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Autism Bibliotherapy for Children

An informational presentation designed to help caregivers use books to teach children about Autism.
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Emily French

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Books and Autism:
Bibliotherapy for Children Emily L. French by Marc Nemiroff and Jane Annunziata Reading a book can relieve pressure about a sensitive topic. When children read a book about someone else who is struggling, they can ask relevant questions using the main character or the storyline as an "ice-breaker," instead of their own lives. Having an example of someone else who is dealing with a similar situation can also assure children that they are not alone. Start a conversation. The Value of Using Books: Lighten the mood. The most important part of using a book as a teaching tool is the discussion that takes place after reading. This is up to you, the caregiver. We can use a book to talk and teach; we can point out outdated information or stereotypes, and we can emphasize the aspects of the book that are true and relevant to the child. Talking to Angels Medikids Explain Autism Asperger's Rules by Blythe Grossberg, PsyD For more information, support, and tips... Become involved with the organization Autism Speaks to learn about current research and public awareness: www.autismspeaks.org Learn more about autism spectrum disorders and/or connect with a local support group: www.autism-society.org Read the book "Autism Every Day" by Alyson Beytein, an autism consultant, behavior specialist, and mother of three sons with autism The world is still learning about the disorder called . Scientists know that it affects people in different ways and to different degrees of severity, so it is called a
. In general, however, people who have Autism experience common struggles of social interaction and sensory sensitivity.

Whether your child knows someone with Autism or is living with Autism personally, more exposure to correct information will foster greater understanding and awareness. We, including children, must work together to ensure that all people feel safe and valued in our society. Autism spectrum disorder The following is a list of suggested books to read with your child, then start a conversation about . Autism by Esther Watson This book describes common behaviors of children with Autism, through the perspective of a girl whose sister, Christa, has Autism.

Recommended for ages 4-7. Tips from the Experts for Discussing Autism with Children: Shy Spaghetti
and Excited Eggs by Dr. Kim Chilman-Blair
and John Taddeo This is a book about
emotions, with descriptions and suggestions for children to learn how to control them. It can be a tool to explain that children with Autism struggle to express their emotions clearly.

Recommended for ages 4-8 This is a graphic novel in which a group of medical superheroes take a boy with Austim and his sister on a tour through the body to explain Autism in scientific terms.

Recommended for ages 9-12 This is an informational book for young adults with Asperger's, a more mild form of Autism on the spectrum. It includes tips and information for a wide range of topics from having positive conversations at school, to making goals, and handling bullies.

Recommended for ages 10-18 Assume competence and let your child speak his/her mind; less than 30% of people with Autism have decreased mental capacity. -Alyson Beytien, Autism consultant

Make yourself aware of the latest research about Autism, and add this new information to your discussion based on books. -Autismspeaks.org

Recognize that behavior is a form of communication; if your child will not or cannot speak to discuss with you, pay attention to behavioral clues that tell you how he/she feels. - Laura A. Riffel, PhD Works Cited Beytien, A. (2013). Ten keys to supporting a student with Autism
[PowerPoint slides]. Retrieved from presentation at Iowa State
University.

Riffel, L. A., PhD (2009). Activities and ideas for teachers of children with Autism [PDF document]. Retrieved from http://www.outreach.psu.edu/programs/autism/files/session36and45riffel.pdf

Autism Speaks. (2013). Your child's rights. Retrieved from autismspeaks.org
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