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The Way to A: Empowering Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Neurological Disorders to Monitor and Replace Aggres and Tantrum Behavior

By Hunter Manasco (Author), Katharine Manasco (Illustrator) & Kari Dunn Buron (Foreword by)
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Children with ASD are often confused by our world of rules and consequences, including how their behavior impacts another person or situation. The result is often aggressive behavior. The Way to A, designed for children ages 3 to 9 years old, presents a simple, logical, and systematic strategy that clarifies and sequentially teaches the child how to manage his behavior by engaging in forethought and self-analysis before acting out. What sets this strategy apart is that it then goes on to give the child a personal and concrete incentive to use the alternative behavior. Developed with visual learners in mind, the book offers the ultimate in customization - the laminated pages may be written on and wiped clean as new situations come up. The illustrations are delightful and use the concrete nature of red and green, "A" and "B," to illustrate correct and incorrect pathways. In addition, thinking bubbles, arrows, and boxes help make the book easy to follow and understand. The flowchart at the end of the book can be used as an assessment tool for the student to review his behavioral situations - another visual and effective way to illustrate positive choices the child has made and celebrate the successful moments.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   19
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 11.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Spiral Bound
Release Date   Apr 24, 2006
Publisher   Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN  1931282870  
ISBN13  9781931282871  

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More About Hunter Manasco, Katharine Manasco & Kari Dunn Buron

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Hunter Manasco Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the department of speech-language pathology at Misericordia University. He specializes in treating autism and neurological disorders in pediatric and adult populations and has extensive professional experience of working with children with special needs in schools, hospitals and university clinics.

Hunter Manasco currently resides in Mobile, in the state of Alabama.

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1Books > Special Features > New & Used Textbooks > Education > Special Education
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Children's Health > Autism & Asperger's Syndrome
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5Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Education > Special Education > Learning Disabled

Reviews - What do customers think about The Way to A: Empowering Children with Autism Spectrum and Other Neurological Disorders to Monitor and Replace Aggres and Tantrum Behavior?

Absolutely Wonderul for ASD  Aug 2, 2008
Product is easy to follow, straight to the point, allows for interaction with the child. Well received by my High Functioning Autistic son. Now we just say are you going to choose A or B and he chooses the appropriate answer most of the time. Our fits and screaming have decreased with the use of this book. Sometimes he just chooses B anyway. :-)
GREAT BOOK!  Dec 29, 2007
This is a great book you can use over and over again.
We carry the red and green cards everywhere! All that
has to be asked now is if (whatever the issue is) is an
"A" choice or a "B" choice. It's a great tool to have.
What a relief  Aug 31, 2007
I purchased this book for my sister whose daughter is very high functioning austic. We were at our wits end in dealing with her tantrums and insistence on having things her way. She caught onto this method very quickly and it has helped us in managing her tantrums. While we don't always succeed, sometimes she comes right out and says "I AM NOT CHOOSING A!!", most of the time she really wants to "do the right thing" and does select A.
Teaching the Child with ASD Self-Management Skills  May 24, 2006
I'm all about providing support and tools for children to understand themselves. Our kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other neurological issues often have difficulty not only perceiving the emotions in others, but in themselves. Flooded with feelings of anger or frustration it's difficult at that moment to make good choices in regards to behavior. As I have three children with Asperger Syndrome myself, I have often faced the issue of explaining to them that they can make positive choices when overwhelmed with feelings. (To quote my son, "Nuh uh!") It is not the time to reason with a child when he is in the middle of a meltdown, which is why it is so important to empower him with ideas and skills over a period of time, and to have a plan as to how to implement a plan BEFORE she or he is melting down. That is where this very simply written book comes in. Having this basic plan for making positive choices when upset, can prevent meltdowns.

The Way to A provides children with a concrete tool for understanding how they feel and behave during certain emotions, and then with an adult helping the child problem solve, they can decide on different options for what may calm or soothe themselves. This book is ingenious in that it is covered with wipeable pages you can use a dry eraser marker on to use over and over. Ideally each child would have his own book, but because it is reuseable, it can be used for every child in a pre-school, daycare, or elementary school.

Parents would be well served to work through this little colorful book with their child in order to not only provide their child with the tools to learn self-management, but to problem solve themselves and to gain a greater understanding of what sets their child off, and what calms him. While most parents of children such as ours already know these things (parents are the experts on their child), to see it written down makes it more concrete and reminds us that we DO have strategies. This is empowering for both child AND parent.

I think this is a lovely book, and also quite cute. I can't wrestle it away from my 6 year old at the moment, but it would also be helpful for my 11 year old, and the strategies themselves, are excellent for my 14 year old. The saying goes, "First, know thyself." This is a step in the right direction for creating a lifetime of self-management.

Kristi Sakai, mother of three children with Asperger Syndrome and Author of
Finding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family

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