Books for children with PDD?

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Books for children with PDD?
Wed, 07-16-2003 - 4:54pm
I wondered if anyone knew of books that would appeal to early elementary school girls (my dd is entering 3rd grade), to help with social skills? Even regular children's fiction in which the characters just don't fit in or have awkward moments or something? My dd is 7.5 and not diagnosed; she has an appointment for evaluation next month. Her teacher, school counselor and speech pathologist really think she has PDD, possibly AS. She had a bad day at camp today. She carpools with a friend and that friend also collaberated with dd's story that a different girl was teasing my dd. The camp leader said that they had an argument and the other girl hit my dd. Afterwards both my dd and her friend told me that the teasing started at the beginning of the day. My dd is usually pretty oblivious to teasing - she usually doesn't "get it," and I usually think that's a blessing as it saves dd from a world of hurt, but at sometimes she knows something is wrong, and it really hurts her. She can't explain what happens and fabricates an explanation. Her stories last year were totally different from what her teacher told me happened. I think that dd is starting to get "gut" feelings when someone isn't being nice, it would be helpful to teach dd that if she gets that "gut" feeling, to walk away or some way of coping. I feel totally incompetent to help my dd, but also feel that she needs or would benefit from so much more than what the school will provide even with a diagnosis (the IEP was prepared with the expectation of some sort of dx, so she will get social skills training 1x/week, but at this point she doesn't have anything about speech pragmatics). Dd seems more emotional and vulnerable than she did when she was a little younger, and I'm terrified of what will happen when the hormones start to hit!

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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 12:14am
Im butting in with no real anwsers and without knowing your story but have you thought about school conseling? To help boost self esteem? Im not sure what is done but the school's psycholigist has recommanded it dor ds to help with self esteem.


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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 12:43am
Hi I just asked my 10 yr. old dd (AS) what books to recommend & she said Little Critter Books, Berenstain Bears books which she read over & over and also Junie B. Jones which she also loves. My dd still reads these books & I think she has memorized them! Now that she is older she likes Goosebumps & Harry Potter. She has always been a good reader & can go by herself & read for an hour. As far as the teasing goes, well that just sucks! I hate mean kids. I'm glad my dd's school has zero tolerance for teasing. My dd has 1 or 2 friends in school but I worry what will happen in middle school when kids are older. How will they accept her & her differences? We had an IEP last yr. (with no diag.) & this yr. went to a pediatrician & psych. to get a diagnosis. They had to put her in spec. ed services! I was so happy to get her the help. She will start a social group this fall. It is expensive. The school district used to have social group but not any more. I could fight for it if I wanted to. i don't like our psychol & don't want to deal with her more than I have to. Good Luck~ MaryAnn
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Thu, 07-17-2003 - 6:13am
Funny you should ask. I was just in the middle of compiling the Suggested Reading Materials page on the resource site and came here to take a break. (grin)

For early readers I would recomend the following. Notice that I list entire series instead of individual books. This is because I am currently looking a list with over 200 childrens books that are recomended reading for kids on the spectrum. These books were recomended by hundreds of parents with kids on the spectrum (both on this board and elsewhere) and from foundations such as OASIS, MIND Institute, DECUD, and TEACCH. Please take special note of the last book on the list.

Early Aspie Readers' List:

Emellia Bedellia (series) by Peggy Parish (47 books)(first readers)

Berstein Bears (series) by Jan and Fran Berstien (108 books)(first readers)

**Any and all books by Roald Dahl, who wrote such classics as "James and the Giant Peach", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and "Fantastic Mr. Fox" (I believe there are 16 books in all) NOTE: The book "Boy" was intended for older readers (teens and adults) and may have content not suitable for younger children. (It's autobiographical)

Harry Potter (series) by J. K. Rowling (does that make 4 or 5 books? LOL, I forget)(intermediate readers)

**Any and all books by Shell Silverstien, who wrote the classic children's poetry book "A Light in the Attack" (both early and intermediate readers)

The Legand of Luke, by Brian Jacques (single book)(couldn't find a reading lvl and haven't read it yet myself...but will soon)

.:``:. **Of Mice and Aliens: An Asperger Adventure, by Kathy Hoopman**.:```:. (I can't say enough about this book! It is simplistic and unprentious, yet very easy to read. I think every library in America carries it. My 8yo w/ AS barrowed this book so many times from our library that they actually let her keep a copy for free!) As far as I know this is the very first children's story book that was writtin specifically for Aspie children. It is very unassuming in it's composer.

I hope this helps. :) ~Hugs~



P.S. If you find you are having trouble finding any of these books please go here: .

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Sun, 07-20-2003 - 9:20pm
Thank you, April, MaryAnn and Candes! Those are all great suggestions. The school counselor said more counseling services would probably be added in if there is a PDD or AS diagnosis, and we'll hopefully find out soon. Also, one of the local clinics (that doesn't take our insurance but has a contract with the school to provide services for children who are already dx) has some sort of group for girls my dd's age. I appreciate all of the book ideas! We are familiar with some, and I can see why they would be helpful, and we'll enjoy exploring the others. I'm sorry it took me a few days to reply - house full of company and luckily dd waited until the really critical childless yet "parenting expert" aunt and uncle left before she had her complete and total meltdown. Summer is so much harder than the school year in some ways. The changes in routine just throw my dd completely out of sync.
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Thu, 07-24-2003 - 7:56pm
I checked w/ our local library and couldn't find the Hoopman book but found one similar: by Kathryn Hoopmann, Blue Bottle Mystery - an Asperger Adventure. Is this the one you are referring to?

It's currently checked out at our library but I put a request on it so hopefully we'll get it next. Thanks for the great suggestions!


Editting to say Blue Bottle Mystery is *another* book by Kathy Hoopman. Our library doesn't hte the Of Mice and Aliens. I did an amazon search and also found:

Lisa and the Lacemaker: An Asperger Adventure

Haze: An Asperger Novel

Both of these are by Kathy Hoopman

I also found Asperger's Syndrome, The Universe and Everything: Kenneth's Book by Kenneth Hall - a 10 year boy (saw that it was recommended for those that deal w/ aspies as well as for aspies themselves)

This is Asperger Syndrome by Elisa Gagnon (a book written from the perspective of a child w/ aspergers - more for those that deal w/ it? Or dont' know what it is?)

Asperger's Huh? A Child's Perspective by Rosina Schnurr (written by a child for children

recommended for kids 6-12)

I'm going back to my library to do an online search for the rest of these!

Edited 7/24/2003 8:14:34 PM ET by onegirltwoboys