Stages Learning provides some ideas about how to help kids with autism understand and cope with death and bereavement. Her descriptions are written with such care; even caregivers will be comforted by her words. The Communication Forms following each short topic will engage learners and include them in the conversation, allowing them to share personal experiences, thoughts, and concerns.
In order to provide effective support, care givers need to have the understanding, the skills and appropriate resources to work through these emotional reactions with them. This book explains death in concrete terms that the child with autism will understand, explores feelings that the child may encounter as a part of bereavement, and offers creative and expressive activities that facilitate healing.
Funk "It's Ok to Feel This Way" is a Healing Art coloring book that deals exclusively with children's swirl of emotions through trauma. While children may recognize themselves through some of the drawings, adults will also have a tool for reaching out to a troubled child. This book is a vehicle for discussion, for children to see that life happens without it being their fault.
Loss and Bereavement in Autism Children with autism have the right and capacity to grieve.
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As they spend the majority of their time at school, teachers and staff members will be their primary source of care and support and therefore should be trained to enable them to complete the tasks of grieving in their own way and in their own time. This natural reluctance means that we avoid discussing death until it is too late, especially with someone who has an autism spectrum disorder ASD.
Saying Goodbye A blog from Autism After 16 by Liane Kupferberg Carter a mother of two adult sons, one of whom has autism and epilepsy about the loss of their cat. They will be well aware that people around them are upset and that routines are disrupted. They will react in their individual ways. This document provides a list of resources and books concerning children and young adults and death.
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Asperger Syndrome Autism Facts and Figures. Books on bereavement. Mothers and fathers speak from the heart about the things only other bereaved parents can truly understand. By My Side also provides insight and gentle guidance for family and friends. All Rights Reserved.
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By My Side: stories of parents whose child has died from cancer By My Side shares the experiences, feelings and opinions of bereaved parents - in their own words. One day at a time Adapted from the publications by CLIC Sargent , the UK's leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families, this series uses the real experiences and advice of bereaved parents to support other parents and carers through bereavement.
Guided Imagery for Healing Children and Teens: Wellness Through Visualization, Ellen Curran Their own naturally rich imaginations are one of the best resources for healing children or helping them through difficult times. This easy-to-use manual includes an explanation of mind-body medicine and imagery, real-life case studies from the author's experience, and much rich, scripted imagery for both the younger child and teenager.
Equipped with these valuable tools, children can connect with their self-healing abilities, strengthen their self-esteem, and enjoy their own imaginations! You will learn how death impacts teenagers and ways that you can help them. The book also offers advice from parents and caregivers of bereaved teens on how to support adolescents and how to determine when professional help is needed.
The reader will find background information along with many specific activities to help teens reflect upon and talk about their particular concerns. Issues of grief are introduced through drawing, molding clay, painting, movement, writing, listening to music, as well as talking in pairs and as a group. In addition, new activities incorporate the various dimensions of the grieving process with audio-visual materials and the Internet.
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The death of a friend is a wrenching event at any age, but teenagers especially need help coping with the pain of loss. This sensitive book offers gentle advice for any teen by answering questions grieving teens often have, including "How can I stand the pain? When Dinosaurs Die; A Guide to Understanding Death, Brown and Brown Explains in simple language the feelings people may have regarding the death of a loved one and the ways to honour their memory. Beginings and Endings with Lifetimes In Between, Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen A children's book that explains death by presenting life as having a beginning and an end, with an appropriate lifetime in between.
Gentle Willow, a Story for Children About Dying, Joyce Mills Written for children who may not survive their illness or for children who know them, this tender and touching tale helps address feelings of disbelief, anger, and sadness, along with love and compassion. This little book, full of concrete advice and expressive illustrations, offers the comfort and reassurance that children need during these difficult times.
This title features a young guinea pig who expresses her distress when her mother and father go to work or on a trip. She learns ways to be comforted, and that her parents will return. Waterbugs and Dragonflys; Explaining Death to Children, Doris Stickney How can we answer the many questions young children have about death?
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The story details his feelings and, from his perspective, the way his parents and friend Annie deal with the loss, ritual of burial and questions of afterlife heaven, Barney's whereabouts now. What's Dead Mean? This outstanding work combines drawing and pasting with facilitated talking to help parents teachers child care workers or indeed anyone faced with the challenge of communicating this vital and often neglected message to the young. At traumatic times it can be difficult to find the words to say and to overcome the grief of the situation to be present for the hurting child.
What Does Dead Mean? Questions such as 'Is being dead like sleeping', 'Why do people have to die? Iris is also terminally ill. In this book, we learn how Iris copes with being sick and show she deals with sadness and loss. We also learn how Iris' family will keep the memory of her with them forever.
What About the Kids? Understanding Their Needs in Funeral Planning, The Dougy Center This book addresses the best practices for funeral and memorial services with children and teens.
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Learn how to include children in these rituals and creative ways to involve them in the process. You will find suggestions from children and teens about what was helpful and unhelpful about the funeral or memorial service they attended. Children are encouraged to express in pictures what they are often incapable of expressing in words. Includes exercises to address the questions and fears children may have.
Sensitive exercises address all the questions children may have during this emotional and troubling crisis. Heegaard provides a practical format for allowing children to understand the concept of death and develop coping skills for life.