Sunday, January 11, 2009

My Favorite Books

Ima Mom wanted us to share our books so here I go:

Marshall's favorites (some of which I think I got from Ima Mom)
We like to read this one when Marshall is mad-
Here is one when we talk about not hitting and what we SHOULD use our hands for:Marshall loves numbers so this is one of his favorite books. It give examples of how big a million, a billion and a trillion are by using things kids can understand. He usually picks this one.

In my house, you can't go wrong with Froggy books. Marshall has a bunch of them and he loves to read them. I think one thing that endears him to the books is how repetitive they are. Froggy flops around and goes, flop, flop, flop a lot. He is an independent kid (ok a frog) who messes up sometimes just like our kids.

Books for helping me understand my child are another story. I read part of this one but we're not actually convinced Marshall has Asperger's Syndrome. We think he's still on the spectrum though. If you have a diagnosis of Asperger's, I totally recommend this book. It helps you understand your child. Even if you have 2 children with Asperger's, they could be totally different. This goes through subtypes of Asperger's and helps you understand how to deal with the children in those areas. It is a great book and I'm willing to lend it out to anyone who wants to read it.
I can't tell you enough good things about the book Raising A Sensory Smart Child. I tried reading The Out of Sync Child but I just couldn't seem to keep reading, much less really understand what it was about. This book not only helps you understand Sensory Integration Dysfunction, it gives you great tips on how to combat the sensory problems. For example, if your child is so oversensitive that brushing teeth is a major challenge, they tell you to massage the gums first. This book is a wealth of information. I'm so glad I own it! Again, if you want to borrow this one, I'd be happy to lend it out.

Nathan has ADHD and Anxiety so for him, I read the book Helping Your Anxious Child. It helps you learn techniques to teach them how to deal with anxiety situations and solve the problems themselves. I haven't finished it yet but I'm still working on it.

We LOVE books in our family. Nathan got several books for Christmas and we've already taken turns reading them. So, I'll throw one in at the end here that is just for fun. It is Nathan's and my favorite new series...The 39 Clues. Ooh, I can't wait for book 3 to come out!!!! I feel like I should be on Reading Rainbow!!


Melissa said...

Thanks so much for sharing your books! I am going to look into the one about Sensory Integration Disorder. It's a new diagnosis for us, and one I am not that knowledgable in. One of Josh's therapist told me she found a good book about SID, but I haven't actually gotten the author from her. It's not something that is readily available. I had a much easier time find books on Autism, than SID. Thanks so much for the wonderful ideas!

Kim said...

Does the book about sensory integration disorder talk about kids who don't get enough stimulation? My daughter is in the process of testing for Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and I would love as much info about it as I can get. thanks

Anita Nap said...

Yes, it talks about both hypersensitive and hyposensitive. My son is a mixture of both. Mostly he is a sensory seeker but sometimes he avoids like crazy. He's a puzzle!!

Ima Mom said...

I have a lot of SID/ SPD books and links along with Anita Nap on another website http://parenting We have four children with sensory issues and there are some great resources out there. I really like the Out of Synch Child has fun. It's a book with a lot of activities for children to do for stimulation and soothing. Ian's walk is my son's favorite picture book even though the boy is autistic in the book, SPD kids can relate to a lot of autism spectrum behaviors.

Anita Nap said...

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun is a great resource..definitely!!

Kim said...

Thanks so much for the helpful info, I will try to take some time this week and go through all of it. I love this blog because there is soo much info that can be shared and used by those of us who HAVE to deal with professionals that have no idea what it is like for parents who have children with special needs. There's nothing worse than a doctor or thearapist telling you how you should feel about something. Thanks again,
KIM :)