A well-presented, valuable resource for parents and educators.


This guide presents a framework for how young people on the autism spectrum can develop a sense of self and become fully integrated into society.

Cathy Dodge Smith (Autism Spectrum Disorder and Traumatic Incident Reduction, 2015), the founding president of the Davis Dyslexia and Autism Facilitators’ Association of Canada, has an autistic son and grandson. Ronald D. Davis, who struggled with dyslexia and autism into adulthood, drew on his experiences to develop the Davis Autism Approach Program in 2008.  People with autism have problems with social relationships, communication skills, and repetitive behaviors, the author writes. They also perceive everyday phenomena as “Unusual Sensory Experiences,” as when a vacuum cleaner provokes a panic reaction. The Davis Autism Approach, led by a licensed facilitator, is conducted in one-week blocks and in three basic stages. First, patients must become oriented and stable—able to follow directions and learn through the senses. For the severely impaired, Davis prescribes a natural orientation inducing tool, which emits a regular “ting” sound to promote focus. A second step is identity development, fueled by the theories of Erik Erikson and Jean Piaget and focused on helping patients understand emotions, desires, and responsibilities. The program relies heavily on clever clay models that represent the self and others and their interactions to explain abstract concepts like cause and effect. The final step is social integration, which helps patients with listening, taking turns, and discerning what behavior is appropriate in different contexts. In this user-friendly guide, the author explains these steps and strategies in lucid prose, including plenty of case studies that show the approach in action. Her own son, Desmond Smith, who has autism and is now a Davis facilitator, recounts how he learned to adjust to life’s changes. The photographs  of the clay models that he and Kelly shot make it easier for readers to picture how Davis’ ideas might be put into practice, and a final section of further case studies from patients and their parents is ample testimony to the program’s success. The key, the author believes, is that this system doesn’t command specific behaviors; instead, it teaches the reasoning behind them.

A well-presented, valuable resource for parents and educators.

Pub Date: May 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-5255-1695-5

Page Count: 222

Publisher: FriesenPress

Review Posted Online: Aug. 24, 2018

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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