The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (and Their Parents)

Free Spirit. Jun. 2021. 248p. ISBN 9781631985997. pap. $19.99. CHILD REARING
Child psychiatrist Reeve and children’s book author Verdick (Voices Are Not for Yelling) are both parents of children on the autism spectrum and understand that a child’s diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder can be confusing for parents and the child themself. With a colorful and simple-to-read format, their book covers a broad variety of ASD and experiences of people on the spectrum, including those who excel or struggle academically, and those who have intense interests or repeated motor movements. Part one is a primer on symptoms and sensory processing and includes profiles of famous people with ASD. It also addresses questions and focuses on the need to build a team of helpers. Part two contains practical information on day-to-day life at home, at school, and out in the world. Part three considers physical and emotional issues and explores how exercise, nutrition, sleep, and relaxation can help build health and increase confidence. Reeve and Verdick also talk about ways for parents to discuss ASD or share a diagnosis with their child; they say that this conversation may be daunting to parents. The book does not specifically address intersections of ASD with race, gender, or class.
VERDICT This quick, valuable read will be a useful addition to library collections.
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