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1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Lifesaver for Parents and Professionals Who Interact Children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

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In a snappy, can-do format, 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders offers page after page of try-it-now solutions that have worked for thousands of children grappling with social, sensory, behavioral, and self-care issues, plus many more.


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In a snappy, can-do format, 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders offers page after page of try-it-now solutions that have worked for thousands of children grappling with social, sensory, behavioral, and self-care issues, plus many more.

30 review for 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Lifesaver for Parents and Professionals Who Interact Children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    My son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism (HFA) earlier this year. We knew there were things about him that were different, but we didn't realize how much we were going to have to change our parenting and expectations. Shortly after my son's diagnosis, my mom and I found this book almost by accident. We flipped to a random page and there was a recommendation for one of many issues my son struggles with. We took it as a sign, and I bought the book. This book was an excellent reference, and My son was diagnosed with high-functioning autism (HFA) earlier this year. We knew there were things about him that were different, but we didn't realize how much we were going to have to change our parenting and expectations. Shortly after my son's diagnosis, my mom and I found this book almost by accident. We flipped to a random page and there was a recommendation for one of many issues my son struggles with. We took it as a sign, and I bought the book. This book was an excellent reference, and while I'm glad I read it all in one go, I was often overwhelmed. I kept thinking I had to do ALL the activities and make ALL the changes ALL at once. I frequently had to remind myself that autism is a spectrum disorder and that my son is relatively high-fuctioning, so not all the suggestions were needed, nor would they all be good for him right now. I also had to remind myself that even for necessary changes, doing them as I could would likely be enough. The chapters on daily living and on teachers and learners (particularly within the school setting) were most helpful to me and had lots of ideas I can begin using now. I was quite put off by parts of the chapter on behavior, which I should probably reread on a day that was going better than the one on which I read it. This quote in particular made me put the book down for several days: "Honor behavior as an attempt to communicate in the only way they know how at that moment. Believe, truly believe, if they could access their words or act upon your direction or exhibit the self-control you seek, they would." I dislike the attitude I sometimes encounter that all special needs kids (regardless of situation, disorder, or disease) are without guile, fault, or negative traits. Don't neurotypical kids sometimes do things just to drive their parents or teachers crazy, or just because they feel like it, not because their sensory input is out of whack? Why would my HFA kid be any different. But I do understand what the authors were saying, that not every inappropriate behavior is rebellion, that there is often an deeper underlying cause than what is immediately apparent. One of my greatest challenges with my son is figuring out that sometimes very fine line between "won't" and "can't." All in all, I'm really glad I bought the book. I'll be referring to it often, especially as my son's therapy progresses and as he enters the public school system in years to come.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    I think everyone should read this book so that they can understand the struggles that parents and children face. It has great ideas for teaching children with these conditions but a lot of the tips apply to people who deal with a child who has ADD or ADHD or just doesn't have the desire to learn. It's a big book but it doesn't take as long to read it as you would think. I think everyone should read this book so that they can understand the struggles that parents and children face. It has great ideas for teaching children with these conditions but a lot of the tips apply to people who deal with a child who has ADD or ADHD or just doesn't have the desire to learn. It's a big book but it doesn't take as long to read it as you would think.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    A useful reference book for parents of children on the autism spectrum, or for those who work with children on the spectrum. The main chapters cover: Sensory Integration, Communication and Language, Behavior, Daily Living, Thinking Social Being Social, Teachers and Learners. There is also 29 page Index at the back of the book, with entries for everything from Toileting and Toilets, Nonverbal Communication, Nonverbal Prompts, Accommodations, Anger, Anxiety, Behavior, Changes, Comprehension, Emoti A useful reference book for parents of children on the autism spectrum, or for those who work with children on the spectrum. The main chapters cover: Sensory Integration, Communication and Language, Behavior, Daily Living, Thinking Social Being Social, Teachers and Learners. There is also 29 page Index at the back of the book, with entries for everything from Toileting and Toilets, Nonverbal Communication, Nonverbal Prompts, Accommodations, Anger, Anxiety, Behavior, Changes, Comprehension, Emotions, Motivation, Movement, Newness, Noise, Sensory Overload, Speech, Stress, Therapy, Time, Waiting, Walking, etc. Also entries for things like Aggression, Agitation, Clapping Hands, Cringing, Crying, Cursing, De-escalation Techniques, Head Banging, Masturbation, Meltdown Response Plans, Refusal, Reinforcement, Scab Picking, etc.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Gleidis

    Excellent book. Delivers exactly what promises, a thousand ideas and strategies to care for, teach and help children with autism. And it does a wonderful job at covering both the parental area as the academic one, so whether you are a lost parent looking for guidance or a desperate teacher in need of education on the subject, this book will be a life saver, and an extremely well documented point of reference to which you will find yourself coming back to more often than not.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Huda Fel

    An enormous number of practical ideas for you to use with your autistic child. I was so amazed by their simplicity and efficiency, and I found the part related to the child's sensory experiences the most attracting. An enormous number of practical ideas for you to use with your autistic child. I was so amazed by their simplicity and efficiency, and I found the part related to the child's sensory experiences the most attracting.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Flowers

    I read this when I worked with young children with ASDs. I recommended it to many parents because it was easy to understand and had practical techniques for anyone who educates, lives with, or works with ASD.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    Amazing book! I plan to purchase a copy soon to keep on hand. Everyone with a child on the autism spectrum in their life should have this book handy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mimi Lala

    Great book! Activities that can be done with the children. Also part of my collection. Great resource.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karla Winick-Ford

    As a teacher I have used this resource for years as children arrive with unique needs- it’s very useful not only to teachers but to families as well. I’ve shared with parents who have reported positive attitudes toward the suggestions as well. It is a long book, more for the money I think. It’s complete. I especially liked the quick ideas

  10. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    It was alright. I like Ellen Notbohm's smaller book (2005) much more so than this one that she compiled with Veronica Zysk. I found this a bit overwhelming and unrealistic at times, when thinking about the suggestions provided. It was alright. I like Ellen Notbohm's smaller book (2005) much more so than this one that she compiled with Veronica Zysk. I found this a bit overwhelming and unrealistic at times, when thinking about the suggestions provided.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Info I already knew and available everywhere. Extremely generic info

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie Rylie

    I was in need of a more theoretical book... or at least a bit of both and the theory is lacking.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    A must have for families dealing with Autism.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Good comprehensive collection of ideas well-suited to teachers, teachers' aides, and parents new to an autism diagnosis. Seasoned parents skimming through will find some useful tips too. Pages 76-78 contain a list of recommended wordless picture books. There was one red flag for me on page 63 - "Don't let [the child] get away with substituting random thoughts for comprehensible conversation, at any age". At a very young age, babbling randomly is the way most children learn to talk, and they certai Good comprehensive collection of ideas well-suited to teachers, teachers' aides, and parents new to an autism diagnosis. Seasoned parents skimming through will find some useful tips too. Pages 76-78 contain a list of recommended wordless picture books. There was one red flag for me on page 63 - "Don't let [the child] get away with substituting random thoughts for comprehensible conversation, at any age". At a very young age, babbling randomly is the way most children learn to talk, and they certainly shouldn't be stopped from doing that. Perhaps it could be worded "Don't let a child who is speaking in full sentences get away with substituting random thoughts..." Best to sensitively reinterpret what the child said to make it more relevant to the context, even so.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I thought the first five chapters were excellent and offered some very practical, immediately useable ideas for parents and teachers. Chapter 6 was problematic in that some of the advice given to parents would lend itself to team difficulties and four hour long IEP meetings. Also, the information was extremely disorganized in that last chapter. Overall, however, I would recommend this to anyone teaching or raising a child with autism, especially if they are new to autism.

  16. 4 out of 5

    R.K. Goff

    Yes, it has 1001 good ideas for helping your child with ASD. And while you're reading them, you pick up tons of information about what their minds and lives are like. The ideas or for everyone, but I think the information is so basic it's mostly for newbies. Yes, it has 1001 good ideas for helping your child with ASD. And while you're reading them, you pick up tons of information about what their minds and lives are like. The ideas or for everyone, but I think the information is so basic it's mostly for newbies.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Martinez

    This book is generally easy to glance through -- I was able to quickly determine which ideas would likely help me with my Aspergian son. Even though there were only two ideas that applied to me, it was helpful all the same.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    A lot of it didn't pertain to my son, because he's not in school yet, but it had a lot of wonderful ideas - it's mostly good parenting skills - ideas for activities for your child - and tips for getting the most out of the educational process. A lot of it didn't pertain to my son, because he's not in school yet, but it had a lot of wonderful ideas - it's mostly good parenting skills - ideas for activities for your child - and tips for getting the most out of the educational process.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    I can't claim that I've read every word, but I have liked what I did read. I would like to purchase this book as a reference, which is essentially what this book is. Lots of ideas, tips and explanations that really are useful. I can't claim that I've read every word, but I have liked what I did read. I would like to purchase this book as a reference, which is essentially what this book is. Lots of ideas, tips and explanations that really are useful.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Allison Fetch

    Some good ideas, presented in a very accessible way. I got several ideas for my son but wish I had found this book when he was younger as many of the ideas do pertain to preschoolers. I will be taking some of the ideas to my son's teacher, as well. Definitely worth the read. Some good ideas, presented in a very accessible way. I got several ideas for my son but wish I had found this book when he was younger as many of the ideas do pertain to preschoolers. I will be taking some of the ideas to my son's teacher, as well. Definitely worth the read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Salamah

    This is a great book for parents but there are no real examples of lesson planning for teachers who work with autistic students. I was looking for that. Good book though. I found a couple of ideas to use in the classroom.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Stacy White

    EXCELLENT RESOURCE!!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Wilson

    The communication and language section was helpful Also, the teachers and learners section

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    meh.... had some good ideas and advice but nothing earth shattering. probably would be very helpful to a parent or teacher just beginning to research autism.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jannie

    This is a great resource for parents and teachers. I found lots of ideas to implement!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I read this one awhile back. I would recommend to anyone with a newly diagnosed kiddo.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen Wolcott

    This book is full of great ideas and insight to help communication with autistic children.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mandy Peterson

    As a teacher, this book helped prepare me for my first ASD inclusion student. Many of the considerations and activities will be great for my whole class. Good book to glean from!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    This book is full of great ideas, advice, and information on all things related to ASD. It is our family's new Encyclopedia on the subject. This book is full of great ideas, advice, and information on all things related to ASD. It is our family's new Encyclopedia on the subject.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter Talmey

    Having two children with ASD. I found this book interesting and helpful. Everyone should read it and get to understand ASD children. Not all children are misbehaving

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