AARC Tip of the Month - January 2016
Sensory Overload
Do you think your child with autism might be experiencing sensory overload?

Here are 12 Warning Signs from "1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's," by Ellen Notbohm and Veronica Zysk:
  1. Loss of balance or orientation
  2. Skin flushes or suddenly goes pale
  3. Child is verbalizing "Stop!"
  4. Child steadfastly refuses an activity
  5. Racing heartbeat, or a sudden drop in pulse
  6. Crying, hysteria
  7. Stomach Distress: cramps, nausea, vomiting
  8. Profuse sweating
  9. Child becomes agitated or angry
  10. Child begins repeating echolalic phrases, or some familiar non-relevant phrase over and over again
  11. Child begins stimming (repetitive, self-calming behaviors)
  12. Child lashes out, hits or bites

Books of the Month:
The books of the month are available in the SESA Library. You may search the online catalog , or you may contact our Librarian, Anne Freitag, at  afreitag@sesa.org  or  907 . 334 . 1301 

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Arnie and His School Tools: Simple sensory solutions that build success
Written and Illustrated By: Jennifer Veenendall
Autism Asperger Publishing, 2008.
ISBN: 9781934575154

Description: Written by a school-based occupational therapist, this book shows a young student describing the simple adaptations he uses to stay comfortable so he can focus and get through the school day.

Asperger Syndrome and Sensory Issues: Practical solutions for making sense of the world
By: Brenda Smith Myles ... [et al.]
Autism Asperger Pub. Co., 2000.
ISBN:  0967251478

Description: This book uncovers the puzzling behaviors of children and youth with Asperger's Syndrome (AS). Many of these behaviors have a sensory base and, therefore, are often difficult to pinpoint and interpret. Written in a very reader-friendly style, the book covers the impact of the sensory system on behavior, reviews formal and informal assessment tools, and offers an invaluable set of practical interventions that can be used by parents and educators alike to promote success for children and youth with AS.

Asperger Syndrome, An Owner's Manual
By: Ellen S. Heller Korin
Autism Asperger Pub. Co., 2006.
ISBN: 9781931282918

Description: an interactive workbook designed for young people grades 5 through 8 for use with guidance from a helping teacher or parent. Written for adolescents, this book describes what Asperger Syndrome is and how it can affect daily life. With the help of an adult, the child completes a series of exercises related to learning style, sensory issues, emotions, relationships, and more, culminating in a written plan for each major area of his life."-publisher's website.

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