New Video – Sue Cottrell talks to her son Lloyd about learning to control his stammer

In this video Sue Cottrell, author of Can I tell you about Stammering/Stuttering?, talks to her 15 year-old son Lloyd about how his stammer affects his daily life, particularly at school whilst he is feeling stressed about exams. Lloyd reflects on footage of himself speaking as a 13 year-old and discusses how the techniques he has learned since have enabled him to control his stammer and become a more confident speaker.


VIDEO: Inside Asperger’s Looking Out gets rave reviews!

Kathy Hoopmann’s new book Inside Asperger’s Looking Out is already receiving rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Following on from the bestselling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, this book uses a wide range of animals to show how the person with Asperger’s Syndrome views the world.

One fan was so thrilled with the book she even posted this video to endorse it. JKP author and special education teacher Sue Larkey explains why this book is so useful to everyone in contact with an AS child, and reads aloud from some of her favourite pages. See full video below:

For more reviews, you can check out Kids Book Review or Southwell Library websites. Fancy reviewing Inside Aspergers Looking Out for your own blog or newsletter? Drop us an email at with your details and we will get back to you.


VIDEO: Practical Life Skills for Asperkids, part 3

Presenting the third and final installment in the Practical Life Skills series of short videos by Jennifer Cook O’Toole, author of Asperkids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome. In this video, Jennifer discusses how Asperkids can help out around the house–for example, by feeding the dog. To conclude, Jennifer explains how parents can learn to speak “Aspie” even with a little bit of a neurotypical accent.

Click here for Part 1 of Jennifer’s practical life skills video series.

Click here for Part 2 of Jennifer’s practical life skills video series.


VIDEO: Nick Luxmoore reads an excerpt from his new book, ‘Young People, Death and the Unfairness of Everything’

In his new book, school counsellor, teacher, youth worker, Psychodrama psychotherapist, trainer and author Nick Luxmoore explores the problems that arise when death is not openly discussed with young people and offers invaluable advice about how best to allay concerns without having to pretend that there are easy answers. He covers all of the key issues from the physicality of death to the fear of not existing to the way young people’s morality develops and he provides expert insight into the impact these subjects have on young people’s behaviour.

Here, Nick introduces the book and reads an excerpt from the chapter, “Death as an authority figure”.

Copyright © Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012.

VIDEO: Kate Reynolds’ Top Tips for Planning Parties for Young Children on the Autism Spectrum

Having first-hand experience of the stress that parties and other social gatherings can bring for children with Autism Spectrum Conditions – and their parents – mum and author Kate Reynolds shares some essential Dos and Don’ts for parents and other party hosts, guests and planners from her new much-needed handbook, Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum.

See an example of the visual aid party invitation Kate mentions in the video!

Kate E. Reynolds worked for 18 years in various locations in the UK for the National Health Service, as a Registered General Nurse, counsellor, trainer of health professionals and health promotion consultant. When her son was diagnosed with severe autism disorder in 2005, she kept extensive diaries about his progress. She is passionate about supporting parents and caregivers with practical information about autism spectrum disorders. Kate lives in Wiltshire, UK, with her two children, Francesca and Jude.

Copyright © Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012.

VIDEO: Rudy Simone’s 22 Things a Woman with Asperger’s Syndrome Wants Her Partner to Know

Rudy Simone is on a mission to prevent AS/non-spectrum relationships from breaking down because of a lack of information. Check out this video to find out more and for a great overview of her latest JKP book, 22 Things a Woman with Asperger’s Syndrome Wants Her Partner to Know.

In her latest book, Aspergirls author Rudy Simone covers 22 common areas of confusion for someone dating a female with AS and includes advice from her own experience and from other partners in real relationships. She talks with humour and honesty about the quirks and sensitivities that you may come across when getting to know your partner. All the pivotal relationship landmarks are discussed, including the first date, sex, and even having children.

Distinguished Spectrumite Jennifer Cook O’Toole Accepts Her Award


JKP author Jennifer Cook O’Toole accepted her Distinguished Spectrumite Award at the GRASP Benefit in New York City on May 15. Here’s a clip of Jennifer’s humorous and inspiring impromptu speech from the event. We hope you will enjoy it as much as the audience did!

VIDEO: Choosing the right approach in Play Therapy

In this video, Lorri Yasenik and Ken Gardner explain their Play Therapy Dimensions Model, a decision-making tool that is already being used worldwide.

The Play Therapy Dimensions Model allows play therapists to tailor their approach to the specific needs of the child. Practitioners are encouraged to be engaged and flexible during sessions, adapting their levels of directiveness and consciousness according to the child’s responses. In their new book, featuring written and visual case studies, the authors clearly explain the model, how to use it and the positive therapeutic effects it can have on the child. The book also provides additional support to play therapy practitioners and play therapy supervisors with the inclusion of useful forms that aid therapy planning, conceptualization and evaluation. Click here for more info.

Copyright © Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012.

VIDEO – Mindfulness Play: Reaching students on a deeper level, with Deborah Plummer

In this series of videos, Deborah Plummer discusses the careful construction of the emotional environment in which the games and activities in her existing books are undertaken, which she calls ‘mindfulness play’, and which is discussed more comprehensively in her forthcoming book, Focusing and Calming Games for Children.

A short introduction to mindfulness play
Here, Deborah gives an overview of her approach and some examples of what mindfulness play looks like in practice and how to achieve it.

The wellbeing model underlying mindfulness play approach
Here, Deborah uses the imagery of a house to explain the wellbeing model that underlies her mindfulness play approach.

Top Tips for facilitating mindfulness play
Here, Deborah gives her top tips for ensuring that the games and activities used with children have their emotional wellbeing at heart.

How to set up a space for mindfulness play
Here, Deborah gives some advice on how to set up a play space that conveys a sense of respect for children, a vital consideration in mindfulness play.

Copyright © Jessica Kingsley Publishers 2012.

VIDEO: An insider’s perspective on what you can do to help a person with dementia – with JKP author Christine Bryden

In this video, Christine Bryden – author of Who will I be when I die? and Dancing with Dementia – gives family members, carers and professionals an insider’s perspective on what it feels like to have dementia, and what they can do to help.

Stay tuned for more videos from Christine Bryden and her husband, Paul, on the JKP Blog!

Christine Bryden has worked in the pharmaceutical industry and as a senior executive in the Australian Prime Minister’s Department. Following her diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease in 1995, she has been instrumental in setting up local support groups for people with dementia and has addressed national and international conferences. In 2003 she was the first person with dementia to be elected to the Board of Alzheimer’s Disease International. Her first book Who will I be when I die? was published in 1998 and has been translated into several languages. She lives in Brisbane, Australia.