An interview with Christy Evanko from Good Friend Books

I recently wrote an article for ProviderSearch.com and received this message from Christy Evanko:

I have the same issue at school. My son is high functioning and doesn’t “look different” but because of confidentiality, they can’t say what is different about him. So I wrote a book about it and read it to his class each year. Now, rather than the kids not knowing why he acts the way he does, they go out of their way to help him.

Wow – what a wonderful idea!

And, it turns out that she is creating these books for others now so I knew I had to find out more!

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Christy says, “I wrote this book because several things happened that led me to believe that my son’s classmates did not Christy Evanko - Good Friend Booksknow that he has Autism, and did not understand why he did certain things. I figured since they didn’t know, they probably made up explanations for his behaviors. I wanted to inform his classmates about Autism and encourage them to be his friend rather than being afraid of him. I have read the book to his classes two years in a row and have seen improvements compared to his kindergarten year when I did not have the book.”

Christy Evanko is a parent of three children, one with Autism. She holds a graduate certificate in ABA (applied behavior analysis).

Want to get your own Good Friend Book?

Learn more at Good Friend Books or email Christy at christy@goodfriendbooks.com.

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Sandra

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From the Archives – Inspired by Carly’s Voice

Technical Difficulties graphicDue to some scheduling snafu’s and a technical glitch, I don’t have an interview for you this week. I do however, want to share three interviews from the archives.

I’m listening to the audio version of Carly’s Voice, an absolutely stunning book about a young woman with Autism. Technology allowed her to share herself with us and I think we are only beginning to see the changes her words will bring.

Listening to this book reminds me of three interviews I have done that I want share again, in case you missed them.

Provider Search DirectoryOne is with Tyler Burke of Provider Search Directory. Tyler’s service helps families connect with people and services and as Carly’ story demonstrates, finding the right fit is so incredibly important. Listen here.

The second interview is with Dr. Mueller of Stimulus Publications. Dr. Mueller and I talk about what ABA, Applied Behavior Analysis, is and how to work with your child’s IEP Team to help your child. I think ABA had a significant impact on Carly and allowed her the glimpse the possible. Listen here.

MaximumPotentialKids.comThe third interview is with Garrett Butch of Maximum Potential Kids. Garrett and I talked about ABA from a parent’s point of view. Clearly ABA gave Carly’s parent’s hope and let them see the possibilities. Listen here.

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Next week I will post an interview with an author who has a very unique way of helping other’s meet your child. Stay tuned!

Enjoy!

Sandra

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Welcome to my Interview with Dr. Mueller

Dr. Michael Mueller - Stimulus PublicationsWelcome to my Interview with Dr. Michael Mueller of Stimulus Publications. A few weeks ago I interviewed Garrett Butch of Maximum Potential Kids. We discussed the benefits of ABA Therapy (Applied Behavioral Analytics) from a parents perspective.

In this interview, Dr. Mueller goes deeper into how ABA Therapy is used and how you can share the benefits with your child’s IEP Team so that everyone is using it together.

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Resources Dr. Mueller shared:

Stimulus Publications

Partington Behavioral Analysts

Different Roads to Learning

In Canada – Parent Books

Behavioral Development Solutions 

Maximum Potential Kids 

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Enjoy!

Sandra

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Autism/PDD – The News You Need This Week (10/24/11)

Autism/PDD – The News You Need This Week

Andrea Richardson of Thriving with Autism did an interesting interview with Matthew Lehman of Able Pathways talking about Applied Behavioral Analysis. Here’s the post with the interview links.

Many of us have an “elevator speech” to quickly tell people about our business. Here are some great tips to develop one to help people understand what is happening with your child – Tips for those Looking to Understand.

There are a ton of apps available to help people with a wide range of Disabilities and it can be a bit overwhelming to try and find the ones that will help your Family Member. On Squidalicious, Leo uses iPad apps a lot. This post has links to a lot of resources and articles about Leo and his iPad and information on iPad apps – Squidalicious on iPad Apps.

There’s been a lot of talk in the news lately about the relationship between low birth weight in newborns and Autism. The best article I’ve seen is this one on Left Brain Right Brain - Autism Risk and low birth weight newborns

If you have found any great resources, please share them in the Comments Section.

 

 

Best Practice Autism: Social Stories: An Emerging and Effective Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

I just saw this post this morning and was reminded how much social stories helped Matthew when he was young. If you aren’t familiar with social stories, please check this out:

Best Practice Autism: Social Stories: An Emerging and Effective Intervention for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).