January 2020 - Autism Awareness

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

Autism Awareness

This month's Disability Resource Library newsletter focuses on resources available on the topic of autism. These are just a few of the quality resources and information for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), their families, and others dedicated to increasing awareness, supporting research, and advocating for the needs of individuals on the spectrum and their families.

Take a look at a few of the resources our Disability Resource Library has to offer and, as always, please feel free to reach out to Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.

Featured Resources

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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

cover of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes you Knew

By Ellen Notbolm

Brimming with insight, compassion, and spirited humor, Ellen Notbohm's timeless book describes ten characteristics that help illuminate- not define- children with autism. Be prepared to dive into expanded thought and deeper discussion of communication issues, social processing skills, and the critical role adult perspectives play in guiding the child with autism to a meaningful, self-sufficient, productive life. "Ten Things" carries the reader farther into understanding the needs and potential of every child with autism.

Borrow Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew from our library.

Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together

By Robert A. Naseef

How can parents provide the best support for their child with autism--and ensure that the whole family's needs are met? It's a question faced by every parent of a child on the autism spectrum, and this book answers it with keen insight, reassuring honesty, and practical guidance. A psychologist and father of an adult son with autism, Dr. Robert Naseef has both personal and professional expertise to share with overwhelmed families.

Borrow Autism in the Family: Caring and Coping Together from our library.

The Speed of Dark

The Speed of Dark cover

By Elizabeth Moon

In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Lou Arrendale, a high-functioning autistic adult, is a member of the lost generation, born at the wrong time to reap the rewards of medical science. He lives a low-key, independent life. But then he is offered a chance to try a brand-new experimental “cure” for his condition. With this treatment Lou would think and act and be just like everyone else. But if he was suddenly free of autism, would he still be himself? Would he still love the same classical music—with its complications and resolutions? Now Lou must decide if he should submit to a surgery that might completely change the way he views the world...and the very essence of who he is.

Borrow The Speed of Dark from our library.

The Autism Acceptance Book

By Ellen Sabin

The Autism Acceptance Book grows kids with character. It is an activity book, a conversation-starter, and an educational tool that engages children in learning to embrace people's differences and treat others with respect, compassion, and kindness. Most of all, it teaches us about being a friend to someone with autism.

Borrow The Autism Acceptance Book from our library.

Dietary Interventions in Autism Spectrum Disorders

cover of Dietary Interventions in Autism Specturm Disorders

By Kenneth J. Aitken

Research in autism increasingly indicates the existence of different forms of the condition, and the possibility of dietary interventions having a positive effect on symptoms and behaviors associated with autism.

This book will be a valuable resource for families, individuals and professionals wishing to understand and explore the possibilities of dietary interventions and the benefits they can have for those on the autism spectrum.

Borrow Dietary Intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorders from our library.

A Friend Like Simon

By Kate Gaynor

When a new boy joins Matthew's school, he's just not sure if he wants a friend like Simon. But a school trip to the fun fair soon helps change his mind!

This book is designed to introduce all children to the positive aspects of inclusive education. This story helps children learn the importance of accepting friends and classmates who are "different" to them.

Borrow A Friend Like Simon from our library.

Navigation Tips - Autism Spectrum Skills

As a parent or caretaker of someone with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), there are several skills you can develop at home and at school. Try some of these steps:

  • Use time to decrease transitional tantrums: Use verbal minute warnings or visual timers before changing activities
  • First/Then: Use visual cards to help children with language behavior needs
  • Reward positive behavior
  • Focus on what you want your child to do, not what you want them to stop doing
  • Remain calm

These techniques can help reduce tantrums, increase understanding, direction following, and happiness. Information on how to effectively build these skills can be found in our Disability Resource Library or at Autism Speaks.

A Child's Champion

a photo fo Peggy Hovatter

This month's Child's Champion is Peggy Hovatter, an Autism Specialist and Endorsed Positive Behavior Support Trainer with the West Virginia Autism Training Center (ATC) at Marshall University. Peggy has been with ATC for 20 years. Prior to joining Marshall's program, she was a special education teacher.

What inspires Peggy to do the work she does? "I truly enjoy working for people with autism spectrum disorder to improve their quality of life and help them achieve their goals," she said. "I have been doing social clubs for kids, teens, and adults for 10 years and have trained many teachers and family members on how to build their own social club," she added.

"The phrase 'If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met one person with autism' is so true! Each individual has their own strengths and challenges," Peggy said.

Do you know someone you'd like to nominate to be featured as a Child's Champion in our monthly newsletter? Please let us know! Contact Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu or by phone at 304-205-6434.