Recommended Products, Books, and DVD’s
I recommend having some art supplies on hand for your child to use regularly – daily is best. Here are some products I recommend.
The New Civilization by Vladimir Megre
This week (July 4th ’11) I am reading “The New Civilization” by Vladimir Megre Book 8 of the Ringing Cedars of Russia series. Lots of wonderful ideas and tools for teaching children in these books. Very unique solutions to the problems of child raising and education in a unique writing style. I highly recommend this series of books.
Not Even Wrong by Paul Collins
This week (June 27th) I am reading “Not Even Wrong” Adventures in Autism by Paul Collins 2004
Sharing his personal struggle with his recently diagnosed son Morgan, he interweaves the stories of historical figures such as Peter the Wild Boy who lived in the 17oo’s and others into a rich deeply felt testimony.
I also recommend:
The Essential Guide to Autism by Rachel Evans
Essential Guide to Autism
Will Answer Your Autism Questions! You’ll learn the answers to such questions as:
What Is Autism?
How Is Autism Diagnosed?
What Causes Autism?
Are There Disorders That Accompany Autism?
Is There Reason for Hope with Autism?
How can Social Skills and Behavior Be Improved?
What Autism Medications Are Available?
What Are the Educational Options for Autism?
Can Autism Be Outgrown?
How Can Adults With Autism Live Independent Lives?
How Do Families Learn to Cope With Autism?
What Hope Does Research Offer for Autism?
What Are Sources of Autism Information and Support?
To purchase The Essential Guide to Autism
The Parenting Autism Resource Guide compiled by Dave Angel
A complete resource guide for parents who have children diagnosed with autism. This may be helpful for you.
The Horse Boy by Rupert Isaacson
Here is an exceptional review of The Horse Boy by Dr. Temple Grandin. I highly recommend both the book and the movie.
Amazon Exclusive: Temple Grandin Reviews The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son
Drawing from her own experience with autism and her distinguished career as an animal scientist, Temple Grandin has provided readers with extraordinary insight into how animals think, act, and feel. Her books include The Way I See It, and the national bestsellers, Thinking in Pictures, Animals in Translation, and Animals Make Us Human. We were eager to hear what Grandin thought about Rupert Isaacson and his family’s quest to go to the ends of the earth to help their son. Read her exclusive Amazon guest review to find out.
This is a fascinating book. It is the tale of a family’s journey to Mongolia with their five-year-old son who has autism. The family travels to the northern remote areas and lives with the nomads and herders away from the cities. I loved the descriptions of the nomad way of life, and that they were so accepting of a child with autism. Rowan loved baby animals and the people did not mind when he grabbed a baby goat and climbed into one of their beds with it. During the trip, Rowan developed improved language and behavior. He also had a magical connection with horses. There are many wonderful passages about Rowan’s exploits with a Mongolian horse named Blackie.
Rupert Isaacson was surprised at how accommodating the Mongolian people were. They tolerated Rowan’s pushing, yelping, and joyful rushing about. At the end of the book the family get a rude awakening when a German tourist who was a psychologist disapproved of bringing a child with autism to a national park to view wild horses. I was interviewed by Rupert Isaacson before he wrote his book and we discussed perhaps the shamans and the healers in some traditional cultures had autistic traits. Their rituals with rhythmic chanting and repetitive movements have similarities to autistic “stims.” When I was little, I went into a calm trance-like state when I rocked and dribbled sand through my hands.
Children with autism need to be exposed to lots of interesting things and new experiences in order to develop. One of the reasons the trip to Mongolia was so beneficial was that Rowan could explore lots of fascinating things such as horses, streams, plants, and animals in an environment that was QUIET. The Mongolian pastureland was a quiet environment free of the things that overload the sensory system of a child with autism. There were no florescent lights or constant noise and echoes. Some individuals with autism see the flicker of florescent lights which is like being in a disco with strobe lights. When I was a child, loud sounds hurt my ears.
Parents and teachers can duplicate the benefits of this trip without having to travel. Horseback riding is a great activity. Many parents have told me that their child spoke his/her first words on a horse. Activities that combine both rhythm and balancing such as horseback riding, sitting on a ball, or swinging help stabilize a disordered sensory system. There are lots of places you can take a child to explore nature such as parks, brooks or a field with tall grass. Children with autism need to be shown interesting things and encouraged to do new things. Everywhere Rowan went he was asked questions and encouraged to talk about the things he was looking at. You need to find QUIET, interesting places away from crowds of people, florescent lights, traffic, and noise, where you can engage the child and keep him tuned in. This is a great book and everyone who is interested in autism, animals or different cultures should read it. –Temple Grandin
I highly recommend:
The Way I See It by Temple Grandin
Every library, large or small, needs this book on its shelves. Every school, large or small, with the responsibility of educating children with autism or Asperger’s needs the guidance this book offers. . . . Last, and certainly not least, every parent will find within these pages golden nuggets of advice, encouragement, and hope to fuel their day-to-day journey through their child’s autism. . . . The wisdom she offers through this book and its personal reflections on autism will, I’m sure, ring true for many more decades to come. –Ruth Christ Sullivan, co-founder of the Autism Society of America
In this innovative book, Dr. Temple Grandin gets down to the REAL issues of autism, the ones parents, teachers, and individuals on the spectrum face every day. Temple offers helpful do’s and don’ts, practical strategies, and try-it-now tips, all based on her “insider” perspective and a great deal of research. These are just some of the specific topics Temple delves into:
How and Why People with Autism Think Differently
Economical Early Intervention Programs that Work
How Sensory Sensitivities Affect Learning
Behaviors Caused by a Disability vs. Just Bad Behaviors
Teaching People with Autism to Live in an Unpredictable World
Alternative Medicine vs. Conventional Medicine
Employment Ideas for Adults with Autism
And many more!