Book Review: Autism Everyday

Alyson Beytien is an Autism Consultant and the mother of 3 boys who are all on the autism spectrum. In other words, she is not only an ‘expert’, but a superwoman!  An autism specialist, Ms. Beytien’s collection of essays (originally published in Autism Spectrum Quarterly magazine) give parents and teachers practical strategies for living with, and teaching, children with autism.

As with all diagnoses, those diagnosed with autism range from low to high functioning levels, and absolutely every variation in between. An informative and insightful read, Ms. Beytien broaches the subject with humour and anecdotes from her family’s daily routines and challenges.  From her son’s obsession with trains to the decision to send one of their sons away to school, she shares the emotional roller coaster that she and her husband ride daily.

A fairly quick read (thank you!), Beytien avoids unending medical jargon and includes short lists of practical strategies at the end of each chapter.   Broaching the subject from the perspective of the parent, Beytien  shares her families daily life challenges with the reader, giving us not only her professional insight but (more importantly) her insight as  parent of 3 boys living on the spectrum.

Whether you have a child diagnosed with Autism, or you work with children who live with autism, this book is essential for your personal reference library.   For this teacher, Beytien has passed on some golden strategies that I am excited to try in my classes and has given me a deeper insight into the daily challenges of families experiencing Autism alongside their children.

Author:   Jacqui Davidson

Inclusive and Accessible Dance.

One dimension of AD4L’s focus is inclusivity – finding and creating opportunities for providing inclusive, accessible dance.  Each individual, with or without a disability, is unique.   When individuality and disability is combined together a unique perspective within the disability is created – making it challenging to find the best way to connect with the individual.   To expand our knowledge on the subject information has been sought from various organizations such as Barrier Free Manitoba and TED.

Here are two excellent videos on living with Autism Spectrum Disorder and an interesting video on Music and the Mind, each gives us a unique perspective into living within a disability.

My Autism and Me

TED talk:  The world needs all kinds of minds (Autism and Temple Grandin)

TED talk:  Music and the Mind


Wishing you wellness in life, and dance!