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New Book on Autism in Our Postal Lending Library

We have a new book available from our Postal Lending Library.Through the eyes of me

‘Through the Eyes of Me’ by Jon Roberts

ISBN 9781912213009  £6.99

Through the eyes of a young child with autism.  This lovely picture book is perfect for describing autism to a very young child.  If you have a young child or grandchild with autism this would be a special book to read with them or their siblings.  The little girl in the book is Kya, she tells us all about the things she loves to do, the things that interest her and the things she doesn’t like.  Like any child with autism she has definite preferences.  It is a beautifully illustrated book with pictures that weave in and out of the text.  It is written by Kya’s dad, who says “we are all unique and precious and should embrace and love those differences with all our heart and being”.

For more information about our library please email janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

New books in our library

In recent months the library has had less money to buy new books and it’s been hard to choose which books to buy out of all the new publications and suggestions from library members.

Here are our most recent new books. We’ve chosen ones on subjects we are asked for most frequently and we’ve received a few donated books too.

Books

  • L6700 Successful Social Stories for Young Children: growing up with social stories by Siobhan Timmins
    ISBN 9781785921124 2016
  • L6702 Toby and Sox: the heartwarming tale of a little boy with autism and a dog in a million by Vikky Turner
    ISBN 9781785032004 2016
  • L6698 The Out of Sync Child Grows Up: coping with sensory processing disorder in the adolescent and young adult years by Carol Stock Kranowitz
    ISBN 9780399176319 2016
    This is the latest book in the very popular series of the out of sync child books
  • L6699 Understanding Sensory Processing Disorders in Children: a guide for parents and professionals by Matt Mielnick
    ISBN 9781785927522 2017
  • L6671 Neurotribes: the legacy of autism and how to think smarter about people who think differently by Oliver Sacks
    ISBN 9781760113643 2015
    The Sunday Times Bestseller and winner of Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction 2015
  • L6694 The Gentle Sleep Book: a guide for calm babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers by Sarah Ockwell-Smith
    ISBN 9780349405209 2015
  • L6685 More Than Words: helping parents promote communication and social skills in children with autism spectrum disorder by Fern Sussman
    This is an extra copy of a very popular title very kindly donated to us by a library member
  • L6708 Hope: celebrate your baby with Down Syndrome by Tania Khan
    Donated by the author
  • L6701 Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination in Schools: a legal handbook by Sarah Hannett et al, published by the Legal Action Group
    ISBN 9781098407764 2017

DVD

AV6691 Autism and Me by Rory Hoy
This is a very good dvd of a television documentary, explaining what it’s like to have autism, that is often recommended to people after their child has been diagnosed.

Children’s Books – ages 5 to 8+

  • C0266 Autism Superheroes by Johanna Manikiza, published by ASD Info in Wales
    Non-Fiction explaining autism to children (bilingual – in English and Welsh)
  • C0267 Autism Superheroes Comic Strip by Johanna Manikiza published by ASD Info in Wales
    Fiction explaining autism to children (bilingual – in English and Welsh)
  • C0270 Emily’s Sister by Michele Gianetti
    Fiction for the siblings of a child with dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder
  • C0269 My Book of Feelings by Tracey Ross
    Non-fiction explaining different feelings to children
  • C0268 When My Worries Get Too Big by Kari Dun Buron
    Non-fiction explaining anxiety and relaxation to children with developmental disabilities

If you are not already a member of the library fill in the form on our library page.

Book Review: Parenting your disabled child

Our librarian Jan reviews a new book you can borrow from our free postal lending library.

‘Parenting Your Disabled Child: the first three years’

by Margaret Barrett
ISBN 9781847094513
£9.99

If you have only just found out your baby is disabled or you know you are going to give birth to a disabled child, this is a lovely book written in a lovely gentle style that will guide you through the emotions you are likely to feel, suggest coping strategies and offer you suggestions for bringing out the best in your child.

I particularly liked the quotes from parents’ describing the emotions they felt on finding out their child had a disability. They will definitely make you feel you are not alone. The chapter on coping strategies will help you help yourself as a carer.

The largest section of the book looks at areas of child development in the early years from encouraging social development to practical issues like toilet training. It focuses on ways to provide your child with every opportunity for stimulation and interaction, so that you can make sure they have the best start in life.

To borrow this book and for more information about our library please email janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

Books in the library on growing up

books on growing upCheck out the books we have in our postal lending library on growing up.

Going through adolescence

  • How to be yourself in a world that’s different by Yuko Yoshida – C0148 & C0048
  • Freaks Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson – L6291
  • Exploring Friendships Puberty and Relationships: a programme to help children and young people on the Autism Spectrum to cope with the challenges of adolescence by Kate Ripley – L6602
  • Parenting a Teen or Young Adult with Asperger Syndrome: 325 ideas insights tips and strategies by Brenda Boyd – L6650
  • Social Skills Training for Adolescents with General Moderate Learning Difficulties by Ursula Cornish – L1720
  • Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum by Chantal Sicile-Kira – L6133
  • Asperger Syndrome Adolescence and Identity: looking beyond the label by Harvey Molloy – L1614

Going through puberty

  • Taking Care of Myself: a hygiene puberty and personal curriculum for young people with Autism by Mary Wrobel – L6323 (this book covers both boys and girls)
  • How It Is: an image vocabulary for children about feelings, rights and safety, personal care and sexuality by the NSPCC – L5986
  • The Boys Guide to Growing Up: choices and changes during puberty by Terri Couwenhoven – L6483
  • What’s Happening to Ellie? A book about puberty for girls and young women with autism and related conditions by Kate Reynolds – C0248
  • Girl Talk: a survival guide to growing up by Caroline Plaisted – C0218
  • Teaching Children with Down Syndrome about their Bodies, Boundaries and Sexuality by Terri Couwenhoven – L6262
  • Sexuality and Severe Autism: a practical guide for parents caregivers and health educators by Kate Reynolds – L6505
  • Aspergers Syndrome and Sexuality: from adolescence through adulthood by Isabelle Henault – L6650

Transition to adult services

  • Personalisation in Practice: supporting young people with disabilities through the transition to adulthood by Suzie Franklin – L6536
  • Achieving Successful Transitions for Young People with Disabilities: a practical guide by Jill Hughes – L6655

To borrow books from the library please email the librarian Jan Pugh on janetp@cerebra.org.uk.

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?

Clueless Clarence Book Review

Our librarian Jan reviews a new book available to borrow for free from our postal lending library.

clueless-clarenceClueless Clarence: 5th April 2007
by Zoe Hunter and Leslie Roberts
ISBN 9781785076091
£14.99

Meet Clarence and his family. Clueless Clarence is a book of the innermost thoughts of a 15 going on 16 year old boy with mild Autism. From a day by day diary written over the course of 2008 to a selection of his poems. This is a quirky fun and imaginative book that joins fact and fiction. Any parent with an autistic child will recognise the anxieties and the preoccupations and any teenager with a diagnosis will recognise that they are not the only one.

Book Review: The Girl with the Curly Hair

Our librarian Jan reviews The Girl with the Curly Hair, by Alis Rowe.

‘The Girl with the Curly Hair Asperger’s and Me’ by Alis Rowe

the girl with the curly hair book2013  Lonely Mind Books
ISBN  9780956269324

This book is a real insight into what life is like with Asperger’s. Particularly for a girl with Asperger’s, as many of the typical Aspie traits seen in boys aren’t necessarily there in girls. Alis, the author finally got a diagnosis when she was in her twenties. She writes very candidly about school life, home life and social life and gives tips for friends and family to help them see things how an Aspie sees them. There are also sections on hypermobility, hypersensitivity and co-ordination issues, which so often go hand in hand with having an autism spectrum disorder.  This is such an accessible book, you feel you are having a conversation directly with the author. It would be particularly good for parents and other relatives to read.

Other books in the ‘Girl with the Curly Hair’ series that we have in the library

asperger's syndrome in 5-8 year olds bookAsperger’s Syndrome in 5-8 Year Olds

ISBN 9781512034950

Written for the parents and teachers of children with Asperger’s. Using a series of cartoons this book explains how an Aspie feels in everyday situations. This one covering 5 to 8 year olds looks at play, feelings, friendships and life at home.

asperger's syndrome in 8-11 year olds bookAsperger’s Syndrome in 8 – 11 Year Olds

ISBN 9781511611893

This one is the next in the series and covers children with Asperger’s as they develop. This book focuses on behaviours, like anxiety and how to understand how it feels from the child’s perspective. Great for parents, other relatives and friends and ideal for the child to read themselves.

1st comic bookThe 1st Comic Book

ISBN 9780956269317

This one is new in the library and explains social situations going into adulthood. It explains how everyday situations feel quite different to a person with Asperger’s compared to a person who is neurotypical.

You can find out more about The Curly Hair Project on their website http://thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk/ The Project has been set up to help girls and women with Asperger’s. They are a social enterprise offering things like workshops, a bookshop and ASD training for teachers and NHS staff. There is also an online blog that you can subscribe to.

To borrow any of these books contact Jan on janetp@cerebra.org.uk or 01267 244203.

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

Books on ABI in the Library

As part of Action for Brain Injury Week, we take a look at the books in our library on ABI.

  • L1260 Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation: children and adolescents by Mark Ylvisaker
  • L6274 Head Injury the Facts by Headway
  • L6358 Unthinkable: a mother’s tragedy terror and triumph through a child’s traumatic brain injury by Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie
  • L6396 Stroke in Childhood: clinical guidelines for diagnosis management and rehabilitation by the Paediatric Stoke Working Group
  • L6432 Living with an Acquired Brain Injury: a practical life skills workshop by Nicholas Hedley
  • L6433 Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury: evaluating the evidence by Rebecca Koehler
  • L6442 Traumatic Head Injury in Children by Sarah H Broman
  • L6542 Educating Children with Acquired Brain Injury by Sue Walker
  • L6543 Hold My Hand: a mother’s journey by Glenys Carl
  • L6622 Battling Brain Injury: the life that Jack built by Jack Martindale
  • L6648 Missing Pieces: mending the head injury family by Marilyn Colter

Children’s books

  • C0121 Sam and the Green Velvet Monkey by Judith Middleton
  • C0138 A Hit on the Head and Where it Led by Jennifer Cooper Trent

DVD

  • AV6395  Brain Injury a Look Inside by Richard C Senelick

All of these materials are available to borrow free of charge from our Postal Lending Library. If you would like to request an item or join the library, please contact our Librarian Jan at janetp@cerebra.org.uk or 0800 3281159.