New special needs parenting books
Check out these new books for parents with special needs children.
Andrew and Melissa Areffi, the California parents of three children on the Autism spectrum, have written "Navigating Autism: The Essential How-to By Parents For Parents" (Self-published, $14.95). It helps decode therapists' jargon and helps parents worth through educational, governmental and medical obstacles to get assistance for their kids.
In "Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language" (Woodbine House, $29.95), author Pat Crissey uses more than 100 activities to break down elements of non-verbal communication so they can be taught to children and teens with developmental disabilities. Areas covered include facial expressions, eye gaze, personal space, gestures and more. Comes with a CD. Out April 22.
Two dozen parents -- 23 moms and one dad -- tell their stories in "The Thinking Mom's Revolution: Autism Beyond the Spectrum" (Skyhorse, $26.95), which is due out next month. The stories were compiled by Helen Conroy, president of the Thinking Moms' Revolution, who has a son with autism apraxia, and Lisa Joyce Goes, a contributing editor for "Age of Autism," who has a son with iatrogenic autism.
Colorado financial planner Hal Wright, who has an adult child with Down syndrome, has written the "Complete Guide to Creating a Special Needs Plan: A Comprehensive Approach Integrating Life, Resource, Financial and Legal Planning to Ensure a Brighter Future for a Person with a Disability" (Jessica Kingsley, $29.95), due out in June. He talks the reader through financial and legal considerations, including how to fund and manage a special needs trust.
Put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics, "Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Every Parent Needs to Know" ($14.95) contains information on warning signs of autism, variations of autism, treatment suggestions, stress management for parents, and more. It hopes to dispel myths about autism.
In “Preventing Autism: What You Can Do to Protect Your Children Before and After Birth,” (Wiley, $17.95), Dr. Jay Gordon, a California pediatrician, offers a step-by-step guide to reducing environmental toxins in children’s lives to age 2 in an attempt to possibly fight autism. Written with Diane Reverend and includes forwards by Halle Berry, Giselle Bundchen and Tom Brady, Jennifer Grey, Mariska Hargitay and Julia Roberts.