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Autism Playbook for Teens

Imagination-Based Mindfulness Activities to Calm Yourself, Build Independence & Connect with Others (Instant Help Series)

Irene McHenry, Carol Moog

Teens with autism have the potential to be excellent actors. They are natural observers-able to study, imitate, and learn social behavior. The Autism Playbook for Teens is designed to bolster these strengths with mindfulness strategies and roleplaying scripts, while also helping teens reduce anxiety, manage emotions, be more aware in the present moment, and connect with others. This book offers a unique, strengths-based approach to help teens with autism spectrum (including Asperger's Syndrome) develop social skills, strengthen communication, and thrive. The activities contained in each chapter are custom-designed to work with the unique perspectives, sensory processing, neurological strengths and challenges that teens with autism bring to their encounters with the social world. By engaging in these activities, teens will gain an authentic awareness of their surroundings, leading to better social interaction that is also rewarding, interesting, and fun. The delightful and creative activities in this book are grounded in well-documented clinical observations and current empirical studies. They also take into account the real neurological differences that exist in young people with autism, and focuses on the unique pathways needed to connect with and inspire these exceptional and fabulous teenagers. This is the only book available for teens with autism that specifically integrates mindfulness skills and imaginative scripted roleplaying activities for building authentic social experiences

21x15cm  139 pages  $32.95  
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Finding Your Own Way to Grieve

A Creative activity workbook for kids and teens on the autism spectrum

Karla Helbert

Children and teenagers with autism can struggle to cope with the loss of a loved one, and the complicated and painful emotions of bereavement. This book explains death in concrete terms that the child with autism will understand, explores feelings that the child may encounter as a part of bereavement, and offers creative and expressive activities that facilitate healing.

25x17cm  179 pages  $28.95  
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Growing Up Guide for Girls

What Girls on the Autism Spectrum Need to Know!

Davida Hartman, illus Margaret Suggs

A one-stop guide for young girls on the autism spectrum explaining all they need to know about puberty and adolescence. The pre-teen and teenage years are a bumpy time when bodies change, emotions are high and peers are developing at different paces. Using simple, literal language and delightful colour illustrations, this book explains the facts about body changes such as growing hair in new places, periods, wearing a bra and keeping spots away! It gives cool tips on what makes a real friend, what it means to have a crush on somebody, and how to stay safe online. Most importantly, it explains that every body is beautiful and unique and encourages young girls with autism to celebrate difference! Perfect preparation for the teenage years for girls aged 9-14.

24x16cm  68 pages  $26.95  
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Growing Up With Autism

Working with School-Age Children and Adolescents

Robin Gabriels

This is a practical book on an often overlooked group: older children with autism. With hands-on suggestions plus an overview of research, it is designed to help a range of mental health and school professionals who deal with autism. It addresses individual, family, school, and community contexts, and includes a reproducible child and caregiver assessment form.

22x16cm  302 pages  $56.95  
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Making the Move

A Guide for Schools and Parents on the Transfer of Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) from Primary to Secondary School

K I Al-Ghani, Lynda Kenward

The transition from primary to secondary school is a time of great anxiety for most children. For children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) this anxiety can be overwhelming. Fear of the unknown, difficulty coping with monumental changes and the inability to imagine a favourable outcome, can all combine to make this unavoidable step in school life a time of great fear and dread. This book provides guidance for schools and parents on how to make the transfer from primary to secondary as easy as possible for children with ASDs. It advocates the need for scrupulous preparation of transfer arrangements because children with ASDs struggle to predict the outcome of any new situation.

30x21cm  96 pages  $43.95  
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Multicoloured Mayhem

Parenting the Many Shades of Adolescents and Children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome and AD/HD

Jacquie Jackson

Jacqui Jackson has seven children. Luke (author of Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome) has Asperger Syndrome, Joe has ADHD, and Ben has autism. Life is anything but straightforward, but the chaos of the Jacksons' lives is threaded through with humor and common sense. Full of anecdotes and lively thinking, the book explains vividly what it is like to parent young people with such a range of conditions, and provides a wealth of helpful and creative advice for other parents and carers. Anyone who has wondered what life in such a family might be like will be fascinated.

23x16cm  256 pages  $37.95  
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Practical Guide for Teachers of Students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in Secondary Education

Debra Costley, Elaine Keane, Trevor Clark, Kathie Lane

The book presents specific, ready-to-use classroom initiatives with example worksheets, checklists and timetables to help students keep organised with their school work. It also covers general obstacles such as social situations, anxiety, mental health issues and extracurricular activities and how adults can help. Guidance about the leaving school stage and how to ensure the teen is equipped to make the best possible decisions about their future is included.
Packed with useful information and examples, this book will be a lifesaving resource for teachers, and everyone else working in secondary education, who want to help their students with autism to stay focused and positive at school.

23x15cm  159 pages  $34.95  
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Preparing For Life

The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome

Jed Baker

A bestselling author and counselor offers a comprehensive resource for students on the autism spectrum preparing for life after high school. This handbook focuses on "life skills training" on such subjects as nonverbal cues, body language, dealing with anger, and building and maintaining friendships and intimate relationships. Includes assessment tools for parents and analysis of laws that provide accommodations to adults with disabilities

27x21cm  357 pages  $59.95  
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Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Guiding Toward Growth

John Merges



24x15cm  208 pages  $27.95  
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Taking Care of Myself

A Hygiene, Puberty, and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism

Mary Wrobel

Puberty can be especially tough when young people have autism or other special needs. Through simple stories similar to Carol Gray’s Social Stories, author Mary Wrobel teaches caregivers exactly what to say and not say, and shows how you can create helpful stories of your own. Mary addresses hygiene, modesty, body growth and development, menstruation, touching, personal safety, and more. Young students can benefit from self-care skills such as using the toilet, brushing teeth, and washing hands. Parents and teachers should begin teaching these necessary skills as early as possible, even from ages 3-5. The ultimate goal is to maximize the child’s potential for independence and lifelong social success.

28x19cm  250 pages  $44.95  
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What's Happening to Ellie?

A Book about Puberty for Girls and Young Women with Autism and Related Conditions

Kate Reynolds, Jonathon Powell, illus

Ellie notices that her body is changing. Hair is growing in new places and there are other changes happening too. Ellie's mum helps her understand that she has started growing into a woman. Following Ellie as she begins to notice changes to her body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach girls with autism and related conditions about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as periods. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with girls and young women with autism or related conditions.

16x18cm  36 pages  $19.95  
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What's Happening to Tom?

A Book about Puberty for Boys and Young Men with Autism and Related Conditions

Kate Reynolds, Jonathon Powell, illus

Tom notices that his body is changing. Tom's voice is different and hair is growing in new places. There are other changes happening too. Tom learns that he has started growing into a man.
Following Tom as he begins to notice changes to his body, this simple resource helps parents and carers teach boys with autism or other special needs about puberty. It covers all the changes that they will experience, both emotional such as new feelings and physical such as wet dreams. This fully illustrated positive and entertaining book provides the perfect opportunity to talk about puberty with boys and young men with autism or special needs.

17x19cm  36 pages  $19.95  
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