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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.

New special needs parenting books

Check out these new books for parents with special needs children.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Colorado financial planner Hal Wright, who has an
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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.

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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.

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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.

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