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Archive for April 2011

The Library is a favourite place to visit in our house and when we last visited we found some new books had come in about explaining disabilities to kids.

MEDIKIDZ….. Comic Books

The one we got out was about Autism (though general enough to use if you have a child anywhere on the spectrum including Aspergers) and it was a really good read aimed well and truly at kids and would appeal to both boys and girls.

Extract from 'Medikidz Explain Autism'

They also have books on other topics such as ADHD, Type 1 Diabetes, Asthma and Epilepsy, just to name a few. On top of this they also have a website which can help explain terms used within the book, games and further information on the different disorders such as medical tests/medication etc. Just note that this is written by British Authors, so some content on the website may not relate to NZ.

This book is more for a child to read to themselves, as having tried to red out loud to my daughter (who decided she was too lazy to read it herself), it doesn’t flow as easily. Suitable for kids with a reading age of 6.5+ ( or reading Level 12/14+). We will be looking for other books in this series at our library, check to see if it is in yours and if not request it!

Another Book on Aspergers that we have read and have found to be quite informative, but easy to read out loud and written in a simple style that makes it suitable for children of most ages is “All Cats Have Aspergers” and at first glance you would assume that it is just another one of those books full of fuzzy warm pictures that wouldn’t really serve any purpose in explaining Aspergers. Well it does have fuzzy warm pictures but the text is very well written.

Well worth the read, especially if you need to explain Aspergers to younger siblings.

On Fishpond, they state the age for this book is 15+, but as I’ve stated the text is very simply written and would be good to use as a discussion point with younger siblings or the child themselves, from about 3+, and my 6yr old was able to read it quite easily on her own.

There is also another title in this series called “All Dogs Have ADHD“.

Therapy Products that are fun as well as useful. Some of these products may not be available in NZ.

Sensory Pod ~ for those kids that require pressure as a sensory input.

NZ Designed Wishbone Bike ~ Easter Bundle pack 🙂

Turtle moves forward as child wobbles to and fro.

Balancing Board - Seated.

  • Autism Advocates are pushing for more research to be done into developing a diagnosis of not just autism, but of autism with a history of wandering, to better enable support to be given to those families with kids who wander.
  • Studies on Co-ordination issues and children with Aspergers/Autism/ADD etc. In these studies they refer to it as Developmental Co-ordination Disorder, but in New Zealand a child is more likely to receive a diagnosis of Dyspraxia.
  • New research overseas is showing promising results in the treatment of Fragile X and Autism.

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