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The Carrington Autism Resource Center serves children, families, teachers and clinicians in Danville and Southside Virginia.
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We have added the following 23 books to our shelves:

Asperger's Syndrome - What Teachers Need to Know (Matt Winter with Clare Lawrence)

Business for Aspies (Ashley Stanford)

Exploring Feelings for Young Children with High-Functioning Autism or Asperger's Disorder (Angela Scarpa, Anthony Wells and Tony Attwood)

Getting Into the Game - Sports Programs for Kids with Autism (Veronica Smith and Stephanie Patterson)

Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions (Paula Moraine)

I AM Special (Peter Vermeulen)

Letters to the Homefront (John Clements)

Life After High School (Susan Yellin and Christina Cacioppo Bertsch)

Made for Good Purpose (Michael P. McMammon)

Managing Meltdowns (Lipsky and Will Richards)

Navigating the Social World (Jeanette McAfee)

Ready, Set, Potty! (Brenda Batts)

Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome (Ann Palmer)

Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Davida Hartman)

Sexuality and Severe Autism (Kate E. Reynolds)

The Asperkid's Launch Pad (Jennifer Cook O'Toole)

The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules (Jennifer Cook O'Toole)

The Complete Guide to Creating A Special Needs Life Plan (Hal Wright)

The Complete Guide to Getting a Job for People with Aspeger's Syndrome (Barbara Bissonnette)

The Comprehensive Guide to Special Education Law (George Giuliani)

The Parent's Guide to In-Home ABA Programs (Elle Olivia Johnson)

The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents) (Verdick and Reeve)

When the School Says No...How to Get the Yes!

Activity Guides and Kits at the Autism Resource Center

iPad/iPhone apps at the Autism Center

  • Proloquo2Go
  • Grace
  • First Then
  • Stories2learn
  • Model me Going Places 2
  • Sentence Builder for iPad
  • iDress for Winter
  • Visual Impact
  • Off We Go
  • Fizz Brain
  • School Skills
  • Sosh: Improving Social Skills

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New at the Library

Linked here are the most recent WorldCat sources available to the Averett University Community.

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My Friend with Autism - Beverly Bishop; Craig Bishop (Illustrator)
Call Number: Juvenile Collection: PZ7.B5242 My 2011
ISBN: 9781935274186
Publication Date: 2011-03-25
Children describe what makes their autistic friend different but also explain the activities at which he excels, in a book with coloring pages and resources for parents and educators on a CD-ROM.

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The Autism Puzzle - Brita Belli
Call Number: RJ506.A9 B348 2012
ISBN: 9781609803919
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
The alarming spike in autism in recent years has sent doctors and parents on a search for answers. While many controversies have erupted, none have brought researchers any closer to a definitive explanation. The Autism Puzzle is the first book to address the compelling evidence that it is the pairing of environmental exposures with genetic susceptibilities that may be driving these rising rates. Belli examines the lives of three families with autistic children, putting a human face on the families caught between the debates and offers a refreshingly balanced perspective.

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Far from the Tree - Andrew Solomon
Call Number: HV888.5 .S65 2012
ISBN: 9780743236713
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
Andrew Solomon tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so. Solomon's startling proposition is that diversity is what unites us all. He writes about families coping with deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, multiple severe disabilities, with children who are prodigies, who are conceived in rape, who become criminals, who are transgender. While each of these characteristics is potentially isolating, the experience of difference within families is universal ...

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The Autism Revolution - Martha Herbert; Karen Weintraub
Call Number: RJ506.A9 H45 2012
ISBN: 9780345527196
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
After years of treating patients and analyzing scientific data, prominent Harvard researcher and clinician Dr. Martha Herbert offers a revolutionary new view of autism and a transformative strategy for dealing with it. Autism is not a hardwired impairment programmed into genes and destined to remain fixed forever, but the result of a cascade of events, many seemingly minor: perhaps a genetic mutation, some toxic exposures, a stressful birth, a vitamin deficiency, and a series of infections. While some doctors may dismiss a child's physical symptoms-the diarrhea, anxiety, sensory overload, sleeplessness, immune challenges, and seizures-as coincidental or irrelevant, Dr. Herbert sees them as vital clues to what the underlying problems are, and how to help.

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Carly's Voice - Arthur Fleischmann
Call Number: RJ506.A9 F587 2012
ISBN: 9781439194140
Publication Date: 2012-03-27
At the age of two, Carly Fleischmann was diagnosed with severe autism and an oral motor condition that prevented her from speaking. Doctors predicted that she would never intellectually develop beyond the abilities of a small child. Although she made some progress after years of intensive behavioral and communication therapy, Carly remained largely unreachable. Then, at the age of ten, she had a breakthrough. While working with her devoted therapists Howie and Barb, Carly reached over to their laptop and typed in "HELP TEETH HURT," much to everyone's astonishment. This was the beginning of Carly's journey toward self-realization. Although Carly still struggles with all the symptoms of autism, which she describes with uncanny accuracy and detail, she now has regular, witty, and profound conversations on the computer with her family, her therapists, and the many thousands of people who follow her via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter. In "Carly's Voice," her father, Arthur Fleischmann, blends Carly's own words with his story of getting to know his remarkable daughter. One of the first books to explore firsthand the challenges of living with autism, it brings readers inside a once-secret world and in the company of an inspiring young woman who has found her voice and her mission.

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The PRT Pocket Guide - Robert L. Koegel; Lynn Kern Koegel
Call Number: RC 553 .A88 K63 2012
ISBN: 9781598571059
Publication Date: 2012-03-22
What is Pivotal Response Treatment? What is the research behind it, what does it look like in practice, and what are some good examples of how to use it? Now one concise book gives professionals and parents all the basics of the widely used PRT, one of a select group of highly effective, evidence-based treatments for autism.

A great resource for educators, behavior specialists, early interventionists, SLPs, occupational therapists, and families, this reader-friendly pocket guide is the perfect introduction to PRT, the popular approach that uses natural learning opportunities to modify pivotal areas of behavior. Pioneering autism experts Robert and Lynn Koegel speak directly to the reader, demystifying PRT and clearly explaining why it leads to widespread and rapid progress for children.

Filled with helpful tips and many practical examples based on actual children, the book reveals the key principles behind

* motivating children with natural reinforcers
* reducing disruptive behavior with PRT
* encouraging communication and social initiations
* developing a challenging curriculum that helps children make progress
* assessing children meaningfully in natural environments
* closely collaborating with parents on goals and interventions
* helping families weave interventions into everyday routines
* ensuring that children generalize skills to other settings
* decreasing parents' stress and offering positive support

Throughout the book, the Koegels engage readers with down-to-earth guidance based on best practice, true stories from their decades of experience with children and families, and clear explanations of what the research says about PRT. And the end-of-chapter questions for teachers, therapists, and parents reinforce key points and prepare them for effective PRT implementation.


Beat the Winter Blues

Welcome to The Carrington Autism Resource Center Website! I hope you find this site to be helpful as you navigate the web looking for answers and support for yourself, family and/or loved one.

What a great time of year it is!  The fresh green grass, blossoming trees and budding flowers demonstrate the "newness" that each Spring provides.  Spring also means warmer days, longer hours of daylight and more after school activities.  To some, Spring does NOT provide excitement.  Instead, its a time of high anxiety.  Testing and IEP seasons are upon us and it always amazes me how much anxiety is present in the homes, schools and even community during this season. 

In my 14 years of navigating this season, let me assure you, this, too, shall pass.  Below are listed the Top Five Ideas to Survive IEPs!  Let this list guide you as you travel this road and please know that the Carrington Autism Resource Center is here to help in any way! 


1.  COMMUNICATION = Communicate with your child, the teacher, other school personnel and your spouse/family.  In order for your child to benefit, ALL those invovled in his/her educational experience are important contributors.


2.  BE PRESENT = Schedules are tight and "to do lists" are long; however, in order to best contribute to your child's educational experience and IEP process you must be in attendance. 


3.  ASK QUESTIONS/SPEAK UP = You are your child's advocate.  He/she relies on you to understand what is expected of him/her.  When in doubt, ask!  It is important you understand all of the verbiage in the IEP, as this document will follow your child for an entire year.  Things can always be added or subtracted from the document; however, it remains a legal binding document between you, the child and the school.  Never commit to something you don't understand.


4.  TAKE NOTES = There is so much information provided at these meetings from all persons present.  Record the meetings either in written or taped format in order to review later for specific details.


5.  KNOW YOUR RIGHTS = Take time to "brush-up" on your rights as a parent/guardian prior to your meeting.  If there is something within those that you do not understand, feel free to touch base with an advocate or a representative from the Department of Education.  The more relaxed and confident you feel prior to the meeting, the more successful the outcome.



Dr. Jill C. Hamlin, OTR/L
Director of Autism Studies
Averett Univeristy
344 West Main Street
Danville, VA 24541


Autism Support Network


E-Books on Autism

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The Autism Matrix - Gil Eyal
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9780745674117
Publication Date: 2013-05-03
The authors argue that the recent rise in autism should be understood an "aftershock" of the real earthquake, which was the de-institutionalization of mental retardation in the mid-1970s. This entailed a radical transformation not only of the institutional matrix for dealing with developmental disorders of childhood, but also of the cultural lens through which we view them. It opened up a space for viewing and treating childhood disorders as neither mental illness nor mental retardation, neither curable nor incurable, but somewhere in-between. The authors show that where de-institutionalization went the furthest, as in Scandinavia, UK and the "blue" states of the US, autism rates are also highest. Where it was absent or delayed, as in France, autism rates are low. Combining a historical narrative with international comparison, The Autism Matrix offers a fresh and powerful analysis of a condition that affects many parents and children today.

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Embracing Autism - Robert Parish; Susan Senator (Foreword by)
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9781118750056
Publication Date: 2013-05-17
Through sensitive, sometimes humorous, experienced based writing from teachers, clinicians, and parent activists in the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community, this book will help educators and others to better understand the world inhabited by ASD children.

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Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment - Celine A. Saulnier; Pamela E. Ventola
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9781118220771
Publication Date: 2012-03-22
Essentials of Autism Spectrum Disorders Evaluation and Assessment addresses the main domains of assessment, defines the purpose of the assessment, suggests test instruments, and discusses the unique clinical applications of each instrument to the diagnosis of ASD.

The Autism Checklist - Paula Kluth; John Shouse
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9781118662076
Publication Date: 2013-02-06
Covers basic information on autism, checklists for parents, checklists for teachers, effective support strategies, and resources.

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Treatment Planning for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders - Naomi Chedd; Karen Levine
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9781118221068
Publication Date: 2012-12-06
Rooted in evidence-based practices, Chedd and Levine provide a 7-step dynamic treatment planning process. The book shows how a variety of current interventions and treatments can be incorporated into this process and includes applications of different approaches for tackling different problems. The nine illustrative case vignettes cover a wide variety of ages, developmental challenges, learning and social profiles, and school and family circumstances.

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The Handbook of Language and Speech Disorders - Jack S. Damico (Editor); Nicole Müller (Editor); Martin J. Ball (Editor); Nicole Müller (Editor); Nicole Müller (Editor); Nicole Mller (Editor)
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9781444318982
Publication Date: 2012-05-14
Presents a comprehensive survey detailing the state of the art in speech, language, and cognitive/intellectual disorders, with contributions from more than 20 leading scholars.

Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions - R. Kathryn Mchugh
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9780199874866
Publication Date: 2012-01-01
Despite the existence of effective and economical psychological interventions for many mental disorders, the adoption of these treatments in service provision settings worldwide has lagged. A major gap persists between the development and identification of such interventions and their availability to the general public. Building upon the multidisciplinary literature on the science of dissemination and implementation, Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Psychological Interventions examines state-of-the-art programs to improve access to psychological interventions.

Caring for Children with Special Healthcare Needs and Their Families - Linda L. Eddy (Editor)
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9781118517963
Publication Date: 2013-01-23
Addresses the challenges of providing optimal general and routine care for the special needs population. The book begins with chapters on common aspects of this population, including physical or sensory disabilities and developmental and learning disabilities. Subsequent chapters expound on more specific topics.

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The Science of Making Friends - Elizabeth Laugeson
Call Number: E-Book available to AU students and faculty
ISBN: 9781118416501
Publication Date: 2013-08-22
Puts the focus on teens and young adults with autism, based on UCLA's PEERS program, a research-based approach to help adolescents and young adults with autism make and keep friends. This step-by-step guide helps parents, educators, and others to provide "social coaching" to teens and young adults on the spectrum. The book includes concrete rules and steps of social etiquette identified through research. Parents can use the book to assist in improving conversational skills, expanding social opportunities (including dating), identifying strategies for handling peer rejection, and developing and enhancing friendships. Lessons are taught using didactic teaching narratives, followed by key rules and steps.


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