April is autism awareness month

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
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My Child Has Autism: What Every Parent Needs to Know, by Clarissa Willis, Ph.D., helps parents cope by explaining autism and the major characteristics associated with the disorder, and offers uncomplicated strategies for helping their child function at home, school and in the community. The book provides strategies to help kids learn to be independent, succeed in school, build social skills, and communicate with others. Available for $12.95 at gryphonhouse.com.

In 2004, Chantal Sicile-Kira's Autism Spectrum Disorders became the essential guide for parents of children with a wide range of special needs and was named Outstanding Book of the Year by the Autism Society of America.

In 2006, Sicile-Kira turned her attention to the booming demographic of autistic adolescents, offering practical and

much-needed information in Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. Now, in her third book, the author presents a positive and empowering "bill of rights" for every person on the autism spectrum.

Autism Life Skills: From Communication and Safety to Self-Esteem and More-10 Essential Abilities Every Child Needs and Deserves to Learn arms parents with an action plan to help each child pursue a satisfying, productive life. For parents of children with Asperger's, Nonverbal Learning Disorders, and more severely impaired autism, as well as related conditions, this empowering and practical guide will provide help, hope and answers-so every child has a chance to reach his or her full potential. Trade paperback, $14.95.

Trusted authority Travis Thompson, author of the bestselling book, Making Sense of Autism, takes readers beyond understanding the disorder and reveals specific ways to help children overcome everyday challenges and develop critical skills they'll use their entire lives.

Dr. Thompson's Straight Talk on Autism is based on the latest research and the author's extensive clinical experience. These ready-to-use tips and strategies will help children with autism spectrum disorders meet tough challenges head-on: increasing tolerance for change; establishing secure, trusting relationships; overcoming stimulus intolerance and much more. Available at brookespublishing.com for $24.95.

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