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“Understanding Autism: A Sensitivity Guide for Kids Like Me” by Michael “Mac” Ordetx

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This book was written by a 13 year old, who has been a peer mentor to children who are diagnosed with autism and Asperger’s syndrome for 8 years.  This reader-friendly book is loaded with explanations and photos to enhance the reader’s awareness and sensitivity towards the symptoms of autism.  A perfect guide for classroom sensitivity training, family members, neighbors,, and other peers to improve their understanding of the spectrum.  It is sure to create stronger relationships and support for children who are facing autism.

"Too Loud, Too Bright, Too Fast, Too Tight" by Sharon Heller, Ph.D.

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This book provides an indepth and personal understanding of sensory processing disorder. The author discusses that people, like herself face with daily sensations, including sights, sounds, smells, and tactile experiences. She compares the levels of arousal and offers explanations into behaviors and responses of people who suffer from sensory defensiveness. This book will give the reader a new level of appreciation for sensory integration dysfunction, allowing parents, teachers, and spouses to provide appropriate support for any loved one who deals with this condition on a daily basis. Proactive treatment options are examined and coping strategies are recommended to bring hope to the sensory defensive.