Jul 07

Young people who feel marginalized due to physical differences or disabilities may benefit from discovering fictional characters who face similar difficulties. This unique bibliography surveys the field of children’s and young adult literature published since 1990, identifying 200 quality books that deal with a wide range of contemporary health and self-image topics…. More >>

Voices from the Margins: An Annotated Bibliography of Fiction on Disabilities and Differences for Young People

Jul 06

In this especially timely, painstakingly positive work, a children’s film coach recounts her adoption of a troubled Russian toddler and her long, tortuous, ultimately enlightening journey to treat his nonverbal autism. A former actress, Hall worked as a successful “baby wrangler” for Hollywood feature films; 40-something, married nine years, active in her Jewish faith, and devastated by successive miscarriages, she along with her then husband traveled to an orphanage in Yekaterinburg, Russia, to adopt a quiet two-year-old. Neal, as she named him, couldn’t speak or make eye contact, and despite Hall’s belief in his innate intelligence, the boy was eventually diagnosed with “severe sensory dysfunction.” She beautifully chronicles Neal’s development to the age of his bar mitzvah vis-a-vis his responses–positive and negative–to the slew of experts and coaches Hall found to create therapies tailored to his very individual needs. Though Hall’s marriage dissolved under the pressure of Neal’s care, and there were moments Hall truly believed she and her son were “slouching toward normal,” she had to accept that Neal would never be “cured” of autism. She created her life’s work in the Miracle Project, a theater arts program for autistic kids (eventually made into the Emmy Award–winning documentary Autism: The Musical). More >>

Now I See the Moon: A Mother, a Son, a Miracle

Jun 29

Featuring contributions from professionals working and researching in a wide variety of fields, the book provides invaluable information, support, and guidance on educating a child with Fragile X…. More >>

Educating Children with Fragile X Syndrome: A Multi-Professional View

Jun 28

Bryna Siegel gives parents of autistic children what they need most: hope. Her first book, The World of the Autistic Child, became an instant classic, illuminating the inaccessible minds of afflicted children. Now she offers an equally insightful, thoroughly practical guide to treating the learning disabilities associated with this heartbreaking disorder.

The trouble with treating autism, Siegel writes, is that it is a spectrum disorder–a combination of a nu… More >>

Helping Children with Autism Learn: Treatment Approaches for Parents and Professionals

Jun 26

The incredible story of a family with an autistic son, Dale, who conquers his disability thanks to the special bond he forms with Henry, a golden retriever puppy. More >>

A Friend Like Henry: The Remarkable True Story of an Autistic Boy and the Dog That Unlocked His World

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