Mom's Choice Award Winners
AAPC is proud to announce two Mom's Choice Award Winners to join our long list of
award-winning books and other resources!
Gold Winner: Juvenile Level 1 (Ages 5-8); Self-Improvement
Quinn at School
Relating, Connecting, and Responding at School - A Book for Children, Ages 3-7
by Rick H. Warren
Early diagnosis and early intervention are both important factors in the lifelong success of those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Quinn at School is based on vignettes that reflect the social challenges (interacting with classmates, greeting teachers, playground politics, art class, library visits, etc.) preschool and kindergarten children with social deficiencies face each school day. Many children, not just those with an autism spectrum disorder, have difficulty initiating or sustaining social contact, and this highly visual picture book helps children do just that, using examples from environments and situations they are familiar with. In addition to being used as a lap book, Quinn at School comes with a free CD that includes the book in a digital PDF format, which allows children to advance the pages on a computer, keeping them highly engaged and making the resource dually effective. For classroom use, the digital format may be converted for use with a Mimio whiteboard or SMART notebook system. A fun poster is included, making this a perfect educational tool.
Rick H. Warren is a certified language arts teacher who has wide experience working with children with a variety of special needs.
Silver Winner: Parent Books - Special Needs & Exceptional Needs
Autism as Context Blindness
by Peter Vermeulen, PhD
Despite years of study and advanced technologies, we still do not fully understand how the "typical" brain works, much less how an autistic brain works. And while we have become increasingly familiar with the term autistic thinking, people with autism are still misunderstood, leading to frustration, depression and missed opportunities to reach one's potential. According to Peter Vermeulen, treatment of autism is still too focused on behavior and minimally focused on observation or determining the way of thinking that leads to the behavior. In this groundbreaking book, inspired by the ideas of Uta Frith, the internationally known psychologist and a pioneer in theory of mind as it relates to autism, Vermeulen explains in everyday terms how the autistic brain functions with a particular emphasis on the apparent lack of sensitivity to and awareness of the context in which things happen. Full of examples, often humorous, the book goes on to examine "context" as it relates to observation, social interactions, communication and knowledge. The book concludes with a major section on how to reduce context blindness in these various areas, vital for successful functioning. Due to the far-reaching consequences of context blindness, this book is a must for those living and working with somebody with autism.
Peter Vermeulen, MA, PhD, is a psychologist and co-director of the Centre for ConcreteCommunication, a training and education center specializing in autism spectrum disorders in Belgium. Dr. Vermeulen's insights regarding context blindness deliver fresh perspective on how individuals with ASD perceive and respond to their environment.
About AAPC Publishing
Established in 1999, the mission of AAPC Publishing is to be the first source for practical solutions related to autism spectrum and related disorders. AAPC Publishing is an independent publisher, targeting professionals and parents alike. AAPC Publishing strives to offer publications at affordable prices so that important resources are available to anyone with an interest in the autism spectrum.
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