Monday, April 28, 2014

{Review} Stars in Her Eyes

One of my favorite aspects about the field of speech-language pathology is that it is a career in which an SLP never stops learning.  When I was asked to review Stars in Her Eyes, I never knew just how much I would learn about an area that I felt I knew a good deal about already!  This book doesn't just present facts about autism, it brings personal stories to the forefront and gives the reader a different perspective than they likely have ever had before when working with children with autism.

Dr. Linda Barboa brings together thoughts, experiences, and advice from speech pathologists, teachers, and parents of children with autism in a book that highlights the following areas:

* the basics (diagnostic process, demographics, causes, prognosis)
* red flags (communication, sensory issues, social skills)
* knowing your team members (educational professionals, medical professionals, community, the parents' role)
* interventions (behavioral interventions, programs based on learning theories, biomedical interventions)
* schools (choosing a school, programming)
* resources (knowing your rights, respite care, camps, funding)
* home life (self-care, disruptive behaviors, family life, relationships)

What I love most about this book is its structure and the advice from those who have spent so much of their time working with children with autism.  Topics begin with information from Dr. Barboa.  This ranges from general information to personal experiences.  Then, each of the contributing authors add their own experiences and advice in a perfect collaboration.  It feels more like a conversation than a typical book, yet the insight from the authors is invaluable for other parents, teachers, therapists, and anyone who works with a child with autism.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone working with a child with autism for interesting insight and advice.

To find out more about this book, please visit the Tate Publishing website.

Disclaimer:  This item was given to me for review.  No other compensation was provided.  The opinions expressed here are solely my own.

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