Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
I recently learned of the company Labosh Publishing and their tips booklets through my daily Google Alert on autism. One day I clicked on to read a press release about Labosh Publishing and headed to their site to find these booklets.
I purchased The Child With Autism at Home for six dollars, which covers tips for work and play along with The Child With Autism Goes To Town that contains 250 tips for community outings for five dollars. These booklets are a slim design that fit perfectly into my purse to read while at therapies and show others these Home-Life Guides.
Other tips booklets in the works through Labosh Publishing is The Child With Autism Goes To Florida, which will be a Theme Guide including tips and reviews, The Child With Autism Goes On Vacation will include tips and guides and The Child With Autism Learns The Faith will have lesson plans and a Sunday School Guide.
The Child With Autism at Home has 350 tips broken into thirteen chapters and then resources. It is packed with ideas to guide even the experienced parent into areas they may have not considered. Matthew is now getting interested in opening the front door, so the tips for The Front and Back Doors are ones I need to learn about and start implementing. I was pleased to see many things we already do at home - it feels good to see other parents are utilizing the same steps to succeed at home with their child(ren) at home.
The author, Kathy Labosh is a parent to two boys - Sam and Nicky on the Autism Spectrum. Her boys also are on opposite sides of the Spectrum. LaNita Miller was the first teacher to her children and contributes to The Child With Autism at Home.
Consisting of sixty-one pages and measuring 3 1/2 x 8 1/2 The Child with Autism at Home is filled with tips that would benefit a babysitter, respite worker, grandparents and therapists alike. The areas of the home covered are as follows:
The Master Bedroom
The Family Room
The Play Room
The Music Room
The Broom Closet
The Front Door
The Back Door
The Attic provides tip for the parents on how to get things accomplished each day. Don't give up sleep to get all tasks done, break chores into small tasks, get a treadmill and take vitamins.
I was surprised there was nothing about using caution with a treadmill in the house, but that is common sense. I purchased a year ago an exercise bike from Sears. I figured as my children get older they too can enjoy the bike.
Some tips I enjoyed reading include - find ways to make your child smile, learn the difference between temper tantrums and panic attacks, shake pom-poms over their head or on their belly and the chore suggestions for the child on the Autism Spectrum.
The tips that have been part of our daily lives already that I read in The Child with Autism at Home include use pajamas with the tags removed, buy a ceiling fan, give melatonin for sleep, take pictures of the people they see frequently and place towels on the floor around a sick child's bed.
I highly recommend purchasing The Child with Autism at Home and giving copies to people who are involved in therapies at your home, relatives who visit, as well as those whose homes you go for vacations and Holidays. This will help give them insight into the daily lives of the family and offer tips on what they can do ahead of time at their home to prepare for the visit.
Purchase the booklet at www.laboshpublishing.com
Personally I would be interested in a booklet entitled, The Child With Autism Gets A Pet! My son Nicholas wants one - I am allergic and I have no idea how Matthew would handle one - he seems scared of the neighborhood cats and who knows if he would hurt a pet accidentally or scare one.