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Helping Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions through Everyday Transitions: Small Changes - Big Challenges

by John Smith, Jane Donlan and Bob Smith Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Pbk 176 pages
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Facing any type of change can cause confusion and anxiety for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. This book looks at the small transitions in everyday life that can be a big deal for a child with autism and offers simple and effective strategies to make change less of a daily challenge.

Explaining why seemingly minor changes to routine can be emotionally distressing for children with autism, this book teaches parents practical solutions for coping with common transitions including switching from a weekday to weekend schedule, the changing of the seasons, and sleeping in a different bed when on holiday. With insights from the authors' personal experiences and helpful scripts, signs and sketches to use along the way, this book shows that with a bit of thought and preparation parents can reduce the stress surrounding change for their child and the whole family.

This book is the perfect tool to help children with autism deal with change in a calmer and more confident manner and will be essential reading for parents and any professionals working alongside them.

Introduction. Section 1: Issues Related to Change. 1. Autism/Asperger Syndrome: A Brief Overview. 2. Change. 3. Emotions. 4. Sensory Overload. Section 2: Examples of Times of Change and How to Use the Transition Techniques at these Times. 5. Weekends. 6. Vacations /Holidays. 7. Public Holidays and Festivals. 8. Other Examples of Times of Change. Section 3: Additional Techniques/Strategies to Use at Times of Change and with Autism in General. 9. Useful Tools to Use with Change: Scripts, Signs and Sketches. 10. General Advice. 11. A Father's Perspective 12. Conclusion. Useful Resources.

John Smith, along with his wife Jane Donlan and their teenage son with AS, Bob (the darling boy pictured on the cover of the book) have come up with a roadmap to help their son navigate the everyday things that can throw one off, such as getting ready for Christmas or planning a vacation to Florida... This book should have been around yesterday, so that I wouldn't have been so anxious and overstimulated at Christmas!
John Smith is a mental health social worker and Bob's father. Jane Donlan is Bob's mother and has been responsible for Bob's home education. Bob Smith is sixteen years old and was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at age eight. John, Jane and Bob live in the north west of England, UK. They regularly give talks, presentations and workshops to share their practical strategies for coping with autism. Their first book Create a Reward Plan for Your Child with Asperger Syndrome is also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.