Use this alphabetical index to find books that have been reviewed for the Harried Parent's Book Club.
Bottom Line: The title of Saving Ben suggests that this will be a triumphant recovery story, and it tries hard to be, but life keeps getting in the way of miraculous intervention. The many cures proposed for autism are hard, life-consuming work, and have little regard for the fact that parents have jobs and relationships and their own demons to fight. Though Ben does improve with time and, perhaps, some help from all his therapies, in the end it's more a story of a father's tranformation than a child's.
Bottom Line: Little Schuyler may be wordless, but that should never be confused with an inability to communicate. Just by the evidence of the delightful picture on the cover, this girl's spirit speaks pretty loudly, and whether she's laughing at her dad or growling at a playground bully, she makes herself heard. Her parents' effort to get the right diagnosis and the right communication technology form the basis of this sometimes moving, sometimes snarky memoir.
Bottom Line: Seeing a child have a seizure can be one of the scariest experiences a parent can have. The authors of this informative, panic-free book want you to calm down, take a deep breath, and realize the world has not come to an end. It's an empowering message.
Bottom Line: None of these stories are specifically success stories, and some of them aren't exactly hopeful, but all show the sometimes elaborate ways that adults with autism find to cope with the world.
Bottom Line: What's Sensory Processing Disorder? It's what we're calling Sensory Integration Disorder now. Or Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Or Dysfunction of Sensory Integration. Whatever. Now? It's SPD. And here's the book to explain it all for you. Annoyance at label-changing aside, it's a pretty great read.
Bottom Line: How do you convince a family member or an educator that your child's Sensory Integration Dysfunction needs to be respected and worked around when you yourself can't quite spell out the hows and the whys? Here's one good way: Read these helpful, attractive booklets, then pass 'em out. They explain the basics -- the very basics -- of SI in a professional, easy to understand manner that is convincing and reasonable. There are checklists for identifying problems, explanations of assessment and therapy, and tips of useful things parents and teachers can do on their own.
Subtitle: If you've read other books on sensory integration and were left wondering about the real nitty-gritty neurology of it all, you're probably ready to read Sensory Integration and the Child. The zippy new redesign surely makes it easier to do that -- but that's not to be confused with the material actually being easy.
Bottom Line: I don't know that these are really the top 250 questions parents ask, or whether this all-question format really does service to the material. But Delaney's answers are pretty terrific, clear and understandable and genuinely useful. Because the format scatters the information about, I wouldn't recommend this as your first book on SPD, but if you already know some and want to learn more, it will probably answer questions you have, whether they're among the ones officially asked or not.
Bottom Line: Mucklow, the parent of a pre-teen with sensory issues, couldn't find any sensory-integration resources appropriate for that age group, so she went ahead and wrote one herself. It's an upbeat, friendly guide to helping the senses work together as a team, and strengthening weaker players.
Bottom Line: You may think it's not necessary to talk to your special-needs child about sex, but think again -- about that conversation, and about your conviction that your child can never have a full, satifsying adult life. This book has a lot to say on both subjects.