April 2019 Autism Awareness Resources

Disability Resource Library Newsletter

April is Autism Awareness Month and we're dedicating this month's Disability Resource Library newsletter to Autism awareness resources. The library has a variety of resources about Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). If you can't find what you're looking for here, please don't hesitate to contact Roger May, the Media Resource Specialist for the Center for Excellence in Disabilities, via email at roger.may@hsc.wvu or by phone at 304-205-6434. For information on the CED’s Autism Awareness Month events as well as other initiatives statewide, visit this site. Thank you!

Featured Resources

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The Autism Sourcebook

By Karen Siff Exkorn

cover of The Autism Sourcebook

In The Autism Sourcebook, Siff Exkorn offers parents the wisdom she wishes she'd had at the beginning. Providing medical information gleaned from the world's foremost experts and tying in her own firsthand experience as a parent, the author shares valuable knowledge. With extensive appendices, this is the single best resource available to parents and loved ones of the children with autism. Borrow The Autism Sourcebook from our library.

Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Maureen A. Flanagan

This book introduces an oral-motor protocol designed to enhance the child's ability to speak and eat by producing more normal movement patterns. It is accompanied by activities that can be incorporated into the child's daily schedule at home or at school for improved eating and speech development. This is a great resource to help broaden foods in a child's diet and expand a child's sounds and words! Borrow Improving Speech and Eating Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders from our library.

Engaging Autism

By Stanley I. Greenspan and Serena Wieder

Cover of Engaging Autism

This book is a clear, compassionate road-map for parents. With practical advice for every scenario you may face with your autistic child at any age - including sensory craving, overactivity, avoidant behavior, eating, toilet training, developing social skills and more - Engaging Autism offers hope for families and redefines how we see children with ASD. Borrow Engaging Autism from our library.

My Autism Book: A Child's Guide to Their Autism Spectrum Diagnosis

By Gloria Dura-Vila and Tamar Levi

My Autism Book is a beautifully illustrated picture book that helps parents to explain an autism diagnosis to their child in a sensitive, positive and accurate way. This book is designed to be read with the child as a simple introduction to their diagnosis. Written by a doctor and a children's author, the book is tailored precisely to the needs and experiences of the child with ASD aged 5 and up. It explains what an autism diagnosis means and encourages an exploration of the child's likely strengths and differences using clear language that speaks directly to the child. Borrow My Autism Book from our library.

(DVD) Dr. Temple Grandin - Sensory Challenges and Answers

Dr. Temple Grandin, perhaps one of the most noted high-functioning individuals with autism in the world, is an active speaker around the work and author of several books, including Thinking in Pictures and Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships. In addition to her career designing livestock handling systems, she has helped thousands of parents and professionals understand how to help individuals with autism/PDD/Asperger's. Temple eloquently describes not only her challenges in these areas, but also offers ideas as to how other people with autism can overcome these obstacles and improve their lives. Borrow Dr. Temple Grandin: Sensory Challenges and Answers from our library now.

Edushape Sensory Balls

Edushape four-inch sensory balls are perfect for developing tactile senses and gross motor skills. The nubby texture of these colorful balls provides tremendous sensory and dexterity-building play. You can squeeze, roll, throw, kick and see through these textured play balls. The sensory ball improves hand-eye coordination and can be used to improve socialization skills when enjoyed in group play. Borrow Edushape Sensory Balls from our library now.

Central and Rural Appalachian Culture: What Every Social Service Provider Needs to Know to Promote Effectivess

April 17, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
410 Neville Street
Beckley, WV 25801

In this course, providers will receive an overview of the central Appalachian region, its history, culture, and values. In addition, we will examine work practices that will build rapport with clients and communities throughout the region. Any social service provider working in rural communities can benefit from this training.

Social work, counseling, psychology and nursing CEUs are available. For more information, call Roger May at 304-205-6434 or email roger.may@hsc.wvu.edu.

Navigation Tips

Stress is an unavoidable part of parenting. No parent is immune from it but you can trouble shoot some of it and manage the rest. The following techniques may just help make your life as a parent a bit easier.

  • Establish support systems: Find another parent who can mentor and support you
  • Take time to do fun things: Spend time with your child just having fun.
  • Corral the chaos: Get organized and establish routines for the family
  • Seek out professional help: Counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists have strengths suited to assist you with particular problems.

You will never be able to eliminate stress entirely, but that doesn't mean you're powerless. For information about Circle of Parents, a parent to parent support group in your area, contact the Paths For Parents Program.

A Child's Champion

This month's Child's Champion is the Autism Society of West Virginia.

a photograph of the lineup of the Autism Society of West Virginia

Founded in 1985, the Autism Society of West Virginia exists to provide information, support research, and advocate for programs and services to enhance the lives of West Virginians living on the autism spectrum and those who support them.

Christina Lee Fair, who has served as president of ASWV since 2011, stresses the importance of local events and community resources for those living in West Virginia. "It is important to us that families can locate contact information for service providers and relevant organizations in their areas."

Please join us in thanking the Autism Society of West Virginia for their work in support of children and families throughout West Virginia!