Here are some resources and links I’ve found helpful:
- “Raising a Sensory Smart Child” by Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L and Nancy Peske – The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues
- “Making Sense of Autism Spectrum Disorders” by James Coplan, M.D. – Create the Brightest Future for Your Child with the Best Treatment Options
- “Toddler 411 (2nd Edition)” by Denise Fields and Ari Brown, M.D. – Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Toddler (Not a book specific to autism, but I’ve found it super-helpful for a wide range of daily parenting questions and concerns.)
- “The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across The Spectrum” by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek – A Cutting-Edge Report from the Cusp of the Autism Revolution
- “The New Social Story Book” by Carol Gray – Over 150 Social Stories That Teach Everyday Social Skills to Children with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome, and Their Peers
- “How Do I Teach This Kid?” by Kimberly A. Henry – Visual Work Tasks for Beginning Learners on the Autism Spectrum
- “The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder” by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
- “The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun: Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder” by Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A.
- “1001 Great Ideas for Teaching & Raising Children with Autism or Asperger’s” by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk
- “Early Intervention Games” by Barbara Sher – Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders
- The Autism Mom Coach with Lisa Candera
- Coffee With Caregivers with Jessica E. Ronne
- Ruthless Compassion with Dr. Marcia Sirota
Information (Dental Care, Sleep Issues):
- A Guide to Dental Care for Children with Autism – courtesy of byte Community Initiatives
- The Sleep Problems of Children with Autism – courtesy of early bird by Amerisleep
Captain Awesome’s Favorite Things (stuff my son likes)
Videos like these can sometimes be found on Amazon or in second-hand stores. Some are now only available through streaming services. Do NOT be dissuaded from a title just because it’s aimed at babies or toddlers! Many of these videos feature older children, and their educational content may be appropriate for an older child who needs help with learning or reinforcing language and vocabulary skills. Videos like Baby Einstein, in addition to introducing vocab and concepts, feature classical music and calming imagery that could be comforting when your child needs a break.
- Baby Einstein Videos
- Signing Time! Videos
- BumbleBee Kids Vocabulary Builder Videos
- Baby Babble Speech-Enhancing Videos
- Baby Signing Time! Videos
Apps – Great skill building! Entertaining games and videos! Many of these have free “lite” versions to try before buying. Again, do not be dissuaded if an app is marketed for babies or toddlers. An older child might enjoy or benefit from an app depending on developmental or interest level.
- Sound Touch (Please note: Once purchased, you need to go to Settings on your device to turn on the voice over!)
- Sound Touch 2 (See note above)
- Video Touch (You will need to download all the different versions separately – animals, vehicles, wild birds, sea life, music, wild animals, bugs/insects – but they connect to each other in one app when opened.)
- Endless Reader
- Endless Alphabet
- Endless 123
- PBS Kids Video
I will be adding to this list, so check back in the future!
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