When it comes to summer reading, most people look to escape in a novel or science fiction. Most parents of children within the autism spectrum do not have that luxury. Reading/self-education is a critical part of meeting their child’s needs. So what do parents of children within the autism spectrum read? Perhaps most importantly, what should they read?
“Before their child’s diagnosis, most parents know little about the autism. So they are literally starting from ground zero,” said Dr. Jeff Robinson, founder and director of Behavioral Concepts, Inc., a company of behavioral clinicians specializing in the care of children with autism in Central Massachusetts. “In addition, keeping up with a child with autism can be extremely time-consuming. So it’s important to having a focused reading list that provides you the information you need in an efficient manner.”
Dr. Robinson recommends the following books for parents of children within the autism spectrum:
- The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) by Elizabeth Reeve M.D
- Teaching Social Communication to Children with Autism: A Practitioner’s Guide to Parent Training / A Manual for Parents by Brooke Ingersoll and Anna Dvortcsak
- Teaching Your Child With Love and Skill: A Guide for Parents and Other Educators of Children With Autism, Including Moderate to Severe Autism by Joyce Show
Beyond summer reading for parents, BCI is also offering a summer session of its Social Skills program, which began on June 1. The program is a three-hour session on Saturday mornings, from 9:30 to 12:30. Topics covered include:
- Eye Contact
- Appropriate Play
- Teen Relationships
- Food Tolerance
- Language Building
- Role Playing Social Scenarios
- Initiating and Reciprocating Peer Interaction
There is no age limit for the social skills program. BCI accepts all major insurance companies or private pay at a rate of $35-$50 per hour depending on the student/staff ratio your child needs. Parents or guardians interested in this program for their students can call (508) 363-0200. For complete information on BCI, visit http://bciaba.org.
About Behavioral Concepts, Inc. (BCI)
Founded in 2002, BCI provides educational, behavioral, consultative and assessment services to children with autism and their families. These services are based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and are tailored to the unique needs of the individuals BCI works with. It’s BCI’s goal to maximize student potential, increase independence and enhance our clients’ quality of life within their home, school and community.
BCI’s main care center is located at 170 Goddard Memorial Drive, in Worcester, Massachusetts. BCI operates its BASICS services at 100 Hartwell Street in West Boylston, Mass. The BASICS program is a sub-contract arrangement between Behavioral Concepts, Inc. and the Central Massachusetts Special Education Collaborative. BASICS provides services to children aged 7-22 with autism and maladaptive behaviors. BCI’s Corporate Offices are located in Mansfield, Mass.
For complete information, visit http://bciaba.org or to arrange a consultation with a BCI clinician, please call (508) 363-0200.