"Trust me, I want to talk to you. My inability to speak is confused for my intelligence." Diego Pena is a sharp-witted 9 year old boy whose goal is to deliver a message that shatters misconceptions about autism. Only Diego cannot yet speak. By pointing to letters on a laminated letter board and typing on a keyboard, he breaks through his silence to express his inner-thoughts in Anatomy of Autism. In this pocket guide for individuals who support autistic students, Diego concisely articulates the challenges and dilemmas he faces with his sensory system, communication, and motor system. He thoughtfully explores the implications and possibilities of these challenges as a primary school student. His experiences nudge educators, therapists, parents, and students to rethink their approaches to supporting individuals who are autistic and non-speaking. Diego's words reveal a disarming truth. The real experts of autism are actually autistic themselves. Anatomy of Autism adds to the emerging generation of autistic voices-from Ido Kedar in Ido in Autismland to Naoki Higashida in The Reason I Jump-challenging us to listen and consider their perspectives about what it means to have autism and complex communication challenges in a world that has yet to fully realize their capabilities. But as Diego reminds us, they have incredible potential given the proper opportunities and supports. In the foreword to Anatomy of Autism, bestselling author Ido Kedar praises Diego for his advocacy and leadership at such a young age: "The insights found in these pages reflect my experiences and those of other people with autism clearly and succinctly. I am proud of Diego for undertaking this task to help improve the lives of those with autism and their loving families."
Author: Ido Kedar
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Autism in children
"Ido in Autismland" opens a window into non-verbal autism through dozens of short, autobiographical essays each offering new insights into autism symptoms, effective and ineffective treatments and the inner emotional life of a severely autistic boy. In his pithy essays, author Ido Kedar, a brilliant sixteen year old with autism, challenges what he believes are misconceptions in many theories that dominate autism treatment today while he simultaneously chronicles his personal growth in his struggles to overcome his limitations. Ido spent the first half of his life locked internally, in silence, trapped in a remedial educational system that presumed he lacked the most basic comprehension, and unable to show the world that he understood everything. But at the age of seven, Ido was finally able to show that he had an intact mind and could understand. This led to the quest to find a system of communication that he could use despite his impaired motor control. Through the use of a letter board, and now an iPad, Ido has triumphed communicatively, enabling him to flourish in a regular high school in all general education classes. But Ido has a larger goal. He does not want to be seen as an isolated autistic exception with miraculously advanced cognitive and communication abilities. He wants people to see that thousands of other severely autistic individuals have the same capacity, but remain trapped and locked-in, as he was, unable to show their true capacities. These individuals desperately need new theories and new methods to help them break free too. Of importance to neuro-researchers, educators, psychologists, doctors, parents, friends, family and people with autism, "Ido in Autismland" will change our collective understanding of severe autism. PRAISE FOR "Ido in Autismland" ""There are doubtless many Idos in this world, unable to speak, yet possessing good intellectual ability and, most certainly, a rich emotional life. And yet, precisely because they cannot communicate, nonverbal individuals with autism are nearly always consigned to the junk heap of mental deficiency, branded as incapable of understanding language or even having feelings... We need to help change things for this terribly neglected group... Reading Ido's book is a good beginning."" - Portia Iversen, Co-founder, Cure Autism Now and the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange Gene Bank. Author of "Strange Son" ""Ido is a brilliant communicator. His words bring us inside the world of autism. His gift of writing enlightens, inspires, educates. Every person who loves or works with someone with autism - educator, therapist, karent, grandparent, neighbor - should read Ido in Autismland."" - Elaine Hall, Author of Now I See the Moon, co-author of "Seven Keys to Unlock Autism." Featured in "Autism: The Musical" ""Ido's book touches any heart, not only because it is well written, but because it reveals a mind that has learned how to speak to the world through spelling every word on a letter board and keyboard. His book is indeed a great gift to the world. Thank you, Ido."" - Soma Mukhopadhyay, Executive Director of Education, HALO, Author of "Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method"
Helps professionals and family members provide children and adults with ASD with safe forums for self-discovery, structured learning activities, and a cumulative understanding of the many facets of self-advocacy.
Author: Virginia S. Cowen
Publisher: Singing Dragon
Release Date: 2011
Massage techniques are widely and effectively used in treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) to address sensory issues, motor problems and touch receptivity. This title explains how massage works, how the body senses touch, and how touch therapy can benefit children with ASDs.
Author: Anne M. Donnellan
Publisher: D R I Press
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Adjustment (Psychology)
In this book the authors demonstrate the neglected discipline of seeking a new pattern of understanding. They carefully note anomalies, irregularities likely to be ignored or explained away in routine practice : irregularities such as the many accommodations people with disabilities and those who care about them have invented beneath the notice of the professionals who ordinarily control their treatment. They search for hints of a pattern disclosed by these anomalies, a search with indicates fruitful links to neurology and to Vygotsky's developmental psychology.
A crash course in people skills to help teens succeed in school, work, and life. Get a good job, make more money, make a difference. Packed with indispensable tips, proven techniques, and must-do know strategies, this book generates immediate results for teen success. A must-read for teens to master valuable social skills, prepare for a job, and get a head start in a career. Perfect if teens are looking for a job, working, starting their own business, volunteering, or applying to college. The stuff teens absolutely positively NEED to know! A crash course in people skills-a quick and easy read-teens will actually read it and have fun doing it. Based on the award-winning book, "Smile: Sell More with Amazing Customer Service", winner of 8 awards. For ages 12 and up. Grade level 6 and up.
In Plankton Dreams, Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay crafts a proud, satiric style: the special ed student as literary troublemaker. "Mother had always taught me to learn from circumstance," he writes. "Here, the circumstance was humiliation, a particularly instructive teacher." "But I'm not complaining," he continues. "Humiliation, after all, made me a philosopher." For all of its comic effects, Plankton Dreams alerts readers to an alternative understanding of autism, an understanding that autistics themselves have been promoting for years. Frustrated by how most scientists investigate autism, Mukhopadhyay decides to investigate neurotypicality, treating his research subjects the way he himself was treated. Why shouldn't the autist study the neurotypical? This artful parody of scientific endeavor salvages dignity from a dark place. It also reveals a very talented writer. It is most certainly time to study the neurotypical-his or her relentless assumptions. Perhaps by doing so we may devise a more humble and hospitable society.
Author: Shelley E. Mulligan
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Release Date: 2013-08-19
Fully revised to reflect the latest AOTA standards, Occupational Therapy Evaluation for Children: A Pocket Guide, 2nd Edition is a comprehensive, portable reference that provides occupational therapists a trusted resource for use throughout their education and into practice. Unique and easy-to-use, this proven book provides an overview of theory, as well as step-by-step coverage of techniques. Clinical examples illustrate the application of content, as well as client and family-centered practice; illustrations demonstrate assessment techniques; and extensive tables summarize key assessments, techniques, and actions. This updated Second Edition includes new assessment tools, new content addressing specialty areas such as autism, additional assessments, and more.
Author: Teri James Bellis
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2003-07-22
Genre: Family & Relationships
Profiles and explores APD, a hearing form of dyslexia in which the brain cannot process sound, delineating its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment for child and adult sufferers while noting the prevalence of the condition's misdiagnosis. Reprint.
Author: Leroy F. Moore
Release Date: 2016-12
Genre: African Americans with disabilities
Black disabled and Deaf artists have always existed. They were on street corners down South singing the Blues, spray painting on New York subways, and bringing sign language to the big screen. Today, young Black disabled artists are finding their own way to the stage and studio, some with a paintbrush in their mouth, like Alana C. Tillman, and some with a drumstick in their hands, like Vita E. Cleveland. As a Black disabled youth in the 1970's and 1980's, I wished that there was a book like the one you are holding now. No more wishing - the book is here!
Author: Stanley Rosenberg
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Release Date: 2017-12-19
Genre: Health & Fitness
This practical guide to understanding the cranial nerves as the key to our psychological and physical well-being builds on Stephen Porges’s Polyvagal Theory—one of the most important recent developments in human neurobiology. Drawing on more than thirty years of experience as a craniosacral therapist and Rolfer, Stanley Rosenberg explores the crucial role that the vagus nerve plays in determining our psychological and emotional states and explains that a myriad of common psychological and physical symptoms—from anxiety and depression to migraines and back pain—indicates a lack of proper functioning in the vagus nerve. Through a series of easy self-help exercises, the book illustrates the simple ways we can regulate the vagus nerve in order to initiate deep relaxation, improve sleep, and recover from injury and trauma. Additionally, by exploring the link between a well-regulated vagus nerve and social functioning, Rosenberg’s findings and methods offer new hope that by improving social behavior it is possible to alleviate some of the symptoms at the core of many cases of autism spectrum disorders. Useful for psychotherapists, doctors, bodyworkers, and caregivers, as well as anyone who experiences the symptoms of chronic stress and depression, this book shows how we can optimize autonomic functioning in ourselves and others, and bring the body into the state of safety that activates its innate capacity to heal.