Everyday Activities to Help Your Young Child with Autism Live Life to the Full
By Debra S. Jacobs and Dion E. Betts

Buy the Book: Amazon | Indiebound

This books is sort of a cross behind basic life coping skills meets home OT for the rest of us kind of book. There are explanations for why certain situations may be arising in your household and different solutions for how to deal and cope with these situations. And then there are exercises and activities meant to help. The areas the book covers include among other things:

  • Body Awareness
  • Coordination
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Daily Living Skills (including both in and outside the home)

This book is good if you have just been hit with an autism diagnosis and need a place to start both with coping skills and with other daily tasks. The book has a nice “intro to autism” feel, and it provides some good solid advice. However, if you have much experience, the book is going to be too simplistic and you will already know most of what is covered. Also, I had personally expected more actual activities in the book. Activities are there, but I had personally expected play-time type of therapy activities, and many of them are things that aren’t “fun” but things that need to be accomplished in daily life.

Overall, I would recommend this for beginners and people just starting to learn to deal with an autistic individual in their life. More experienced parents can skip it in favor of more detailed regimes. I would recommend the Floortime Play Therapy technique book, Engaging Autism.

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