Laugh and Learn Self-Help Series for Ages 8-13

We have recently discovered this amazing series of books that range in topics from disorganization to homework help. They address one specific topic in each book in a relate-able and easily understood manner. The formatting of each book is designed to engage them quickly, and encourage your child to independently begin to use the strategies they offer. With catchy titles and minimal text per page your child should be excited to peek inside and learn some new tricks.

Some of our favorites in the series include:

“How to Do Homework without Throwing Up” By:Trevor Romain

“Get Organized Without Losing It” By: Janet S. Fox

“Stress Can Really Get on Your NERVES!” By: Trevor Romain and Elisabeth Verdick

This Series of books includes titles relating to Bullying, Procrastination, Rudeness, Anger and conflict resolution, and how to deal with siblings.They also carrying some of these in DVD format as well.  Check out this series, as well as, some additional books that address a wide variety of self-help topic for a various age ranges at www.freespirit.com

Blog by: Laney London, COTA/L, IMC

For further information contact us at 941-360-0200 or visit us at www.pediatrictherapysolution.com

Book Review-”The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism”

Written by Naoki Higashida and Translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell

This book was written by a 13-year-old child diagnosed with Autism who lives in Japan.  Naoki Higashida uses an alphabet grid to communicate and answer questions set forth.  The book is set-up in an interview-like fashion with over 100 pages of questions.  Naoki’s raw answers to questions, we all wish we could ask of our children on the Autism Spectrum, were nothing short of thought provoking.  Examples of such questions include: “Why do you need cues and prompts?” “Why do you flap your fingers and hands in front of your face?” and “Why are you too sensitive or insensitive to pain?” Naoki’s responses are written referring to both himself, specifically, and children with Autism as a whole. One verse that is repeated and underlying in most answered questions was simply this, “We don’t want you to give up on us.  Please, keep battling alongside us.”  Tearing jerking at times, this book was a good read for insight.  Some points were well-received, but some were questioned and very subjective in nature.  Overall, we give The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism 3.5/5 stars.

 

“One of the most remarkable books I’ve ever read. It’s truly moving, eye-opening, incredibly vivid.”—Jon Stewart, The Daily Show