Books on parenting children with autism-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
I WAS a bit surprised when I was asked about reference materials or books on parenting children with autism. I suddenly remembered the early years of diagnosis of our eldest son when we had to go to libraries and bookstores in Davao City to search for books on autism particularly about its definition, interventions, medical cure and what-nots. Of course, books on parenting were quite seldom twenty years ago, if not nil, in our local bookstores and university libraries. Internet was not accessible at that time. The major sources of information then were our doctors and therapists and some SPED teachers. For us, we took advantage of seminars, conventions and workshops in Manila as well as training abroad.
The biggest collection of books about autism in the Philippines can be found in the library of the Autism Society Philippines. They also have a collection of videos that are useful for parents, caregivers, teachers, students and for all who would like to help and develop individuals with autism.
Here is a sample list of books on parenting children with autism that are available at the ASP Library:
1. Parents’ Survival Manual -A guide for crisis resolution in autism and related developmental disorders by Erich Schopler (1995);
2. Laughing and Loving with Autism: A Collection of Real Life, Warm and Humorous Stories by R. Wayne Giltin (1993);
3. Child with Autism, A Parent’s Guide by Dr. Michael Powers (1989); and
4. With Reason: A Family Copes with Two Generations of Autism by Charles Hart (1989).
I have read three reference materials that were very useful to me as a parent and as a teacher. The first one is Sensory Integration and the Child by A. Jean Ayres (1970). The book helps in understanding about sensory integration dysfunction and how it is manifested in individuals. Another useful reading material is the Handbook on Inclusive Education developed by the Special Education Division, Bureau of Elementary Education of the Department of Education, Philippines, in 1999. The handbook contains a comprehensive guide on laws, mandates, definitions and strategies for a successful integration of a child with special needs in mainstream education. A chapter of the handbook also contains discussion on parent and family involvement. Another good reference is the book on Teaching Filipino Children with Autism by a Book-Writing Team composed of Edilberto I. Dizon, EdD, as Project Director and Editor, together with Trinidad C. Baldo, PhD and Erlinda F. Camara, PhD, as Co-Editors and 17 writers representing various SPED schools. The book contains complete explanations about strategies for behavioral management, psychosocial area, psychomotor area, communication, reading, quantitative area, activities of daily living and many other topics. It provides detailed instructions on what activities can be done both in the classroom and at home.
Parenting children with special needs is indeed very challenging and can never be perfected even by reading as much books as you can. But as in all situations, a parent can never go wrong in raising a special child for as long as we do it with so much love, patience, prayer and perseverance.
(Jane Ann S. Gonzales is a mother of a youth with autism. She is an advocate/core member of the Autism Society Philippines and Directress of the Independent Living Learning Centre (ILLC) Davao, a centre for teenagers and adults with special needs. For comments or questions, please email email@example.com)
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 09, 2013.