As we head toward the end of Autism Awareness Month, I thought I’d share some things that have helped me as an Aspie/special needs mom. Here’s a list of some of my favorite resources for autism and special needs parents. (This post does contain affiliate links, so I make a small commission should you choose to purchase. However, I truly do recommend these resources. Thank you for your support!)
Ashi’s Birthday & Other Dreaded Days by Annie Eskeldson—great book for letting others understand the stress of holidays/special events on our children
My Best Friend Will by Jamie Lowell and Tara Tuchel–exquisite black and white photograph book that explains autism to others; written by a 5th grader with her teacher
The Big What Now Book of Learning Styles by Carol Barnier–great for those who have non-traditional learners; segmented by subject area and filled with many ideas
The Special Needs SCHOOL Survival Guide: Handbook for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities & More! by Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L–great for any parent whether you send your child to traditional school or homeschool. (Read my review.)
Visual Techniques for Teaching Social Skills by Rebecca Moyes—intended for use in a group setting (We had a boys’ club.), this book gives you ways to illustrate why various social skills are important (Read my review.)
Temple Grandin movie—helps us as non-spectrum folk understand what our kids face
~Special needs parents often have a hard time getting out of the house to be around other adults or other adults who understand. The internet offers us a way to connect with those who understand and share ideas of what works and what helps us cope.
~Twitter is great for connecting with special needs parents. Use the hashtag #specialneeds and whatever your child’s diagnosis is. For example, I found many autism parents with the hashtag #autism. If you are a parent of an autism spectrum child, you may also want to follow #youmightbeanautismparentif.
~If you’re looking for information about using a gluten-free/casein-free diet to help minimize certain behaviors/symptoms, I highly recommend TACAnow.org. They have helpful information, including lists you can use.
~I recently came across a post that explains the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown. I love the bucket illustration. I hope it helps. You can read it here.
Do you have any favorite resources missing from my list? Let me know in the comments!
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