book/movie about a child with Autism

Candace - posted on 03/12/2012 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son was recently diagnosed with Autism. I was told by someone on Circle of Moms to read a book or watch a movie (sorry can't remember which) about a child with Autism. Any suggestions?

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Danielle - posted on 03/18/2012

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A book I enjoyed was called " All I can handle. I'm no Mother Teresa" by Kim Stagliano. It is a mothers narrative of her life with her three girls faced with Autism.



Movies I liked was the HBO bio of Temple Grandin played by Claire Danes, released in 2010. There is also an online documentary called "Making our way: Autism" that I enjoyed watching as well.



There is also a David Suziki CBC T.v episode from "The nature of things" that was about Autism and the digestive tracks in the individuals with Autism. He claims there may be a link with a bacteria found in the stomach of those affected. Apparently there is a high number of individuals who often have diahreah, and digestive issues, and also have Autism.

I am unsure what to make of that documentary. There are many opposing viewpoint based on their studies and research.

Katherine - posted on 03/12/2012

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https://www.google.com/search?source=ig&hl=en&rlz=1G1GGLQ_ENUS292&q=number+one+books+on+children+with+autism&oq=number+one+books+on+children+with+autism&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=376l11217l0l11693l37l35l1l21l22l0l429l3229l1.3.4.4.1l13l0





Here are a bunch of books.

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Melissa - posted on 03/26/2012

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I really like the temple gradin story. Very inspirational. Ive also read the book Jenny McCarthy wrote about her experience with her son. There is also one called 101 things you should know about a autism. It goes from diagnosis all the way thru adulthood. Was written by a father with an autistic son. These r just a few that's helped me. Also autism speaks is a great website. Good luck. Hope this helps.

Jaymi - posted on 03/25/2012

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The movie Temple Grandin really encouraged me. I have a 9-year-old with significant autism. The movie gave me some insight to what may be going on inside him. IHe is mostly non-verbal, although he is making progress!! Love my sweet boy.

Kristin - posted on 03/21/2012

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A complete guide to Asperger's Syndrome by Tony Attwood is a great place to start. http://www.tonyattwood.com.au/ will tell you a bit more about Dr Attwood. He is one of the leading specialists on Asperger's.



A friend like Henry. A beautiful story told by a mother of a boy with Asperger's, and how a pet dog helped him start communicating.



All cats have Aspergers is a picture book which is great for kids or to give adults an overview of Asperger's.



If you have other children, the Australian movie The Black Balloon tells the story from the point of view of a teenage brother of an autistic boy. It really shows the pressure a child with autism can put on a family. Have a box of tissues ready. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865297/ for a review. You can google "buy The Black Balloon" to get a copy.

Candace - posted on 03/21/2012

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Thanks. We actually don't do Early Intervention anymore because in our area you only qualify up until age 3. My son has been in the public school system since October 2011 and I love it. The county that we live in has a great special education program for ages 2 and up. Through the school system he gets his Speech and OT which really helps me because I don't have to worry about getting off to take him to therapy which is what I was doing when he was in Early Intervention. My son loves his teachers, therapists, and bus drivers. He actually looks forward to the school bus coming down the street. Thank you all again for the resources.

Maria Victoria - posted on 03/21/2012

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"every child is special" and 'heaven ocean" you can search it on the "youtube".. I have a 15- year old autism. good luck with early intervention i KNOW your child will be the best that he can be.

Candace - posted on 03/20/2012

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Thank you so much Patty, I couldn't remember the name of the boy. I do have my son in therapy. He does OT and Speech. Develpomental Pediatrician suggests Behavior therapy but we haven't started it yet. He has his godd days and not so good days but I know that everything will be fine. Thank you all for your suggestions and I will definitely look into your suggestions.

Terrie - posted on 03/20/2012

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Carly's Voice is a good book to read. It gives you insight into the world of Autism from the Autistics person's point of view. Carly is a person that was diagnosed with Autism but was non-verbal. Then suddenly she started typing on a computer. There is more to it than that. A whole new world opened up to her and she was able to tell her story and how she feels. I have gained much insight from it and have been able to help my son more. Of course there are books out there talking about the symptoms of Autism, Applied Behavior Analysis, nutrition and all kinds of things. So it all depends on what approach you want to take.



My suggestion would acctually be to get him started in therapy. If he is under three I would look into early childhood intervention and also check to see if there is a child study center close by because those places can help with therapy.

Latonya - posted on 03/19/2012

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I learned more about how to deal with my child by attending to her needs specifically. Autism is such a broad spectrum sometimes it's hard to do what works for other children with mine. Also don't allow your child to act any different than you would if he or she didnt have autism. They have some unique qualities but dont we all. I discipline my daughter the same way I discipline my other children and I set expectations for her as well.

Candace - posted on 03/16/2012

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the book or movies that I'm talking about is called After _______. Sorry, don't know what name should fill in the blank but I do remember that it was a boy's name.

Laura - posted on 03/15/2012

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Hi, there are several. Autism: The Musical is incredible (an HBO documentary). Airing again on ABC on March 31. There are SO many books and blogs -- just google for more info and of course Autism Speaks is a great resource www.autismspeaks.org. Best of luck.

Anitta - posted on 03/15/2012

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ive heard that Mozart and the Whale is a really good movie, its to do with Aspergers though

Terrie - posted on 03/14/2012

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If you have a Kindle, there are dozens of books availble on Autism for less than ten dollars on Amazon. But even so, Amazon has some great book anyway. There was a book that I read a long time ago but I can't remember the name of it. I think it was called to hear your voice or something like that. The book is about a woman that had two Autistic children. One was a girl that had no language at all. It is about ABA training which is a popular method in teaching the Autistic child. it is not necessarily cheap but has helped many.

Misty - posted on 03/12/2012

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The Temple Grandin story is a good one, 101 Games to play with your Asperger's/Autistic/Sensory child is also very good....there are a few others out there... Amazon.com has some great ones on their list too

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