I've added a new book review to the "books for adults & teens" section of this website. I admit that I am not qualified to comment on most of the advice offered in "Raising Resilient Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," but I was impressed by the fact that this book not only reiterates advice offered by Temple Grandin, but also quotes Temple directly. It is always cheering to see so-called "experts" being flexible to listen to those of us successfully living with disabilities.
I had one of those moments yesterday that restores one's faith in humanity. A mother came up to the reference desk & asked if we had any books that she could use to explain autism to her first grade daughter. We have a choice of autism materials so I immediately said yes and then tried to pinpoint exactly what the mother was looking for, "Are you looking for a sibling or a classmate or. . ."
Mom's reply was as follows:
Oh, my daughter was doing her Valentines, and I said to her, "You don't have enough here. There are more kids on your class list than this." She said to me, "Oh, I forgot the autism kids," but I don't think she understands what she's saying.
I'm sure the other children in her daughter's class benefitted from this mom's intervention and I'm sure her daughter did as well. She also made my day! So many well-meaning adults feel awkward discussing disabilities--it was great to see a mom who is willing to both tackle a situation head on and to seek out the information she and her daughter need to address things in a sensitive, informed manner.
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.