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Day 3: Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism

Posted on April 03, 2014 in Autism

When I met Stephen Shore, I joked to him that I knew his book better than he did. After spending some time with me and doing a few presentations together, he had to agree! I don’t think I have an autobiography more dog-eared, highlighted, or worn than Beyond the Wall. I love so many things about this book but I think I am most drawn to it because in the pages of the book, Stephen starts as a student and becomes a teacher. I really like these two perspectives as it helps me related to learners I support and helps me to consider how a teacher on the spectrum might approach different situations.

What I love most about this book, however, is the …

Day 2: Painted Words: Aspects of Autism Translated

Posted on April 02, 2014 in Autism

Today’s selection is not only one of my teachers, but from one of my friends. However, I am not featuring this book because of that friendship. I am sharing this work because Painted Words is one of the most unique resources out there when it comes to understanding autism “from the inside out”. At first glance, this book does not seem to meet the criteria for this list as it is a poetry collection and an art collection, but Endow also fills this book with compelling prose. Her life stories and experiences are front and center in this text so the reader gets …

Day 1: Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence

Posted on April 01, 2014 in Autism

If you have read my work in the last decade or two, you know that it is peppered with quotes from one of my very favorite books, Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence by Luke Jackson. When I first got a copy of this book, I read it cover to cover and subsequently bought copies for several of my colleagues.

Freaks was one of the first full-length personal accounts written solely by a young person on the spectrum so that made it really unique. However, the reason I was so drawn to the book was the writing. It is so candid and direct, the reader cannot help but …

Autism Awareness Month: 30 Autobiographies in 30 Days

Posted on March 31, 2014 in Autism

If you have been following me on my blog or on Facebook for a few years, you know that I typically use Autism Awareness Month to highlight 30 different supports, tips, or ideas for learners on the spectrum. Since I have done that for so long, I thought it might be fun to “mix it up” a bit and share wisdom from others instead. Therefore, starting tomorrow, I will be featuring books written by experts. Every day of April I will highlight an autobiography that has had a profound impact on my work.

Without a doubt, autobiographies are my favorite way to learn about autism. I have read well over one hundred of them in my career and have used them in my college courses, in my research, and to guide me in …

Flashback Friday: “A Land We Can Share” discussion questions

Posted on February 07, 2014 in Autism, Literacy

Thank you, Julie Short! Julie is one of those great moms and advocates who comes up with wonderful ideas and actually takes the time to share them with others. Julie contacted me about a year ago to ask if I had any discussion questions for my book on literacy and autism, A Land We Can Share: Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism.

We didn’t include any questions in the book and Julie wanted some that families, teachers, and advocates could use for …

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