Temple Grandin: The World Needs All Kinds of Minds
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April-Autism Awareness Month
Autism Speaks Recommended Reading
KYTE Learning Challenge: Creating a Nearpod Interactive Lesson
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The following book suggestions are taken from Autism Speaks' recommended reading list to learn more about autism. The full recommended reading list can be found at Autismspeaks.org
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The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida. You've never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen year old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.
Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism by Richard Grinker. When anthropologist Richard Grinker's daughter was diagnosed with autism in 1994, it occurred in only about 1 in every 10,000 children. Within ten years, rates had skyrocketed, and the media was declaring autism an epidemic. Unstrange Minds documents Grinker's quest across the globe to discover the surprising truth about why autism is so much more common today.
1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism or Asperger's by Veronika Zysk. This one-stop-shop of solutions, explanations, and strategies guides the reader to quickly find ideas that speak to the variety of developmental levels, learning styles, and abilities inherent in children with autism and Asperger's.
Back From the Brink, by Nancy Castaldo. Castaldo provides a glimpse into how
human intervention can work, as she studies the journey of a number of species
that have nearly vanished from the planet.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon A bestselling
modern classic-both poignant and funny-about a boy with autism who sets
out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths
about himself and the world.
Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism by Barry Prizant. Autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of "autistic" symptoms such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges , and repetitive behavior patterns. Now Dr. Barry M. Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don't aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual's experience and what underlies the behavior.
Thinking in Pictures: My Life with Autism by Temple Grandin, Ph.D. Grandin is a gifted animal scientist who has designed one third of all the livestock- handling facilities in the United States. She also lectures widely on autism- because Temple Grandin is autistic, a woman who thinks, feels, and and experiences the world in ways that are incomprehensible to the rest of us
The Spark by Kristine Barnett. Barnett's son, Jacob, has an IQ higher than Einstein's, a photographic memory, and he has taught himself calculus in two weeks. At nine, he started working on an original theory in astrophysics that experts believe may someday put him in line for a Nobel Prize, and at age twelve he became a paid researcher in quantum physics.
Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Sally Clarkson. From his early childhood, Nathan was bursting with creativity and uncontainable energy, struggling no only with learning issues but also with anxiety and OCD. He saw the world through his own unique lens one that often caused him to be labeled as "bad," "troubled," or someone in need of "fixing".
Book summaries from Amazon.
Welcome to our Kyte Challenge! Each week in Media Weekly we will highlight a Kyte Learning course. You (alone or with colleagues) can learn a new skill a week while you add up CEU credits! Click on the Kyte link and use your DCS login and password.
This week's Kyte Challenge is to create a Nearpod lesson by adding content and activities.
Nearpod is an instructional software that engages students with interactive learning experiences. With Nearpod, students have the ability to participate in lessons that contain virtual reality, 3D objects, and PhET simulations.