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Top Ten – The most popular children’s books in the library

Top 10 most popular children's books in our library

Find out which are the 10 most popular books for children in our postal lending library.

C0031 & C0092 Hands are not for Hitting by Martine Agassi

A board book suitable for young children

C0077 My Brother is Different by Louise Gorrod

A non-fiction book published by the National Autistic Society featuring illustrated characters, suitable for all age groups

C0093 & C0233 Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A guide for friends and family by Jude Welton

A non-fiction book featuring a child called Adam. An illustrated book suitable for 7 to 15 year olds

C0075 My Social Stories Book by Carol Gray

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters. Written for young children up to 6

C0149 A Book About What Autism Can Be Like by Sue Adams

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters, aimed at 8 to 12 year olds.

C0176 & C0245 The Red Beast: controlling anger in children with Asperger Syndrome by K I AL-Ghani

An illustrated story book written in conjunction with the National Autistic Society aimed at 7 to 11 year olds

C0065 Different Like Me: my book of autism heroes by Jennifer Elder

A non-fiction illustrated book featuring notable individuals with autism aimed at 8 to 12 year olds

C0253 All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome by Kathy Hoopman

A non-fiction book with photographs and captions aimed at all age groups

C0160 My Brother is Autistic by Jennifer Moore Mallinos

An illustrated story book suitable for small children

C0181 & C0219 What is it Like to be Me? A book about a boy with Asperger’s Syndrome by Alenka Klemenc

A non-fiction book with illustrated characters aimed at small children

You can find a full list of all the children’s books we have in the library on the library page of our website. You can borrow the children’s books on behalf of your child, as with the sensory toys. Sorry, but children can’t be library members themselves.

Uniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

uniquely humanUniquely Human: a different way of seeing autism

by Dr Barry M Prizant
ISBN 9780285643338
£20.00

We all have different coping strategies. Think about the behaviours associated with autism? Hand flapping, spinning, rocking, a restricted range of interests. A lot of current thinking aims to eliminate these behaviours. But what if they are strategies to cope, to adapt and to communicate your emotions? What if the current thinking is just treating an autistic person as a problem to be solved rather than an individual to be understood? Dr Prizant draws on his four decades of experience from working in the field of autism to present his thoughts and suggestions for helping those with autism to live more fulfilling lives and to help their relatives find a greater understanding.

We now have this book available to borrow in our library, along with a wide range of other books on autism and other special needs. Why not take a look at our book list?

Items in the lending library on Communication

Communication help from our library

Communication is a popular topic so we have lots of books on it as well as more practical help like PECS cards and Communication Aids.

Books

  • L1210 Trouble Talking: a guide for parents of children with speech and language difficulties by James Law
  • L6215 More Than Words: helping parents promote communication and social skills in children with autism by Fern Sussman
  • L6238 Communication Issues in Autism and Asperger Syndrome by Olga Bogdashina
  • L6242 The Classroom and Communication Skills Programme by Megan Ahlers
  • L6347 Developmental Speech Language Training Through Music for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Hayoung Lim
  • L6381 Enabling Communication in Autism by Carol Potter
  • L6411 Helping Children to Improve Their Communication Skills: therapeutic activities for teachers by Deborah Plummer
  • L6460 Children with Social Emotional and Behaviour Difficulties and Communication Problems by Melanie Cross
  • L6461 A Pictures Worth: PECS and other visual communication strategies in autism by Andy Bondy
  • L6468 Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome by Libby Kumin
  • L6485 Small Talk: simple ways to boost your child’s speech and language from birth by Nicola Lathey
  • L6515 Teach Me With Pictures: 40 picture scripts to develop play and communication skills in children on the autism spectrum by Simone Griffin
  • L6532 Rising to New Heights of Communication and Learning for Children with Autism by Carol Spears
  • L6533 Augmentative and Alternative Communication: models and applications for… caregivers and users by Filip Loncke
  • L6540 Developing Communication for Autism Using Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay
  • L6546 Social and Communication Development in Autism Spectrum Disorder: early identification and intervention by Tony Charman
  • L6586 Talk to Me: conversation strategies for parents of children on the autism spectrum by Heather Jones
  • L6644 Other Ways of Speaking: supporting children and young people who have no speech or whose speech is difficult to understand by the Communication Trust
  • L6658 Giggletime: establishing the social connection a programme to develop the communication skills of children with autism by Susan Aud Sonders

Audio visual

  • AV6388 Talkabout: social communication skills (DVD)
  • AV6409 ISPEEK at Home: over 1300 visual communication images (CD-ROM)
  • AV6538 Discovery Pathways to Better Speech for Children with Down Syndrome (DVD)

PECS cards

  • C0208 PECS Cards Keyrings: ‘Instructions and Behaviour’ and ‘Feelings and Emotions’

Portable Communication Aids in the sensory library

  • SmartTalk – 8 picture communication aid, recordable
  • Partner 4 Plus – 4 picture communication aid, recordable
  • iTalk2 – 2 button communication aid, recordable

If you would like to borrow any of these or any other books from our library, it is free of charge. Please contact Jan the Librarian on 01267 244203 or janetp@cerebra.org.uk

Consultations – February 2016

Our monthly round-up of some current open consultations that parents and professionals who help children with brain conditions may want to give their opinions on.

“What about YOUth?”
Consultation about the results of a survey of local authority data about health behaviours among 15-year-olds. The data is about general health, diet, use of free time, physical activity, smoking, drinking, emotional wellbeing, drugs and bullying, (Dept of Health).
Closing date: 28 February 2016

Children’s social work reform
A Education Select Committee enquiry on the reform of social work for children (England).
Closing date: 4 March 2016

Resources – February 2016

ResourcesA roundup of resources that might be useful for families of children with brain conditions.

Bookwitty
A resource “bringing books, ideas and people together” on any subject. Searching for a topic brings up articles, book titles and ideas, and it is also possible to contribute to the website.

How to be a great autistic individual employer
A guide aimed at people with autism and their families who are looking to employ a Personal Assistant. One of a set of three guides relevant to autism, (Skills for Health).

Contact a Family Podcasts
Contact a Family have a series of podcasts, the latest one gives information about Carer’s Allowance.

Growing up, sex and relationships
Guide for parents of teenagers with disabilities, with an information leaflet for young people, (Contact a Family).

Curing the Winter Blues
Article about overcoming SAD (“the winter blues”) from Autism Society. Geared to adults with autism, but of interest to a wider audience.

The trials of toilet-training an older child with autism
A blog written by a parent of an autistic (Autism Awareness Centre).

Events

Rare Disease Day
29 February 2015
On and around this day hundreds of patient organisations from countries and regions all over the world will hold awareness-raising activities based on the slogan: Join us in making the voice of rare diseases heard.

News – February 2016

newspapers (1)Our monthly roundup of news relevant to families of children with brain conditions.

New NICE guideline QS107
A new quality standard covering preventing unintentional injury in under 15s.

Legislation

2016 No.48 (W.20), The Cancellation of Student Loans for Living Costs Liability (Wales) Regulations 2016
From 1 August 2016, circumstances where part of a loan liability can be cancelled.

2016 No. 44, The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 (Relevant Services in relation to Children at Risk of Becoming Looked After etc.) Order 2016
From 31 August 2016, definitions, services and information.

2016 No. 21, The Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016
From 29 February 2016, small changes to the arrangements for students’ financial support.

2016 No. 45, The Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2016
From 1 February 2016, further regulations about the detention of children.

2016 asp 3, Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Act 2016
Mostly from January 2016, description of the offence and penalties.