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My Favorite Resources for Autism & Special Needs Parents

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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!)

Books:

A 5 Is Against the Law by Kari Dunn Buron—explains to spectrum teens and young adults about social skills (Read my review.)

Ashi’s Birthday & Other Dreaded Days by Annie Eskeldson—great book for letting others understand the stress of holidays/special events on our children

Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses by John Taylor—great book for tweens and teens who have sensory issues; written TO them and empowers them to help themselves (Read my review.)

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

My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop—helpful resource for helping others understand your child (Read my review.)

Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis—explains the potential benefits of a gluten-free/casein-free diet and includes recipes (Read my review.)

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 Child with Autism at Home & in the Community by Kathy Labosh and LaNita Miller—very practical tips for daily life (Read my review.)

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.)

This Anguishing Blessed Journey by Sonya Schafer—one mom’s journal during the first year of her daughter’s autism diagnosis (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.)

What I’d Wish I’d Known about Raising a Child with Autism by Bobbi Sheahan—must-have book for early diagnosis days

When My Worries Get Too Big by Kari Dunn Buron—picture book to help kids learn to use a 1-5 rating scale to explain their emotions and calm themselves (Read my review.)

Media:

A Mile in His Shoes movie—story about a young man with Asperger’s syndrome and baseball; another movie to help us understand our kids (Read my review.)

Instrumental Dreamland by Putumayo Kids—wonderful calming music (Read my review.)

Love Me for Who I Am–fun music CD by Brady Rymer created specifically for spectrum kids, but all kids can appreciate its message (Read my review.)

Temple Grandin movie—helps us as non-spectrum folk understand what our kids face

Online:

~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.

~On Facebook, Special Needs Homeschooling is a really supportive group for those homeschooling special needs kiddos. Are you a special needs mom? Check out the group Special Needs Moms Network.

~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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Jenny Herman

Jenny Herman wants to live in a world where dark chocolate dispensers reside on every corner. As a homeschooling special needs mom, she’s been featured in Autism Parenting Magazine, Wit and Wisdom from the Parents of Special Needs Kids: Mostly True Stories of Life on the Spectrum, and various blogs. If she survives the onslaught of testosterone in her home, she may take a moment to blog, read a book, try a new recipe, or loom knit a gift. You can find Jenny’s book The Power of One: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life on Amazon.

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