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
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.
The German software company, SAP, is currently recruiting adults with autism. SAP is the third largest independent software supplier in the world which was founded in 1972 by five entrepreneurs. Currently, SAP has a pilot program in its India office where six people with autism work as software testers. The program will expand sometime this year to Germany, Canada, and the United States, with its North American headquarters in Newtown Square, PA.
A Danish company that helps people with autism find employment with IT companies, Specialisterne, is partnering with SAP to recruit candidates. According to SAP’s spokesman, Jim Dever, the benefits of hiring adults with autism go both ways. People are looking for jobs and some people with autism are highly intelligent and detail-oriented making them a good fit for roles like software testing, programming, and data management. Their abilities can help to bring new ideas to the table, an advantage from an employer’s point-of-view.
In 1985, after two decades of running and then owning 20,000-head cattle feedlots in Kansas and Oklahoma, Lee Bowen sold everything and moved his family to Omaha. The youngest of his five kids, 18-month-old Katy, was deaf—she’d had meningitis—and Bowen wanted to get her into the Boys Town National Research Hospital program on childhood hearing loss.
So the family pulled up stakes,planning to live off the proceeds of the sale of Bowen’s business and focus on taking care of Katy. At 47, Bowen was tired of the cattle business. He was looking for a gig that would surprise him. “I wanted to do something that I would enjoy, that would be fun and had no debt and no overhead,” he says.
Minneapolis has a center that is experimenting with iPods and using them to assist kids with Asperger’s syndrome, bringing hope to both the kids and their parents.
One of the features of persons who have Asperger’s syndrome is a struggle with social skills, one’s that seem to come naturally to others. At the center, Sue Pederson is aware of some teenage boys who have trouble with making conversation; they might not know what to talk about, or having started talking, they do not know when to stop.
Sue, a psychologist, and her colleagues at the Fraser Child & Family Center in Minneapolis found a new way to reach students. That way was through the use of iPods that play music and videos in order to teach them how to interact. The iPods may have begun as a form of entertainment, but Sue says the technology turned into an unexpected plus for children and teenagers with special needs. iPods can be packed with the forms of information that these kids need to get through their day. Even though the center is still experimenting with the use of iPods in this way, Sue says, “I think it’s going to spread like wildfire.” Continue reading "iPods Help Kids with Asperger’s Syndrome"→
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