Top 8: Books I’m Looking forward to in 2017

books-484754_960_720These books may not actually end up being published in 2017 (or they may be very delayed given the unreliability of the release dates on Amazon sometimes) but as a bit of fun here are the eight books (I couldn’t keep it to just five) I am most looking forward to in 2017.

8. Caught in the Web of the Criminal Justice System: Autism, Developmental Disabilities and Sex Offenses Now I don’t know what to expect from this book because both Nick Dubin (who has Aspergers) and his father Lawrence Dubin have contributed to this book. For those unaware – Nick Dubin was arrested and charged for possession of child pornography a few years back. I don’t know how this book will turn out or what it’s “angle” is, and that is part of why I want to read it. The other part is that autism and the criminal justice system is a very under researched area.

7. Successful Social Stories for School and College with Autism: Growing up with Social Stories One of the main barriers to social stories for anyone other than young children is that most people automatically think of the very simple, childlike social stories that are easily found on Google and Pinterest. Social Stories for adolescents and adults often need a different approach; I am hoping this book will provide that.

6. How Autism is Reshaping Special Education: The Unbundling of IDEA This one’s based on the US education system but many of the issues and dilemmas are mirrored in the UK system. I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase “What’s good for students with SEND is good for all students”. Well…with autism that’s not always true and it’s no exaggeration to say that the education systems are struggling to cope. Even though I’m out of the SEN system for now, I’m still interested in this publication.

5. How to start, carry on and end conversations: Scripts for Social Situations for People on the Autism SpectrumI really struggle with social situations (unsurprisingly) and always enjoy books that help me develop my skills. I’m hopeful that this might be one such book.

4. Bittersweet on the Autism SpectrumLuke Beardon and Dean Worton are two autistic adults that I follow on Twitter, although I’ve not yet seen either speak yet. They have collected together some experiences from autistic people for this book and as long as it’s not hideously sickly-sweet neurodiversity stuff I’m hopeful I will enjoy it.

3. Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: a young man’s voice from the silence of autism Remember ‘The Reason I Jump?‘ You probably do since it’s arguably one of the most popular “autism book” in recent years alongside ‘Neurotribes’ and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. It also generated a lot of controversy, particularly over whether Higashida actually wrote it. This is the next book by Naoki Higashida, and it will be interesting to see what follows on from the first.

2. Intervention for Toddlers using Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Practical StrategiesParents of autistic children are often told online by autistic adults to “find a means of communication that works for them”. Sadly when they ask how they often get a response rather akin to “try RPM or just give them a keyboard they might surprise you”. There’s not much in the way of practical advice for AAC and how to teach it to autistic children – maybe this book will provide some answers.

1. The Essential Guide to Safe Travel-Training for Children with Autism and Intellectual DisabilitiesThis is what I currently do as a job, so I am really interested to see how this author’s advice matches up to my own experiences. The development of independence skills in adolescents and adults is an area which could also use further information.

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