Having a child with special needs has its many blessings as it does with any child, but having a child with special needs can add challenges not only to parents, but to families as a whole. It can feel like an unplanned journey they must navigate alone.
Finding the appropriate resources to help make the important decisions around therapies, education, etc. can be overwhelming and exhausting. Full Circle Foundation prides itself in being an advocate for parents, and assisting parents in advocating for themselves.
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Do You Hear What I Hear?
Parents and Professionals Working Together for Children with Special Needs
by ACSW Janice Fialka, MSW (Author), PhD Karen Mikus (Author)
A book to be used for self-reflection, personnel preparation, and parent-professional trainings.
Why Does Chris Do That?
by Tony Attwood (Author)
Some Suggestions Regarding the Cause and Management of the Unusual Behavior of Children and Adults with Autism and Asperger Syndrome
This book brings a wealth of information about the unique characteristics of individuals who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and the underlying causes, as well as suggestions for how to manage the behavior of children and adults with ASD. Tony Attwood, world renowned author answers two of the most commonly asked questions about the behavior of individuals with ASD:
“Why do they do that?”
And, the more urgent, “How can we stop it?”
The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
by Naoki Higashida (Author), KA Yoshida (Translator), David Mitchell (Translator)
This book is an autobiography written by a 13-year-old boy from Japan about what it is like to live with autism. The way autistic people view the world is very different than the way we may perceive them to view the world.
Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew
by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk
Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew is the unique perspective of a child’s voice is back to help others understand the thinking patterns that guide their actions and communicate with them in meaningful ways. It’s the game plan affirming that both teacher and child believe they “can do it.”
All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome Hardcover
by Kathy Hoopmann (Author)
Humorous and insightful book about being different and that points out the difficulties and joys of raising a child who is different and leaves the reader with a sense of the dignity, individuality, and potential of people with AS. This engaging book is an ideal, gentle introduction to the world of AS, and maybe cats.
Asperger Syndrome in the Family; Redefining Normal
by Liane Holliday Willey (Author)
Liane Holliday Willey and one of her daughters both have Asperger Syndrome. Through personal vignettes, frank discussions and practical suggestions for dealing with everything from major to minor Aspie challenges, Liane, her husband and their three daughters bravely open their home to their readers, inviting them to look behind the curtains at their version of Aspie life.
The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder
by Carol Stock Kranowitz (Author)
The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Revised Edition: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder
by Carol Stock Kranowitz (Author)
This revised edition includes new activities, along with updated information on which activities are most appropriate for children with coexisting conditions including Asperger’s and autism, and more.
A Treasure Chest of Behavioral Strategies for Individuals with Autism
by Beth Fouse (Author) and Maria Wheeler (Author)
The authors address sensory, communication, physical, and social-emotional issues by increasing desired behaviors and decreasing unwanted behaviors. Readers will learn how to
- build sensory diets into everyday activities
- use antecedent control
- teach students to self-regulate
- deal with self-injurious behaviors, physical or verbal aggression
- teach toilet training
- handle obsessive-compulsive behavior and fixations
- deal with crisis/stress/data management
- handle data management
Taking Care of Myself: A Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism
by Mary Wrobel (Author)
Puberty can be especially tough when young people have autism or other special needs. Through simple stories similar to Carol Gray’s Social Stories® , author Mary Wrobel teaches caregivers exactly what to say (and not say) and shows how you can create helpful stories of your own. Mary addresses hygiene, modesty, body growth and development, menstruation, touching, personal safety, and more. Young students can benefit from self-care skills such as using the toilet, brushing teeth, and washing hands. Parents and teachers should begin teaching these necessary skills as early as possible, even from ages three to five. The ultimate goal is to maximize the child’s potential for independence and lifelong social success.
All About My Brother
by Sarah Peralta (Author)
Sarah gives insight into the sibling relationship in a way only a child can do it. Through her simple depictions of her brother Evan’s everyday behavior, Sarah encourages others to approach autism without fear or pity.
It’s Hard Being You
by Sharon Emery (Author)
Emery’s memoir resides in the everyday struggle to live as best we can, through the good and bad, providing insights on how all of us can survive well.
Sharon Emery struggled with the losses and limits she faced but couldn’t change – no matter how hard she tried.
And she did try. First with her incurable severe stutter, then with the death of her daughter, Jessica, and the too-early deaths of her own younger siblings. Meanwhile, her “broken” voice meant her long career in communications was regularly a battle.
Emery wrote this memoir to help guide her children on their own life journeys, stressing the amazing resilience of human beings. Exhibit A: herself.
by JT Mestdagh (Author)
Number one international bestseller in 10 categories on Amazon in the US and CA. Including College Student Life in and Physical Impairments in Canada; Special Education, Communicative Disorders in Special Ed., Learning Disabilities, Physical Impairments, Travel Biographies & Memoirs, Family & Inspirational Spirituality, Men’s Inspirational Spirituality, and Miracles & Spirituality in the United States.
Untether is the story of JT Mestdagh, a young man born with a death sentence and who is now an entrepreneur and adventurer on a mission to empower people to untether from limiting beliefs and to soar to their highest dreams.
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