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Party Planning for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum


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Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. Difficult Aspects of Conventional Parties. 2. Home Versus Public Venues. 3. Using Party Invitations as Visual Aids. 4. Examples of Party Plans. 5. Considering Sensory Issues and Developmental Level at Parties. 6 Challenging Aspects of Party Food. 7. Party Bags, Favours and Prizes. 8. Party Activities for 2-8 Year Old Children with ASD. 9. Party Activities for 9-12 Year Old Children with ASD. 10. Parties for Teenagers with ASD. 11. What to do When Things Go Wrong. 12. Conclusions, Further Advice and Support. Appendix 1. Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Appendix 2. The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS). Appendix 3. Makaton. Appendix 4. Visual Cues. Appendix 5. Social Stories. References.

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About the Author

Kate E. Reynolds, MSc (Dist) BSc. RGN. PGDipHEd. PGDipCouns., worked for the UK's National Health Service for 18 years, seven of which were in HIV/Aids and sexual health as a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Senior Counsellor and staff trainer. In 2005 Kate's son was diagnosed as having 'classic' autism with intellectual (learning) disabilities. Since then, Kate has written several books for JKP about sexuality education and autism/intellectual disabilities. She is a researcher and public speaker; in 2016 she spoke at an All Party Parliamentary Group meeting about sex education and disability and speaks extensively with parents and caregivers.


This book is about how to get the best "party" deal for your autistic child/children and the best "party" future. The author recognises that social events like parties can often expose an autistic child in a cruel and harmful way, and her aim is to mitigate any damage in this respect... Reynolds understands from a 'in your shoes' perspective, which is a position which gains much respect in the autism community... she shares her best tips and practice. -- Action for Asperger's

Reynolds book has good flow and structure throughout'A former nurse and counselor, a mother of an autistic child, Reynolds knows first-hand the difficulties of attending social engagements with a youngster who is on the spectrum. Here she offers a concise and practical guide to important considerations for hosting or attending parties.... Not only will parents of autistic children find helpful suggestions for parties, but any family hosting a child with autism would do well to review Reynolds's work and see how they can best make appropriate accommodations. Recommended for all libraries.'

-- Library Journal
I really liked the fact that the book was broken down from children to teens and higher and low functioning, giving different ideas for both, from simpler formats with not many activities, to more complex ones. --
It's great to have a "checklist" style guide to planning and attending parties for kids on the autism spectrum. As a mom who, without much forethought, invited a whole class full of autistic kids over for a fun afternoon, I can say that a little pre-planning can go a long way. Especially helpful are the specific recommendations for menus, activities and pre-planning. Bounce houses, trampolines, swimming pools and soft play centres are all ideal for non-competitive, low-stress venues for kids who enjoy sensory experiences but may have a tough time with organized games or social activities. -- Lisa Jo Rudy, author of Get out, Explore, and Have Fun! How Families of Children with Autism or Asperger Syndrome Can Get the Most out of Community Activities and writer for and
Giving or attending parties with a child on the autistic spectrum can be immensely challenging, and what should be fun for both of you can end up in distress and chaos. This practical book is full of sensible and useful advice for anticipating every problem and negotiating the way around it, written by one who knows exactly what she's talking about - a mum, of course. -- Jane Asher, President of the National Autistic Society

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