Anything But Typical tells the story of Jason Blake, a 12-year-old boy living in a ‘neurotypical’ world. Diagnosed with autism at a young age, Jason has struggled socially to fit in with the other students in his classes.
From the beginning of the book, he captures your attention with his words, with his story as he puts it.
When it comes to writing, Jason is a whiz, and the words come out easily. Online he posts most of his fiction on a website called Storyboard. There he comes across a girl named PhoenixBird, who he quickly becomes good friends with. But when faced with the opportunity to meet Rebecca, PhoenixBird’s real name, he is faced with thinking of who she will see first. Will she see the autism, or who Jason really is? If you’d like to fall in love with this cast of wonderfully developed characters, check out Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin.
Book #17: The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs
When magazine editor Denise Brodey’s four-year-old son Toby was diagnosed with a combination of sensory integration dysfunction and childhood depression, her life was flipped around. Trying to make sense of her new, occasionally hectic, life has been hard, but she’s found comfort with parents just like her. The ones who have the same chaotic life as her share how they cope on the hard days, and embrace the amazing days that come with raising a child with special needs. You’ll find solace and community in The Elephant in the Playroom.
Did you love the last Chicken Soup for the Soul, #9 on our 30 days-30 special needs books list? Well, luckily for you, book #14 is another classic Chicken Soup for the Soul. 101 Inspiration Stories for Parents of Children with
Autism and Asperger’s, like other Chicken Soup for the Soul stories, these will provide comfort, encouragement, and hope for parents of children with Autism and Asperger’s. Some stories might bring back old memories, and others might remind you of the serious times, or the fun times or raising a child with special needs. These stories are about the real struggles that families with special needs individuals face, and it comes highly recommended
Book #13 in our 30 Days-30 Books is definitely a must read.
Temple Grandin has long been known as one of the world’s most accomplished adults with autism. Recently named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of the year, she shares with us how she managed to breach the boundaries of autism in order to function in the outside world. Her story, Thinking in Pictures tells of her experience as an scientist and an autistic person. Sometimes it’s not necessary for language to create thought, as Grandin demonstrates.
Easy to read, entertaining, and informative, this is one book you do not want to pass up.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a brother or sister of someone with special needs? They might not be the first person who comes to mind, but in book #12 of our 30 days-30 special needs books, we follow one character who gives you a look at her life.
For 12-year-old Catherine, her family’s life primarily revolves around her brother’s disability. She hopes for new friends, and for her brother David, who has autism, she wants to teach him the rules like “to keep his pants on while in public.” While she cares for her brother, she is also embarrassed by his behavior. As Catherine makes new friends with Jason, a nonverbal paraplegic, and Kristi, her new next door neighbor, she learns a few new things as well. She realizes that sometimes there is no such thing as normal.
Humorous and heartwarming, this book is perfect for you or any young child you know who experiences a life just like Catherine’s.
Looking for some inspiration or maybe just struggling? Filled with commonsense advice, and a seemingly endless guide, you might just find just what you need in our 11th book, on our list of 30 days-30 books.
Ellen Notbohm, who also wrote Ten Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew, teams up with Veronica Zysk to take the words “No, I can’t” out of your vocabulary. They have 1001 great ideas to help you find a new way to help teach and raise children with Autism or Asperger’s, and to help change that no, to “Yes, I can”. This book is a treasure trove of ideas waiting to be used, so why not try some out? You won’t be running out of ideas any time soon.
We’re up to book #8 in our 30 Day-30 Book list!
1. I am a whole child. 2. My senses are out of sync
3. Distinguish between won’t and can’t
4. I am a concrete thinker, I interpret language literally
5. Listen to all the ways I’m trying to communicate
6. Picture this! I am visually orientated
7. Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do
8. Help me with social interactions
9. Identify what triggers my meltdowns
10. Love me unconditionally.
In this insightful novel, Ellen Notbohm reminds us that there is more to learn, and more to hear from our children than we might not realize at first. The book, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew tells of ten “things” that help you understand how Autism works, from the experiences of a young mother and her child. With ten different topics for you to discuss with your child on the spectrum, this book is a must for every parent.
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We’ve been sharing books that we’ve heard would be a great read for you. Here’s book #7, of our 30 days-30 special needs books!
The Reason I Jump, written by Naoiki Higashida, tells the story that many parents wish they could hear. This is a one-of-a-kind memoir that shows just how an autistic mind thinks and feels, and the reviews agree. Family members and parents of individuals with Autism will finally get to learn about the quirks and why their kids might do the things they do and not from some scientific research, but from the writings of Naoiki Higashida.
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