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Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges they face every day. Some children with ASDs are gifted; others struggle academically.

Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some get 'stuck' on things, have limited interests, or experience repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing ('stims').

'The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders 'covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance.

Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions ('What's an ASD?' 'Why me?') and provides strategies for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management, exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviours and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed. The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful checklists, resources, and a glossary. Sections for parents offer more detailed information.

About the Author
Elizabeth Verdick has been writing books since 1997, the year her daughter was born. Her two children, now ages 14 and 10, are the inspiration for nearly everything she writes. In this survival guide, she writes from the perspective of a mother with a son on the spectrum and a passionate advocate for kids and parents in the autism community. She is the author of books in several Free Spirit series including Toddler Tools(TM), Best Behavior(TM), Laugh & Learn(TM), and Adding Assets for Kids. Elizabeth lives with her family and five pets near St. Paul, Minnesota.

Elizabeth Reeve, M.D., contributes not only her medical knowledge, but also her experiences as a mother of a son who has autism. Her clinical work focuses primarily on children and adults with developmental disabilities, and she has worked with many community organizations providing services to this population. In addition to her research and patient care, she is involved in teaching on a daily basis, regularly speaks in the community to educate others in the field of developmental disabilities, and stays up-to-date on this ever-changing field. Her recent endeavors focus on transition issues for young adults with ASDs as they enter college and the work force. She currently works in St. Paul and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Amazing Book!
We first got this book from the library for my 8 year old daughter. She has Aspergers, ADHD and is a Sensory seeker It was amazing! She read the book twice-without being told. It is loaded with information that even an 8 year old can understand. That isn't even the best part! It is loaded with little biography entries about other children with ASD! The stories are about children with different diagnosis. They cover a large variety of issues and how the child overcame the issue or is learning to overcome the issue. It is packed with great advice geared toward the child. There is no other book like it. I strongly recommend this book to all the kids with ASD as does my daughter.

Authoritative and Superbly Written Guide for Autism Spectrum Disorders
This superbly written guide is educational and entertaining for parents and their kids with developmental disorder. Generally, I would say that this is an authoritative monograph written by two authors who have personal experience with their own special needs child. The illustrations and easy-to-read chapters make this a fun book for youngsters, and the guide provides insightful and practical approaches to parenting of kids with autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Reeve, a psychiatrist with loads of experience in the field, provides perfect balance of professional advice on difficult topics including social skills and family functioning.

I would think that every parent of a child diagnosed with autism, Asperger syndrome or pervasive developmental disorder will benefit in reading this book cover to cover. A number of other books are recommended by the authors for additional information about autism; references are also provided on the best organizations that provide support or additional educational assistance to parents and professionals or educators. As a physician, I found this book to be a real gem among the guides that are available to us on autism spectrum disordered kids. Educators, clinicians, and parents will benefit from having this text on their bookshelf for reference and encouragement. I do hope that the authors will go on to publish a guide addressing older adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders and co-morbid conditioned, as this age group (and their parents) really struggle with their disability. If you are looking for a good guide for this topic, then this book is well worth the investment.

This is a must read for kids on the spectrum and their caregivers
I have read thousands of pages about autism and its related issues. There has never been a book so EXACTLY on target for reading with my son. The authors use appropriate tact, and bluntness when needed, to breach topics that are ongoing issues for our kids. I expected to have to insist on SSW reading it, but instead, he reads it on his own. Well done, and thank you.
Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, Authors
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