Resources

Websites:

The Website Thinkkids.org has great resources for managing challenging behaviors. “At Think:Kids, we have very different ideas about how challenging kids come to be challenging.
And very different – and effective – ideas about how to help using our Collaborative Problem Solving Approach.”

Groups:

Debra Ann Afarian has a great four week course on Collaborative Problem Solving, find more information at www.hbcc.us

Debora Smith runs a caring supportive Nonprofit, Autism Resource Mom. They provide support, guidance and hope for families of children with autism spectrum disorder through a variety of initiatives: http://autismresourcemom.org/

Sara Gardner has a useful website Aspergersupport.com or behaviortoday.info

In Orange County, there is an excellent support group for those diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is called The Orange County Asperger’s Syndrome Meetup Group at http://www.meetup.com/ocaspergers/

For those diagnosed with ADD/ ADHD, there is a local CHADD group, CHADD: Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. The website is www.greaterOCchadd.org

For all mental health issues, NAMI has great resources: http://www.namicalifornia.org/affiliates-detail.aspx?idno=14&lang=ENG&cnty=All%20Counties

Articles:

This article outlines the signs and symptoms, as well as diagnosis and treatment of Asperger’s Syndrome: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/asperger/detail_asperger.htm

Books:

I often use Cognitive Behavioral interventions from the book “Mind Over Mood” by Dennis Greenberger and Christine Padesky. It can be purchased here.

Ross Greene and Stuart Ablon’s work on Collaborative Problem Solving moved empathy to the forefront of treatment of the individual diagnosed with Asperger’s. http://www.amazon.com/The-Explosive-Child-Understanding-Chronically/dp/0062270451

There is a great book for teenagers and young adults diagnosed with Asperger’s:
http://michaeluram.com/2011/01/13/the-aspergers-syndrome-guide-for-teens-and-young-adults/

Daniel Goleman is an amazing author. His two books Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence often guide clients to a more comprehensive understanding of our two often overlooked intelligences.

Paul Ekman has done extensive work on nonverbal communication.

Brenda Smith Myles has helped shaped my perspective almost as much as Ross Greene and Stuart Ablon in her book: Asperger Syndrome and Difficult Moments.

Michelle Garcia Winner has clarified Social Thinking. Her interventions are very effective: http://www.amazon.com/Michelle-Garcia-Winner/e/B001K8Y6I8

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