy, and in The Autism Sourcebook Siff Exkorn offers the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning.
With an emotionally resonant combination of memoir and literature, Wordsworth scholar Priscilla Gilman recounts in The Anti-Romantic Child the challenges of raising a son with hyperlexia, a developmental disorder neurologically counterpoint to dyslexia. Using Wordsworth's poetry as a touchstone, she speaks intimately of her poignant journey through crisis and disenchantment to a place of peace and resilience.

Karl Taro Greenfeld knew from an early age that his little brother, Noah, was not like other children. He was unable to communicate verbally or tie his shoes, and despite his angelic demeanor was prone to violent outbursts. No doctor, social worker, or specialist could pinpoint what was wrong with Noah beyond a general diagnosis: autism. Boy Alone is Karl Taro Greenfeld's unforgettable memoir of growing up in Noah's shadow, revealing the complex mix of rage, confusion, and love that defined the author's childhood—a beautiful, haunting, and wholly original exploration of what it means to be a family, a brother, a person.

When you have a child that doesn't fit in, what do you do? Debra Ginsberg knew that her son, Blaze, was unique from the moment he was born. Raising Blaze chronicles Debra's experience in raising a child who has defied definition by the host of professionals who have sought to label his differences, and the redemptive power of faith, humour and love.

Asperger Syndrome and Your Child is an informative, empathetic, and comprehensive guide to this elusive condition, which answers the most common questions and offers an encouraging outlook for the child dealing with this condition. Dr. Michael D. Powers weaves together a compassionate account of everything related to Asperger Syndrome, offering such practical advice from getting the right diagnosis to helping a child develop social skills. Infused with voices of real children who offer insights about their own conditions, the book gives perspective on how children live with the disorder.

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