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Book Review: The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community

Posted May 09 2011 9:20am

Title: The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community: Over 600 must-have tips for making home life and outings easier for everyone!
Author: Kathy Labosh and LaNita Miller
Length: 100 pages
Genre: Nonfiction
Publisher/Date: Future Horizons, 2011
Source: Review copy

The Child with Autism at Home & in the Community is a wonderfully handy compilation of tips covering a wide variety of issues that can crop up when you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder. It is organized by topic, and the tips are listed in bullet form, making this an extremely easy book to use as a quick reference when you are faced with a particular situation.

Kathy Labosh, a mom of two boys with autism, has joined with LaNita Miller, a special educator, to provide this helpful guide. Kathy illustrates her goal for this book in the Preface:

I compare my life’s journey with autism to a hike up the Appalachian Trail. My ability to complete the journey with joy and satisfaction depends upon my ability to take care of myself physically, to prepare mentally for the hard stretches, to use the right tools to make the trek easier, and to have a good support system in place. But more than anything else, what I have needed is a trail to follow and a map to help me when I get lost.

The book is divided into two sections, the first on the home and the second on the community. The chapters in the home section are the various rooms in a house, such as The Child’s Bedroom (sleep!), The Corner (discipline) and the The Front Door (manners). The community section is organized by different places you may be going, such as The Playground, The Grocery Store and Family Gatherings.

I was able to read through the entire book in an hour and found myself nodding along several times and even laughing out loud on occasions. You don’t have to read the whole thing in one sitting to benefit from the information, however. It is arranged in such a way that you can find ideas on a specific topic quickly and easily.

This would be a great book for parents or other caregivers of a child who has been recently diagnosed, as well as a very practical resource for therapeutic support staff or anyone else working with a child in home or community settings.

For more information or to order a copy for yourself, visit Future Horizons .

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