Books

Book Review:  Starabella, New Adventures and Mixed Emotions

Starabella is a captivating story about a young girl with learning differences who expresses herself through music.  In the second book in this series, Starabella ventures out into the community and finds herself riveted by the circus but later faces sensory overload.

Book Review: Starabella, Mystery Girl of Music

Starabella is the heroine of a series of three audio and picture books about a girl with learning differences whose eyes shine like stars when she is happy.  Book one is entitled Starabella: Mystery Girl of Music, and it centers around Starabella’s experiences at home.

Starabella and the Power of Music

“Welcome to a bright new world -- where all children play and get along and are accepted for exactly who they are,” says Tara Fialco, a composer and lyricist for the books in the Starabella audio and picture book series, written by Sharon Fialco.

Summertime for Boys, A Special Reading Adventure

My husband is a pediatric neurosurgeon and a passionate fisherman. He passed that love for fishing to our son, taking him at the age of five in a jon boat out onto a lake to bait his first hook and catch his first fish.  Naturally, the fish was bigger in description than any fish can be. And now, last year, our son earned his Ph.D. in Fisheries Biology. How cool is that? 

Book Review: 22 Things

22 Things a Woman with Asperger’s Syndrome Wants Her Partner to Know

Most adults would agree that dating and relationships are hard.  Communication, control issues, mood swings, and emotions all converge together in one pot, and sometimes it boils over.  Add Asperger’s to the mix, and you add another level of complexity and challenges.

Book Review:  Next Stop

“First, it’s important to know that a story about autism isn’t a story about a single child.  It is a story about an entire family,” writes Glen Finland in her memoir Next Stop.  It’s a love story, and not just about romantic love, but the love of a family.

Book Review:  Speaking of Apraxia

Many parents appreciate books and resources from people who “have been there.”  Finally, there is a book dedicated to the diagnosis of apraxia just for parents, written by R.N. and B.S.N. Leslie A. Lindsay, who also happens to be a parent of a child with apraxia.

First Book: Books for Children in Need

First Book has a simple yet powerful mission: providing access to new books for children in need, throughout the U.S. and Canada. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from birth to high-school. First Book is transforming the lives of children in low-income communities and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.  

Book Review:  Carly's Voice

Parents of children with autism, especially those children who are non-verbal, understand the daily struggle of communication and lack of understanding.  In the book Carly’s Voice, father Arthur Fleischmann details his personal story, with the help of his daughter.

Book Review: Kids Beyond Limits

Parents of special needs children know about everyday struggles, and oftentimes feelings of hopelessness cannot be avoided.  Anat Baniel’s new book Kids Beyond Limits offers a method supported by brain research with a healthy side dose of empathy and hope.