My apologies for being late with my Top 10 list today! I was out of town, helping my daughter deliver this:
So I’m a little sleep deprived, and more than a little bit sore from wrestling the laboring pregnant girl for 12 hours. Baby Girl was 7#2 oz. and 20” long. She’s healthy, nursing beautifully, and very bright eyed. I’m a happy Gramma.
So, I get a pass right?
Now on to what we’re here for….
1. Carly’s Voice: Breaking Through Autismis about Carly Fleischmann, a young woman with severe autism who discovered a way to talk to her family, and the world, and hasn’t been silent since. If you don’t follow her on Facebook, you should. And read her book. She’s amazing.
2. In Jesse’s Shoes is a sweet book that you can use to help your “normal” kids and others to understand how special our special needs kids are. We own and love this book.
3. Social Rules for Kids isn’t specifically for special needs kids, but it could be! This book provides a way to purposefully teach your special kids—or any kids—the appropriate ways to respond to things in many varied social situations, from home to work, to family gatherings and beyond.
4. Homeschooling the Challenging Child: A Practical Guide is a helpful guide with lots of ideas to get you through—or continue to teach—your child with special needs. Often we know homeschooling is best for a particular child, but the challenge of doing so can be a surprise. Take heart! It can be done.
5. Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight: What to Do If You Are Sensory Defensive in an Overstimulating Worldoffers hope for the sensory sensitive kids and strategies for parents to help them.
6. Why Does Izzy Cover Her Ears? Dealing with Sensory Overloadis another book written for kids, to help them understand those who are different from them.
7. The Out-of-Sync Childis probably the best book on special needs, and particularly on sensory issues in kids, that I have ever read. I own it, I reread it about once a year, and I love it. Read it and when you recognize your child in the stories, take heart. It’s not a child manual, but it could be considered one.
8. No More Meltdowns: Positive Strategies for Managing and Preventing Out-Of-Control Behavior This book gives some helpful de-activation strategies as well as proactive parenting tips to help prevent what some parents live with as a daily reality.
9. Toilet Training for Individuals with Autism or Other Developmental Issues Potty training, eagerly discussed at length by parents of 1-3 year olds, becomes a taboo subject as children reach school age and others just don’t understand why you can’t seem to potty train your child. If you have an older child who isn’t toilet trained yet, here is some encouragement for you. You aren’t alone. (I was one of you. Feel free to email me if you are struggling.)
10. Views from Our Shoes: Growing Up With a Brother or Sister With Special NeedsIn all of our seeking out resources to help us with our differently abled children, we need to keep in mind that being the brother or sister of a special needs kid can be tough. 45 Siblings speak up here.