Saturday, August 30, 2008

Recent Additions to My Library....

Over the past weeks or so I received the following additions to my *dietary interventions, autism spectrum disorder, child advocacy, books specifically written for kids with challenges, adolescent challenges, other odds and ends* library. I haven't had much of chance yet to read, let alone browse, through them (and considering my current paying work load, they'll have to hold a bit):

The Encyclopedia of Dietary Interventions for the Treatment of Autism and Related Disorders

Why Can't My Child Behave
I am going to lend this book to a neigbor of mine whose 5 year old little boy (he's one half of a twin) reminds me very, very, very much of Salamander at that age. Mom IS concerned, but is getting no where with her pediatrician..

What to Do when You Worry too Much, A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety

Taking Care of Myself - A Healthy Hygiene, Puberty and Personal Curriculum for Young People with Autism
I'll share a funny/sad story around Salamander's first tentative attempt in ferreting out what will happen to his body as he gets older. My attitude has always been (and will always be) NO QUESTION IS OFF LIMITS. But I do reserve the right to answer with as many or as little details as I see fit. Salamander's body is changing and he's been asking me loads and loads of questions. I've been answering as best as I could, but heck, I am NOT a guy, I have never gone through the changes from boy child to man child.

So Salamander took his questions to his dad (makes sense, right?). Dad got all flustered (and really, the questions Salamander was asking were still rather benign, along the line of which body parts would get hairy first etc), and Salamander got brushed off with a: "I don't remember", and "I don't know." (These are canned answers I've come to know very, very well - they are uttered, almost in robotic fashion, whenever the subject matter makes the boys' dad even slightly uncomfortable. And trust me, it doesn't take much to make him uncomfortable.. ).

Bottom line, just like with anything else (e.g., teaching the boys' to pee standing up), mommy will also be the designated person for teaching the boys about the changes their bodies will go through, and answering any and all questions as to why *certain things* happen (you get my drift here..). Anybody still wondering why I ended up with *control over everything*?

Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum

If Your Adolescent Has Depression or Bipolar Disorder

If Your Adolescent Has an Anxiety Disorder

When the Labels Don't Fit

And last but not least, something for me: Split.
I have only been able to read a chapter here and there on this one; and what I've read sofar has hit me pretty hard (more on that another time). Let's just see I can identify with and relate to the writer.

[feel free to ask questions about any of these; if I haven't read them yet, I'll tell you. Also, let me know if there are issues around the linky thingies]


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