(and their parents)
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and their parents)
by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve, M.D.
This positive, straightforward book offers kids with autism spectrum
disorders (ASD) their own comprehensive resource for both understanding
their condition and finding tools to cope with the challenges
they face every day.
Some children with ASD are gifted; others struggle academically.
Some are more introverted, while others try to be social. Some
get stuck on things, have limited interests, or experience
repeated motor movements like flapping or pacing (stims).
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders
covers all of these areas, with an emphasis on helping children
gain new self-understanding and self-acceptance.
Meant to be read with a parent, the book addresses questions
(What is ASD? Why me?) and provides strategies
for communicating, making and keeping friends, and succeeding
in school. Body and brain basics highlight symptom management,
exercise, diet, hygiene, relaxation, sleep, and toileting. Emphasis
is placed on helping kids handle intense emotions and behaviors
and get support from family and their team of helpers when needed.
The book includes stories from real kids, fact boxes, helpful
checklists, and resources. Sections for parents offer additional
information. For ages 8-13 and their caregivers.