Book Reviews from the Joan Cassel Memorial Library

News and Reviews from the Joan Cassel Memorial Library, by Elaine Butler, Librarian

Buckleitner’s Guide to Using Tablets with Young Children, By Warren Buckleitner, PhD

I love this 103 page book. It is so easy to use, with a comprehensive index to help you find a tip quickly. It is illustrated with drawings and colorful photos of children using tablets. You also learn to childproof your child’s tablet and gives information about choosing appropriate APPS. This book lives in the AT Lab so check us both out.


Crazy-Stressed, by Dr. Michael Bradley

If you have a teen, with or without disabilities, he/she is probably sleep deprived, stressed, overbooked, depressed and lacking coping skills. The author is a father and a professional with 30 years of working with teen experience. This book gives strategies on how to build a resilient teen. It also addresses the coping skills of the parents. Help your teen with love, laughter and your own resilience.


How to Advocate Successfully for Your Child, by Greer M. Gurland, ESQ

Here is another 103 page instruction book. It is written for parents to teach them  advocacy skills to help their child. The book is very user friendly and gives the reader the major points of special education law and the legal rights of the child. It will give the reader new confidence.


The Autism Job Club, by Michael S. Bernick and Richard Holden

The authors currently belong to us. Both work in San Francisco in employment statistics and related fields. The large number of people with diagnoses on the Autism Spectrum, who are not employed opened a need to discover how this can be changed. They opened an autism job club in the San Francisco Bay Area. This book documents how they created jobs and placed people with autism into the new jobs. The job applicants are coached to get and keep one of these jobs. Find out how it is done and how to access an autism job club.


Mindful Parenting for ADHD, by Mark Bertin, MD

A lot is said about the use of mindfulness to reduce stress and create calm. The book’s focus is on the parents using mindfulness techniques to create their own self-calm to build a better relationship with their child with ADHD. It goes on to explore how to deal with challenging behaviors, create better communication and much more. There is an excellent Table of Contents that allows you to find that tidbit of information you need quickly. The chapters are easy to use, so borrow it from the library!


It’s not a Perfect World But I’ll Take It: 50 Life Lessons for Teens Like Me – Who Are Kind of Autistic, by Jennifer Rose

The author, is a young adult with autism. She is also a college student and is sharing some of the skills she learned to make her own life happier. There are photo illustrations and short chapters that “get to the point” and give insight into the issue and how to address it. She writes about dream/reality, friends that understand you, family relationships and again so much more. The writer uses humor optimism to show us how to address young adult issues. It would be good to read and discuss this book with your teen or young adult,