The best way to start the week: spreading a little kindness.
When Oregon resident Jacob Fry lost his driver’s license, he was a little surprised to find it in his mailbox after he figured it was gone forever. And now thanks to a small act of kindness from Steven Cruthirds, an 11-year-old boy with autism, Fry has a new friend.
There are a ton of groups out there today who are in support of finding ways to help individuals with disabilities, and they’re working hard to make sure their voices are heard. From finding ways of detecting Autism in children as early as possible, to raising awareness, it doesn’t seem possible for there to be a negative way to support Autism. One group is stirring a bit of a rift in the community for their questionable methods of supporting Autism. You may have heard of them, especially if you or someone you are close to has a developmental disability. Recognized as a major nonprofit in both the national and international Autism advocacy community, Autism Speaks is an organization that many believe to be an important player when it comes to Autism awareness.
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“Do I work, or do I make this world a better place?”
According to Israel “Izzy” Paskowitz, he’s on this planet to help take children with Autism out surfing. Founder of Surfers Healing, Izzy Paskowitz is a former pro surfer. He first began surfing in 1969 when his father took him out for the first time. He calls it the “kick off” into surfing, when he began surfing with his seven brothers and one sister. Then he began pro surfing all around the world. Traveling as a pro surfer was definitely unique experience Paskowitz, who had dreamed about this his entire life, especially when given the opportunity to meet guys who were the legend of surfing.
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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.
When Temple Grandin was born in 1947, Autism had only just barely been named. Today, however, every one in 88 children is diagnosed somewhere on the spectrum.
Autism has moved from being study in just psychology, to neurology and genetics, and the groundbreaking research today has brought about changes in causes and treatments. In The Autistic Brain, Temple Grandin talks about the forefront of autism science, and brings in her unique perspective in the world of Autism.
“From the “aspies” in Silicon Valley to the five-year-old without language, Grandin understands the true meaning of the word spectrum. The Autistic Brain is essential reading from the most respected and beloved voices in the field.”
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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