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Just a list of helpful books from my personal library/collection... Plus local community resource sites/links... 


Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism, by Temple Grandin

More Than A Mom: Living a Full and Balanced Life When Your Child Has Special Needs, by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett

Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Children, by Gina Gallagher and Patricia Konjoian

Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children Without Breaking Their Spirits, by Michael Popkin, PhD

Asperger Syndrome: What Teachers Need to Know, by Matt Winter

(personal note: I used to give one of these short-read books to my son's teacher every year he was in typical elementary school)

404 Deskside Activities for Energetic Kids, by Barbara Davis, MS, MFA

Helping Hyperactive Kids - A Sensory Integration Approach, by Lynn J. Horowitz, MHS, OT, and Cecile Rost, PT

Take Five! Staying Alert at Home and School, by Mary Sue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger

The Art of Roughhousing: Good Old-Fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It, by Anthony T. DeBenedet, MD, and Lawrence J. Cohen, PhD

Social Behavior Mapping: Connecting Behavior, Emotions and Consequences Across the Day, by Michelle Garcia Winner

The Defiant Child: A Parent's Guide to Oppositional Defiant Disorder, by Dr. Douglas A. Riley

The Sensory-Sensitive Child: Practical Solutions for Out-of-Bounds Behavior, by Karen A. Smith, PhD, and Karen R. Gouze, PhD

The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Integration Dysfunction, by Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA

Growing an In-Sync Child: Simple, Fun Activities to Help Every Child Develop, Learn, and Grow, by Carol Kranowitz, MA and Joye Newman, MA

Local Community Resources  Autism Society of America local chapter  Tri-Counties Regional Center (TCRC) Beth Maulhardt, OT, plus other therapists Oak Tree Pediatrics, Dr. Spadaro & Dr. Weisz, developmental pediatricians Dr. Suzie Berger, dentist - best place for any kids w/needs! Daland Swim School - taught my ASD child to swim! Therapeutic horseback riding - they could handle my son! Social Skills groups/events PLUS Independent Living Services for adults Rainbow Connection - Family Resource Center w/TCRC

Parent Support Groups
(Facebook & In-Person)

Conejo Valley Coffee Break, both on Facebook & In-Person (meets in Thousand Oaks - join FB group for info)

Conejo Valley Special Parents of Special Kids, Facebook group

Ventura County Autism Parent Talk, Facebook group

Ventura County Autism Community Connection, Facebook group

Super Hero Parents of Ventura County, Facebook group

Autism Society of Ventura County, Facebook group listing both virtual and in-person support groups

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