Meeting Update


We have a support group for moms in the Tulsa area!

Our group meets the first Thursday of every month from 7-9p.
We welcome all moms who are parenting children who have Asperger's Syndrome.
For locations and last minute updates about meetings, check here or (even better) check our Facebook page.
We are currently meeting in the back room at Mazzio's on 51st & Sheridan in Tulsa.

Monday, June 6, 2011

June Meeting Notes

One of the advantages of having our own webpage is that we can now post notes from our meetings.

June's assignment was to bring a book (or 2 or 3) that has helped you in parenting your child with Asperger's Syndrome.  We highly recommend having a book share.  It was great to pass the books around and glance at what's available.

Without further ado, here are the books mentioned Thursday evening.  I'm using Amazon to provide links but you might be able to find better deals elsewhere.

Look Me In The Eye by John Elder Robison: A biography written by a man who was diagnosed at age 40.  His life is fascinating to read about - even if you aren't interested in Asperger's.  He has a Facebook page and a blog.  He also has a new book out that is sitting on my nightstand called Be Different.

Complete Social Stories Book by Carol Gray: Couldn't find this link exactly but I'm sure this one is good.  Tony Attwood co-authors it.

Developing Talents by Temple Grandin: Great advice from Temple Grandin about careers for those on the spectrum.  A must read for those with pre-teens and older.

Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson: There was some discussion about moms hesitating to let their kids see the title of the book, but the contents were sharable with their kids.  Luke Jackson, the author, has Asperger's Syndrome and offers helpful information for others with AS through middle school and high school (coming of age).

A Parents' Guide to Asperger Syndrome: Information about Asperger's and High Functioning Autism as well as practical advice for dealing with behavior.

Social Skills Picture Book for High School & Beyond by Jed Baker: Our kids are visual learners.  This book gives older kids and teens visual input for the right and wrong things to do in social situations.

Pretending to be Normal by Liane Holiday Willey: This one is an autobiography.  The author and her daughter both have AS.

Parenting your Asperger Child by Alan Sohn & Cathy Grayson: Two moms recommended and one noted that her husband especially found it helpful when they first got the diagnosis for their son.  This book is a resource of parenting tips.

Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome - 200 Tips & Strategies by Brenda Boyd: This is the mom of Luke Jackson, author of another book above.  She journaled what worked and what didn't and talks about the different approach to parenting that Asperger's requires.

How to Teach Life Skills to Kids With Autism or Asperger's Syndrome by Jennifer Myers: Author has Asperger's Syndrome.  She offers advice on how to teach practical life skills, including time management.

A Quest for Social Skills by Jo Ellen Cumpata & Susan Fell: Has activities and reproducible pages along with a CD-ROM for printing off worksheets

Hopefully I got them all.

If you have a favorite book to share with the group, leave the title and author in the comments for us.
We are hopeful that we can add moms from areas outside of Tulsa to expand our Mom Network and information.  Please pass our blog link and Facebook page along to your friends.  The more minds working together, the more we can accomplish!

Have a great week!
~ Jonni