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Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill

Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill

A Guide for Parents and Other Educators of Children with Autism, including Moderate to Severe Autism

Joyce Show

Quick Overview

This book shows parents how to nurture the learning and development of their child with autism by adapting different educational strategies. Parents will learn how to motivate play, encourage communication, stimulate cognitive development, and teach important everyday life skills, while growing in a loving relationship with their child.
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Paperback / softback
2012, 9.02in x 6.14in / 229mm x 156mm, 400pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-876-6

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2012, ePUB, 400pp
ISBN: 978-0-85700-569-4
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Parents of children with autism can often feel out of their depth when it comes to nurturing their child's learning and development. This book helps parents to make sense of the baffling array of educational interventions available, showing how to adapt different strategies to meet the specific needs of their child, including those with moderate to severe autism.

Guided by love, faith and unwavering resolve, Joyce Show offers practical advice based on her experiences as both a mother and a physician. She takes the reader by the hand through all the steps of cognitive, social, and emotional development from initial engagement to abstract thinking, and provides straightforward primers for popular interventions such as Floortime and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). Parents will learn how to motivate play, build up communication, deal with challenging behaviors, and teach important everyday life skills, while growing in a trusting relationship with their child.

This book offers encouragement and guidance to the parents of any child on the autism spectrum whether high or low functioning, as well as the teachers, therapists, family members, and friends who support them.


'Show interweaves her own experiences, drawing on her son Peter and this not only helps to explain what she is saying but also enlivens the text and makes one feel less alone in what can be an exhausting process... this is a well researched, well written and practical guide to helping an autistic child which plays to the child's strengths.'
- asteens

'This lovely book offers an intimate story about raising Peter, a child with autism. Joyce's warmth and insightful reflections are inspirational, and her wisdom will provide reassuring guidance for many. Love, joy and faith triumph over the many hurdles they encounter.'
- Diane Cullinane, M.D., Developmental Pediatrician and Executive Director of Pasadena Child Development Associates, Inc., California, USA

'This book is an incredible resource for anyone who has a child with autism or who works with a child with autism. This is the book I wish I'd had when I first started working with my child. This book would have been invaluable in supplementing the work that others were doing with my son. Joyce gives practical and concrete examples of HOW to work with your child not just what needs to be done. This book addresses a hierarchy of skills needed for children who are severely impacted with autism to children that are high functioning. I am going to give this book to everyone who works with my son. I will use this book as a constant reference as my son gets older and acquires new skills. This is the absolute best book, most inclusive book, most practical book regarding working with children with autism that I have ever read.'
- Kathy O'Rourke, parent of a child with autism and special education specialist, College View School, California, USA

'With love, grace, and skill, Joyce Show shines a light of hope and healing during a time for families which is often filled with uncertainty. Whether you are personally touched by autism or not, you will be transformed by Joyce's devotion as a mother and her commitment to improving the lives of others.'
- Gwennyth L. Palafox, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Director of Meaningful Growth, California, USA

'A work that is well researched and detailed: Joyce Show shares her extensive knowledge of autism gained by teaching her autistic son, Peter. But this book contains much more than a personal encounter with autism; it is also a structured and comprehensive teaching manual that can be used by parents seeking to develop essential skills for their autistic children within a home setting.'
- Penny Kershaw, autism manager and outreach service leader for a special school in East Sussex, UK, author of The ASD Workbook: Understanding Your Autism Spectrum Disorder

'Joyce Show's comprehensive and profound command of the subject matter, as well as the different treatment modalities, is infused with the love, compassion and the understanding that can only be mustered by a parent. She also accomplishes what few other books on autism have, which is to seamlessly use each modality as a tool without the rigid dogmatism that pervades books written about a particular therapeutic method, creating a truly holistic educational approach. It is sure to become an indispensable guide and a beacon for parents on their autism journey.'
- Anita Ghazarian, O.D. parent of a child with autism, California, USA

'As a developmental and behavioral pediatrician who cares for hundreds of children with disabilities and their families I am always on the lookout for books that really matter. Teaching Your Child with Love and Skill by Joyce Show is one of those rare books that is both wise and practical. Perhaps this is because Joyce Show is a mother of Peter, a child with severe autism, and a doctor. She draws on her inside experience as a mother to explore the tender and tough feelings that rise up as she grapples with the diagnosis and searches for the right interventions. She gives such good practical advice! She draws on her experience as a doctor by being an astute clinician and brain-based scientist for her son. But she is not a science snob. She is eclectic, uses common sense and draws on all the practical methods including sensory integration, DIR/Floortime, Miller Method, ABA, RDI and others to help Peter reach his full potential. At the bottom of the pages I wrote notes describing this book: well-organized, readable, heartfelt, developmentally appropriate, balanced, hopeful, honest and self-critical. I'm going to highly recommend this book to my patients. Joyce Show not only teaches her child with love and skill but she teaches us with love and skill too.'
- Richard Solomon, MD, Medical Director, Ann Arbor Center for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics & The P.L.A.Y. Project

'I first came across this book when I saw it lying on a dinner table at a charity event. The title jumped out at me because, as a parent educator and special needs advisor, I am always on the lookout for resources that can make parenting a child with special needs easier. I picked up the book intending to flick through it for a minute or two. But I was immediately intrigued by the book's optimism about what parents can achieve, the author's breadth of knowledge about special needs, the compassionate tone and the clear, thorough instructions for learning activities... Dr Show has gathered together in this book many effective teaching methods drawn from a wide range of approaches for teaching autism. As the mother of a severely autistic son, she addresses with warmth and humanity the challenges and frustrations that parents face, and she celebrates the triumphs and joys of each "little" breakthrough.'
- Noel Janus-Norton, founder and director of The Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting Centre

'Dr Show combines the compassion from a parent's perspective with the expertise and knowledge of a professional. I recommend this book to all teachers and professionals as well as to family members who support students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. This book provides extensive information along with practical strategies working to improve child and family outcomes for all children on the spectrum.'
- Jennifer B. G. Symon, PhD., BCBA-D, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Programs in Autism, California State University


By (author): Joyce Show