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Friday, April 8, 2011

The Child with Autism: At Home & in the Community Book Review

Purchase at Future Horizons

Giveaway Ended:
Winner is peridot8003!

Giveaway Rules at bottom of this post. 

by Kathy Labosh and LaNita Miller
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 100 
Price: $14.95

At Home & in the Community has over 600 must have tips for making home life and outings easier for everyone!

The part of the book that first caught my attention was in the preface of the book shared by Kathy Labosh.

"I would  like to claim that I am the super-parent who can do it all, but it is better to be someone who realizes her limitations.  To survive, you have to recognize your need for other.

The roots of the Community portion of the book reach back to a time when I felt despair."

She goes on to share that her son learned best while being taken into the community.  That's where most of the hints and strategies come from as they were gleaned from first hand experiences.  She would like to share with people through this book and, wow, what a blessing for us. 

In this book you'll learn about:

  • Your mental attitude and the importance of taking care of yourself
  • Making time for your marriage
  • How to help your child with their sensory issues in their room.  (Types of sheets to buy, clothing, how to adjust their surroundings for comfort).  
  • Behavior and Communication
  • Diets that may help and how to learn what foods possibly might affect them negatively.  How to find out yourself.
  • Hygiene (I loved how it suggested to relax about toilet training.  Chaz did not learn till he was over 4 years old how to potty in the toilet).
  • Tips for keeping your possessions clean and protected
  • Tips on teaching manners
  • Protecting your "escape artist".  (I still remember when Chaz escaped when he was two. He was furiously peddling on his tricycle to 'grandma's house' which was about a mile away.  I was scared out of my mind)
  • Social outings and interacting with their peers.  What places help teach typical play with their peers.
  • Tips for eating out with your ASD child

...and so much more like visiting the mall, the barbers, the grocery store, the movie theater, church, the amusement park, sports and sporting events, the doctors, taking medicine, the dentist, the hospital, the library, family gatherings.

This is a HUGE compilation of ideas and tips!  I've had to learn the hard way in the past while going into unknown territory with my son.  How wonderful this book would have been for me to get a heads up on how I can create an atmosphere my son can handle.  WHEREVER we are going. These are hands on suggestions that only another parent of an autistic child could have learned through personal experience. 

Meet the Author:
Kathy Labosh graduated from Penn State and worked as an economist. She is now a stay-at-home mom to Sam and Nicky, both of whom are children with autism. It became her mission to help others in similar situations. Kathy formed a Special Education Religious Class and is the author of a specialized curriculum for children with autism. She also received an Honorable Mention for Children’s Fiction from Writer’s Digest.

Kathy continues to work on additional books in The Child with Autism series, including The Child with Autism Learns about Faith (2011), The Child with Autism Goes to Florida (2011), and The Child with Autism Learns MORE about Faith (in progress).
LaNita Miller is the author of beginning textbooks, and received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Early Childhood Education from Austin Peay State University, and her master’s degree in Special Education from George Peabody College, which is part of Vanderbilt University. She is currently completing her certification in behavioral analysis. She has over twenty years’ experience in the special education classroom.

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(please leave a comment saying you are.  That is your entry)
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agear said...

I'm glad to find your blog. I will look forward to reading your posts.


Naomi My Miracle Baby said...

I am going to start following this blog, I follow your family blog.

Daub Family said...

Come here frequently to read! Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!

Jennifer said...

I am very glad to be a follower (new one) of your blog. It's great to find other parents of children my daughters age with aspergers. I need all the advice and insight I can get.

mllyk said...

I found your blog from a post you made on Babyfit :) Thank you for this book review AND giveaway! This book sounds wonderful! My son is about to turn 5 & is currently being evaluated for High-functioning Autism or Aspergers. I have a feeling I am going to love following your blog!

mllyk said...

Oh! And I also "liked" Asperger Moms on facebook :D

Molly Moore Kightlinger (on facebook)

~Noor~ said...

i would love this book

Tiffani Lawton, OJTA said...

Excellent Review!

Anonymous said...

I would love this!

Heather said...

I would love a copy of this book. I'm subscribing through Google RSS!

Melissa Taylor said...

GFC follower - It sounds like a really helpful book!

Martianne said...

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