Resources for Special Needs

This Anguishing Blessed JourneyThis Anguishing Blessed Journey by Sonya Shafer

A faith journal that addresses the spiritual struggles that a parent faces when her child is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Lots of Scripture. Very encouraging. ISBN 1594670803

Let Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph Over AutismLet Me Hear Your Voice: A Family’s Triumph Over Autism by Catherine Maurice

One family’s story of their experience “storming the castle” to bring two of their children back from their autistic “own little world.” Emphasizes ABA therapy. ISBN 0449906647

Behavioral Intervention for Young Children with AutismBehavioral Intervention for Young Children with Autism edited by Catherine Maurice

A how-to manual for ABA therapy. Comprehensive list of skills to teach with detailed instructions, specific tips, and reproducible forms. ISBN 0890796831

Facing AutismFacing Autism by Lynn Hamilton

A narrative of one mother’s experiences working with her autistic child. Includes informative summaries of various therapies available. ISBN 1578562627

Special Diets for Special KidsSpecial Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis

Explains the gluten-free, casein-free (GFCF) diet and gives lots of alternate recipes. ISBN 1885477449

Enzymes for Autism and Other Neurological ConditionsEnzymes for Autism and Other Neurological Conditions by Karen DeFelice

Follows parents in an e-mail loop as they test and refine enzyme therapy with their children. Scientific explanations in easy-to-read language. Lots of practical tips on using enzymes effectively. ISBN 0972591877

Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship PuzzleAutism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle by Steven E. Gutstein

Explains a therapy (Relationship Development Intervention [RDI]) that encourages autistic children to develop emotional sharing and social connectedness through enjoyable activities. Based on research that breaks down the social development of neurologically typical children into six levels with step-by-step stages within each level. Revolutionary concept in therapy that nudges autistic children toward relating without “scripts.” ISBN 1885477708

Relationship Development Intervention with Young ChildrenRelationship Development Intervention with Young Children by Steven E. Gutstein and Rachelle K. Sheely

Describes the enjoyable activities used for Levels 1–3 of Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) as described in Autism/Aspergers: Solving the Relationship Puzzle (see review above). Levels 4–6 activities are given in Relationship Development Intervention with Children, Adolescents and Adults also by Steven E. Gutstein and Rachelle K. Sheely. ISBN 1843107147

web resource logoPREACCH (Parents Rearing and Educating Autistic Children in Christian Homes)

A Christian e-mail loop for parents of ASD children. Moderated by Jill Bond.

web resource logoHouston Neutraceuticals

A manufacturer of enzymes specifically formulated for ASD dietary intervention. Informative FAQ section.

web resource logoHome Schooling Consulting

A Christian home schooling mother of two (one with autism) who offers curriculum consulting, teaching strategies, and information on the how-to’s of home schooling children with and without special needs. We’ve found her counsel practical and valuable.

web resource logoStraight Talk

A how-to manual for parents who want to do their child’s speech therapy at home. Two volumes are available to help with childhood mispronunciations and language development.

web resource logoSuper Duper Publications

A wonderful place to find all kinds of games, assessments, and other educational materials to help you teach a child with various developmental delays. Great detailed catalog and free shipping.

web resource logoGreat Ideas for Teaching

Another great place to find games, assessments, and educational materials for helping with communication disorders.

web resource logoAut-2B-Home

A wonderful blog written by a friend of mine who chronicles her experiences homeschooling her autistic daughter. Lots of detailed how-to’s and links to great resources. Wonderful videos demonstrating RDI therapy.