Special Post: Christmas at Books on Autism

So to my surprise I have managed to (mostly) maintain this blog for 1 year, 4 months and 17 days now. There was a bit of a gap in posting as real life got in the way but I can say with certainty that I have done much better than I expected. I like statistics and since this is an end of year post I think this is about the only place I get to put them.

 

Statistics

I have had 4, 210 views across 2,982 visitors which is really surprising to me so thank you to everyone who has viewed my blog and especially those of you who keep coming back even when my posting gets a bit irregular. The top five countries in terms of views were:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Australia
  4. France
  5. Canada

and there have been views from a total of sixty different countries which I find really amazing.

 

Favourite books read in 2016

I couldn’t narrow it down to one so my two favourite books read and reviewed this year were:

Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin

Access and Inclusion for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder by Matthew Hesmondhalgh

 

Books I WILL get around to reading in 2017

These are the top five books people either keep recommending or I have started and never finished or that I just keep meaning to read.

  1. Special Needs and Legal Entitlement by Melinda Nettleton and John Friel – Not the most thrilling of titles perhaps but I keep coming across situations where I wish I knew more about the legal side of the SEND system so I will read this book in 2017.
  2. Neurotribes by Steve Silberman- Everyone vaguely associated with autism has been recommended this book by now. In case you don’t know this book has been praised as revolutionary in the autism community. I have tried to get into reading it three times now and every time I lose interest before the 100 page mark and put it down. Maybe this year I’ll get around to reading it.
  3. The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin – I keep meaning to open this book and read it. When I was working in education the biological side of autism was less of a priority but it is on my list for 2017 so that’s kind of a commitment.
  4. Understanding Autism through Rapid Prompting Method by Soma Mukhopadhyay – RPM gets brought up a lot by the online autism communities, heralded as this wonderous and effective method that should be embraced by everyone. I’m not convinced but I’m interested enough to want to read and see what all the fuss is about.
  5. Sexuality and Relationship Education for Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder by Davida Hartman – I started reading this when I worked in education and was really pushing for SRE to be a part of the education for the students I supported. Unfortunately I was never able to convince the more senior staff of the value and became quite disillusioned. I think now it’s time for me to finish reading it.

So that’s it for now, until next time and I hope you had a Merry Christmas

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