Three Books Reviews Pertaining to the Field of Autism

Introduction

This issue of NASET's Autism Spectrum Disorder series will focus on three separate book reviews pertaining to the field of autism.

Book Review # 1 by Eilyn Sanabria: The field of autism is a widely-researched field nowadays. However, very little has been discussed about how the physical well-being of children and adults with autism impacts their lives and their learning. The book The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be, by Dr. Martha Herbert with Karen Weintraub, seeks to shed new light into new dimensions that may be affecting the quality of life and learning of these children and adults. Special educators play a major role in the lives of children with autism; therefore, this book serves as a revolutionizing guide for them to look at autism through a different lens, which will allow them to adapt instruction and make modifications using a more “whole-body” approach.

Book Review #2 Apryl Mathews: For so many years, parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or sensory processing disorder (SPD) have been looking for a solution to building social and motor skills. The answer is finally here, Early Intervention Games: Fun, Joyful Ways to Develop Social and Motor Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum or Sensory Processing Disorders by Barbara Sher is a book that helps caregivers provide the interaction that these children need in a fun and enjoyable way through the power of play.

Book Review #3 by Stephanie Pena: In the book, What Color is Monday, Carrie Cariello describes what life is like for her and her family living with an 8 year old son with autism named Jack. Parents of children with autism will find this book motivational as Mrs. Cariello focuses on the positive aspects of having a son with autism, while still including different struggles her and her family have gone through since they received Jack’s diagnosis. Mrs. Carrielo places a strong emphasis on family and describes how they all (5 children and her husband) support each other, such as all of them joining a karate class together, encouraged by Jack.

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