Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book uses Positive Psychology to Improve the Lives of those with Autism

Encouraging people on the autism spectrum to foster positive emotions and character traits can dramatically improve their lives in every way. This helps to strengthen their ability to cope with everyday challenges and setbacks. Drawing on the key concepts of positive psychology, the new book How Everyone on the Autism Spectrum, Young and Old, looks at the positive character traits—resilience, optimism, humor, kindness and self-efficacy—and offers tried-and-tested strategies for bolstering each of these strengths in individuals with autism spectrum disorder.

The authors provide a number of lesson plans with activities designed to build on the five areas identified. Easily implemented at home, at school or in the community. This complete toolkit provides parents, educators and other professionals with everything they need to use positive psychology strategies to support people of all ages and abilities on the autism spectrum. To order,

Learn to Have Fun with Your Senses

The Sensory Avoider’s Survival Guide to Have Fun with Your Senses

Dr. John Taylor helps kids of all ages learn about and overcome their sensory defensiveness.

In 10 concise chapters, kids will learn how to stop overreacting and cope with sensory problems that may have seemed overwhelming to them before. Dr. Taylor shows them how to relax and have fun with:

  • Touch
  • Movement
  • Hearing
  • Vision
  • Taste and smell

Also included are special sections for parents, teachers and occupational therapists, so they can better help readers help themselves.
John F. Taylor, Ph.D., has also written The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD and The Early Childhood Fun Express (which he coauthored).

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Informational Website Supports Educators and Parents of Children with Autism

TeachTown, Inc., an innovative developer of educational software and video modeling technology, has launched a new, information-packed website in support of children with autism and special needs