We have a few books about autism around the house that I never got around to reading. I’m working on correcting that.
The one that I grabbed first is What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism.
Each chapter deals with a different “Thing” and I’ve they all read very quickly. The book is pretty short. It is nder 200 pages and the font is fairly big and there are a bunch of empty grids for worksheets where you are supposed to keep track of various things.
I’ve read seven of the “Things” and have really enjoyed the book.
I went to Amazon recently to see what other books they recommend for people that liked that book and I spent a few minutes reading through the comments. As of right now there are 16 comments. 15 are 4 or 5 stars and 1 is 1 star.
The 1 star review is an interesting read in and of itself. It does a bit of bashing of the author’s credentials and counters a bunch of the stuff in the book.
The rest of the reviews are pretty consistently happy with the book.
It makes me wonder who the author of the comment is. There is nothing factually wrong with the comment that I can tell. I know nothing about the author and his credentials.
I can say that I’m fairly certain that the author makes a lot of very good observations about autistic kids (assuming all autistic kids are like Pookie). My guess is that the author is either a “professional” or has an autistic kid who works with “professionals.” Professionals are great. I would classify one of the teachers in our school district as a professional and we love listening to what she has to say. She notices whole categories of things in different ways than we do.
The book is a worthwhile read if for nothing else than the author’s constant reminder that our attitude is something that our children key into. If you walk into a situation, let’s say potty training, with a crappy attitude, then the time you spend working on it with your kid probably isn’t going to go well. I know that specific lesson from experience.
Something that I needed to be reminded right now is that Pookie needs me to be positive, to say No a little less, to get frustrated a lot less, to be more excited a lot more and to help him calmly a lot more.
The book does a great job of reinforcing all of that.
The book also does an excellent job of reminding parents that the most important lessons for young kids with autism are social interactions. I’m not good about consistently working on that because it is by far the hardest thing to work on sometimes (but we are making some pretty huge leaps in this realm the last few weeks).
If you are looking for a good pep talk or a good quick list of things to think about as a parent/relative/friend/teacher of a child with autism, What You Can Do Right Now to Help Your Child with Autism is a pretty good book.