Behind the Locked Door

Understanding My Life As an Autistic
Author: Paul Louden
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780998255002
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Page: N.A
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Do you have any idea what it's like to be a person with autism in 2017? If the answer is no, then you're not alone. Most people have no idea what it feels like to be autistic. In fact, parents, siblings, high school teachers and college professors all admit to an amazing lack of understanding about autism and communication with people on the spectrum. Some may have had difficulties understanding a non-verbal child with autism. Others may have a brother with whom they wish communication would be more fulfilling. And in the classroom or the workplace, some might encounter students or employees who need accommodations to get their work done. Behind The Locked Door is a guide to understanding autism. And it will help readers more effectively communicate with people on the spectrum. Written for parents, educators, employers and for people eager to learn more about autism and disabilities, this book gives readers: - Practical insights into handling challenging communications barriers with people on the spectrum. - Insight into difficulties in life for people on the spectrum, including hygiene, social situations, speaking, motivation, trouble at school and work, and more. - Actionable steps for enjoying more successful relationships with people who have autism. - Behavioral techniques used by parents to help their children on the spectrum live a better life. Paul Louden has spent his entire life preparing to let the public inside the mind of a person with autism. Paul is a public speaker, radio show host, autism advocate and a 34-year-old man with autism. He works tirelessly to help educators, employers and parents better the lives of people with autism.

Space of Love

Understanding the Power of Thought and Wisdom in Living with Autism
Author: Gayle Nobel
Publisher: Nite Owl Books
ISBN: 0983970297
Category: Self-Help
Page: 148
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For people caught up in emotionally difficult situations: If you feel like you have reached the end of your rope and have run out of solutions Space of Love offers an energizing lifeline and a brand new perspective on how to approach many personal concerns. This book centers the reader. It offers hope and inspiration. Anytime a person needs an emotional pick-me-up, it provides a soothing surge of self empowerment. Like healing meditation, you'll find yourself wanting to read this book again and again. The author posits: What if the stress and strain you feel is not coming from the challenges or the obstacles in your life, condition of autism, or your child's or another loved one's behavior? The answer to that question—a profound understanding of the human experience—is the gift of Space of Love. This highly acclaimed book is based on Gayle Nobel's 34 years of coping with the challenges of raising an autistic son combined with her more recent insights as a transformative life coach. Through deeply honest, inspiring personal stories and insightful poetry, Gayle takes the reader on an amazing journey as she explores the power of thought, resilience, wisdom, innate well-being, and most of all love in creating the experience of living with autism. Space of Love is not just for those touched in some way by autism, but for anyone seeking to discover and release their own natural resilience. Readers may shed a few tears, smile, and walk away with a totally new awareness of the human experience after reading Space of Love. Gayle teaches us helpful life lessons, shining new light on some of the sensitive or daunting situations we all experience such as feeling out of control, the inability to accept change, make tough decisions or overcome fear of the future. Gayle asks the difficult questions and shares answers that could serve as a catalyst to releasing fresh insights about autism and other life experiences that affect us all.

Preparing for Life

The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
Author: Jed Baker
Publisher: Future Horizons
ISBN: 1932565337
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 357
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A life skills guide for individuals with autism and Asperger's syndrome discusses social skills and strategies needed for success in the adult world, including discussion of perspective-taking, nonverbal communication skills, and stress management.

My Autistic Awakening

Unlocking the Potential for a Life Well Lived
Author: Rachael Lee Harris
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 144224450X
Category: Psychology
Page: 224
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Autism rates are on the rise, and many parents wonder what the lives of their children may be like in the future. This story of one woman’s experience growing up with Asperger’s illustrates both the experiences and obstacles someone on the spectrum may face – and offers hope that they may lead successful, rewarding, and very rich lives.

My Child Is Autistic


Author: Renitha Tutin
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 9781456776664
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 112
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Realising that your child is autistic can be devastating. But there really is hope. This book shares with you our experiences as parents of a child diagnosed as severely autistic and sets out strategies that have worked for us, in terms of helping our son to develop, to understand and to function in the world. I am aware that every child is different and every instance of autism is unique. That means there cannot be a set manual for how to deal with autistic children, and this book doesnt pretend to be one. But there are common themes, and it is my hope that some of the strategies we have used will work for your child, while others even if they do not work for you will point you in a helpful direction for coming up with your own strategies. Most of all, I wish to convey that there really is hope. We have gone from a situation of having our child diagnosed as severely autistic and being told that he should attend a Special School to now wondering what kind of job he will choose to do one day. His transformation has been amazing. So please know that the diagnosis of autism need not mark the end of your dreams for your child. Your child is a unique wonderful being who sees the world very differently and there is a place for him in it. For those of you who do not live with autism every day, I believe you too would find this book enlightening and helpful in understanding a little more about the special people who are on the autistic spectrum. My hope is that the ideas I have outlined in this book may help other parents to connect with their children as we have managed to do with our son. I hope that it will help you not give up on those dreams of the life you thought you could have, with your beautiful child, before the diagnosis sent you reeling.

The Growing Up Book for Boys

What Boys on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know!
Author: Davida Hartman
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784500399
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 68
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The Growing Up Book for Boys explains the facts behind the growth spurts, body changes and mood swings of adolescence for boys aged 9-14 on the autism spectrum. The pre-teen and teenage years are a confusing time when bodies start acting with a will of their own, friendships change and crushes start to develop. Using direct literal language and cool colour illustrations, this book tells boys all they need to know about growing hair in new places, shaving, wet dreams and unexpected erections. It's full of great advice on what makes a real friend, how to keep spots away, and how to stay safe online. Most importantly, it explains that every body is amazing and unique and encourages young boys with autism to celebrate difference!

Living Through Suicide Loss with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

An Insider Guide for Individuals, Family, Friends, and Professional Responders
Author: Lisa Morgan
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1784504009
Category: Psychology
Page: 160
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Losing someone to suicide can open up a world of pain, confusion and grief, and for people with ASDs, the effect can be acute and extremely challenging. Reaching out to fellow Aspies, Lisa Morgan proffers her insight and advice to ensure that others on the autism spectrum don't have to face suicide loss alone. Written from a first-hand account, this astonishingly honest book looks at the immediate aftermath, and how emergency responders can help, as well as the long-term implications of living with suicide loss for individuals on the autism spectrum. The book describes common difficulties after experiencing suicide loss, such as beginning to comprehend the death of a loved one and managing their estate, as well as matters more specific to people on the autism spectrum, such as overstimulated sensory issues and difficulties with misunderstandings and miscommunication at an already chaotic time. The book will also help those who aren't on the autism spectrum to understand how best to help someone with autism who is coping with suicide loss, as well as what not to do.

How People with Autism Grieve, and How to Help

An Insider Handbook
Author: Deborah Lipsky
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 0857007890
Category: Psychology
Page: 144
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The book is an honest, first-hand account of how people with autism deal with the loss of someone in their life. Unlike the non-autistic response, people with autism, when faced with overwhelming or stressful situations, will favour solitude over sharing their emotions, tend to focus on special interests, and become extremely logical, often not expressing any emotion. This behaviour often leads to the belief that people with autism lack empathy, which is far from the case. Through the description of personal experience, and case studies, the book explores how people with autism feel and express the loss of a loved one, how they process and come to terms with their feelings of grief, and offers practical and detailed advice to parents and carers on a range of sensitive issues. These include clear instructions on how best to support someone with autism through the grieving process, how to prepare them for bad news, how to break the bad news, how to involve them in the funeral or wake, and how best to respond to later reactions. The final chapter explores the issue of why children and teens with autism can be drawn to death as a special interest, and explains that the interest is not normally a morbid one.

Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults

Improving Diagnosis and Quality of Life
Author: Theresa Regan
Publisher: IndieGo Publishing LLC via PublishDrive
ISBN: 194682402X
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 210
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Autism is a childhood condition ... right? Not right. Children with autism grow into adults with autism. The great strides we have made in understanding childhood autistic behaviors and interventions have lagged dramatically behind the needs of aging autistics. What of the young adult trying to build relationships? What of the middle aged autistic adult who has been misdiagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and lacks an effective treatment plan? What of the aging adult who is showing increasingly rigid autistic behaviors and is misdiagnosed as having frontotemporal dementia? Understanding Autism in Adults and Aging Adults is a one-of-a-kind resource designed to improve the correct diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in adults. Filled with clinical stories that bring to life the concepts discussed, the book provides strategy-based interventions to address issues of personal and household management, medical care, communication, sensory processing symptoms, and emotional and behavioral regulation.

How to End the Autism Epidemic


Author: J.B. Handley
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603588256
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 304
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In How to End the Autism Epidemic, Generation Rescue’s co-founder J.B. Handley offers a compelling, science-based explanation of what’s causing the autism epidemic, the lies that enable its perpetuation, and the steps we must take as parents and as a society in order to end it. While many parents have heard the rhetoric that vaccines are safe and effective and that the science is settled about the relationship between vaccines and autism, few realize that in the 1960s, American children received three vaccines compared to the thirty-eight they receive today. Or that when parents are told that the odds of an adverse reaction are “one in a million,” the odds are actually one in fifty. Or that in the 1980s, the rate of autism was one in ten thousand children. Today it’s one in thirty-six. Parents, educators, and social service professionals around the country are sounding an alarm that we are in the midst of a devastating public health crisis—one that corresponds in lockstep with an ever-growing vaccine schedule. Why do our public health officials refuse to investigate this properly—or even acknowledge it? In How to End the Autism Epidemic, Handley confronts and dismantles the most common lies about vaccines and autism. He then lays out, in detail, what the truth actually is: new published science links the aluminium adjuvant used in vaccines to immune activation events in the brains of infants, triggering autism; and there is a clear legal basis for the statement that vaccines cause autism, including previously undisclosed depositions of prominent autism scientists under oath. While Handley’s argument is unsparing, his position is ultimately moderate and constructive: we must continue to investigate the safety of vaccines, we must adopt a position of informed consent, and every individual vaccine must be considered on its own merits. This issue is far from settled. By refusing to engage with parents and other stakeholders in a meaningful way, our public health officials destroy the public trust and enable the suffering of countless children and families.

Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism

An Insider's View
Author: Wendy Lawson
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
ISBN: 1846422299
Category: Psychology
Page: 224
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To many of the people who live or work with an individual with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the processes by which those with autism make sense of the world around them may seem mysterious. In Understanding and Working with the Spectrum of Autism Wendy Lawson demonstrates these processes using comparisons from the non-ASD world to help professionals, families and carers to relate to and communicate with people with ASD better. Exercises at the back of the book encourage the reader to reflect on what has been discussed. The second part of the book contains chapters presenting a range of interventions and strategies for particular situations. Wendy illustrates her text with examples from her own life and from the lives of those she has met or worked with to clarify her points. She analyses ASD characteristics and examines interventions for dealing with social skills, anger management and self-esteem. Stress, its effects on the families of children with autism, and how best it can be alleviated, is also explored. Wendy writes in the light of her personal experience of an autism spectrum disorder as well as that of the available literature to create a book that is both readable and wide-ranging, furthering understanding of the links and differences between neurotypical individuals and those with ASD. Her book is an essential introduction to ASD for social workers, nurses, health professionals and those working in related fields.

Confessions of a Sociopath

A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
Author: M.E. Thomas
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307956660
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 320
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Confessions of a Sociopath is both the memoir of a high-functioning, law-abiding (well, mostly) sociopath and a roadmap -- right from the source -- for dealing with the sociopath in your life. As M.E. Thomas says of her fellow sociopaths, “We are your neighbors, your coworkers, and quite possibly the people closest to you: lovers, family, friends. Our risk-seeking behavior and general fearlessness are thrilling, our glibness and charm alluring. Our often quick wit and outside-the-box thinking make us appear intelligent—even brilliant. We climb the corporate ladder faster than the rest, and appear to have limitless self-confidence. Who are we? We are highly successful, noncriminal sociopaths and we comprise 4 percent of the American population.” Confessions of a Sociopath—part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious—takes readers on a journey into the mind of a sociopath, revealing what makes them tick while debunking myths about sociopathy and offering a road map for dealing with the sociopaths in your life. M. E. Thomas draws from her own experiences as a diagnosed sociopath; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature to unveil for the very first time these men and women who are “hiding in plain sight.”

To Siri with Love

A Mother, her Autistic Son, and the Kindness of Machines
Author: Judith Newman
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062413643
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 256
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 From the author of the viral New York Times op-ed column "To Siri with Love" comes a collection of touching, hilarious, and illuminating stories about life with a thirteen-year-old boy with autism that hold insights and revelations for us all. When Judith Newman shared the story of how Apple’s electronic personal assistant, Siri, helped Gus, her son who has autism, she received widespread media attention and an outpouring of affection from readers around the world. Basking in the afterglow of media attention, Gus told anyone who would listen, "I’m a movie star." Judith’s story of her son and his bond with Siri was an unusual tribute to technology. While many worry that our electronic gadgets are dumbing us down, she revealed how they can give voice to others, including children with autism like Gus—a boy who has trouble looking people in the eye, hops when he’s happy, and connects with inanimate objects on an empathetic level. To Siri with Love is a collection of funny, poignant, and uplifting stories about living with an extraordinary child who has helped a parent see and experience the world differently. From the charming (Gus weeping with sympathy over the buses that would lie unused while the bus drivers were on strike) to the painful (paying $22,000 for a behaviorist in Manhattan to teach Gus to use a urinal) to the humorous (Gus’s insistence on getting naked during all meals, whether at home or not, because he does not want to get his clothes dirty) to the profound (how an automated "assistant" helped a boy learn how to communicate with the rest of the world), the stories in To Siri with Love open our eyes to the magic and challenges of a life beyond the ordinary.

An Unfortunate Coincidence

A Mother's Life inside the Autism Controversy
Author: Julie Obradovic
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1510704639
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 284
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In her poignant account, Julie Obradovic discusses her heart-rending struggle with her daughter’s autism and her subsequent quest for answers. She reveals the feelings of depression and helplessness brought on by the diagnosis and her initial inability to find help. Unwilling to give up, however, Obradovic began fighting, finding a treatment for her daughter and going on to campaign on behalf of others. An Unfortunate Coincidence is the result of this fight. The account takes its readers through the political, historical, and scientific developments behind the greatest medical controversy of our time, including: The findings of the vaccine injury compensation program Investigations of CDC fraud and the subsequent congressional hearings and findings The identical symptoms of autism and mercury poisoning Eyewitness reports of families and educators The author’s struggle to present her point of view and the backlash intended to silence it Ultimately, An Unfortunate Coincidence will ask the readers to take a closer look at the evidence uncovered by ten years of research and decide just how many coincidence claims they are willing to accept.

NeuroTribes

The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
Author: Steve Silberman
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 0399185615
Category: Psychology
Page: 560
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"A groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently"--

Autism in a Decentered World


Author: Alice Wexler
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 1317594339
Category: Education
Page: 262
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Autistic people are empirically and scientifically generalized as living in a fragmented, alternate reality, without a coherent continuous self. In Part I, this book presents recent neuropsychological research and its implications for existing theories of autism, selfhood, and identity, challenging common assumptions about the formation and structure of the autistic self and autism’s relationship to neurotypicality. Through several case studies in Part II, the book explores the ways in which artists diagnosed with autism have constructed their identities through participation within art communities and cultures, and how the concept of self as ‘story’ can be utilized to better understand the neurological differences between autism and typical cognition. This book will be of particular interest to researchers and scholars within the fields of Disability Studies, Art Education, and Art Therapy.

A Boy Made of Blocks

The most uplifting novel of 2017
Author: Keith Stuart
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1250111609
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
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A Boy Made of Blocks is a funny, heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author's own experiences with his son, the perfect latest obsession for fans of The Rosie Project, David Nicholls and Jojo Moyes. A father who rediscovers love Alex loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn't understand him. He needs a reason to grab his future with both hands. A son who shows him how to live Meet eight-year-old Sam: beautiful, surprising - and different. To him the world is a frightening mystery. But as his imagination comes to life, his family will be changed . . . for good. "One of those wonderful books that makes you laugh and cry at the same time." Good Housekeeping "Funny, expertly plotted and written with enormous heart. Readers who enjoyed The Rosie Project will love A Boy Made of Blocks - I did." Graeme Simsion "Very funny, incredibly poignant and full of insight. Awesome." Jenny Colgan "'A wonderful, warm, insightful novel about family, friendship and love." Daily Mail “A charming and timely tale of learning to connect in the digital age.” Kirkus "This is an author who understands fatherhood and boyhood and everything in between. A truly beautiful book." Matthew Dicks, author of Memoirs of An Imaginary Friend "A Boy Made of Blocks will make you laugh and cry in equal measure; a book you won’t soon forget." Brenda Janowitz, author of The Dinner Party

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism Or Asperger's


Author: Ellen Notbohm,Veronica Zysk
Publisher: Future Horizons
ISBN: 1935274066
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 364
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Contains 1001 suggestions for meeting the challenges faced by children with autism spectrum disorders, covering sensory integration, communication, language, daily living, social issues, behavior, and education.