The Golden Hat Foundation is dedicated to changing the way people with Autism are perceived – by shining a light on their abilities and emphasizing their enormous potential. With proper education and career training, these individuals can be contributing citizens and a value to society.
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“Different … Not Less: Inspiring Stories of Achievement and Successful Employment from Adults with Autism, Asperger’s and ADHD,” by Temple Grandin (2012).
Dr. Temple Grandin found the perfect words to describe herself and the fourteen contributors of her new book who are all wrote about their lives with autism or Asperger’s.
“The Kid-Friendly ADHD & Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten Free, Milk Free Diet,” by Pamela J. Compart (2012).
The best kid-friendly recipes and guide to the gluten-free milk-free diet for ADHD and Autism.What it is. Why it works. How to do it.
“The Golden Hat: Talking Back to Autism,” by Kate Winslet, who states, “As I thought about what that meant, for a mother not to be able to talk with her own child, I realized that I had to lend my voice to raise awareness of this rapidly increasing disorder. As a mother of two, I thought, how could I not help tell this story of another mother’s journey to discover her son; a journey of courage and determination to try to change the world for children with autism.”
“Carly’s Voice Breaking Through Autism,” by Arthur Fleischmann (2012).
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
“What is Autism? Understanding Life with Autism or Asperger’s,” by Chantal Sicile-Kira (2012).
After her son was diagnosed with autism, Chantal Sicile-Kira set out to learn what she could about the disorder, found in 1 in 100 children. Her research and experience led to 41 Things to Know About Autism, in which she shares insights and information about living with what’s often described as an invisible disability since it has no universal physical characteristics and can’t be seen on the face. In question-and answer form, Sicile-Kira’s book discusses common worries, tackles controversial treatments, celebrates successes and ends on a hopeful note for the future. Her son, for whom doctors had predicted institutionalization, heads off to college this year.
“Next Stop: A Son with Autism Grows Up,” by Glen Finland (2012).
Next Stop is a candid portrait of a differently-abled young man poised at the entry to adulthood. It recounts the complex relationship between a child with autism and his family, as he steps out into the real world alone for the first time, and how his autism affects everyone who loves him.
“I Wish I were Engulfed in Flames: My Insane Life Raising Two Boys with Autism,” by Jeni Decker (2012). Jeni Decker is five-foot nothing and one hundred and [redacted] pounds—a self described roly-poly, forty-something, Reubenesque bon-bon of a gal, often called cute but never sexy. She has two sons with autism on opposite ends of the spectrum (Jake and Jaxson), a husband who prefers hunting to household chores, an Australian Shepherd named Sugar, and an albino frog named Humbert Humbert. This is her story—a brash, personal, and some-times shocking memoir of one woman’s determination to raise two healthy kids with autism and keep her sanity in the process.
“School Success with Kids with Autism,” by Prufrock Press (2012).
By outlining the best practices found in today’s classrooms, School Success for Kids With Autismdescribes how parents and teachers can work together to create nurturing, supportive, and effective classroom environments from preschool to high school.
“The Autism Puzzle: Connecting the Dots Between Environmental Toxins and Rising Autism Rates,” by Brita Belli (2012).
With 1 in 88 American children now affected by autism, The Autism Puzzle is the first book to move beyond the distractions of the vaccine debate to address compelling new evidence that autism may be the result of the pairing of environmental exposures with genetic susceptibilities that together impact the brain development of children.
“The Autism Enigma”
First shown on PBS, The Autism Enigma looks at the progress of an international group of scientists who are looking for clues to the baffling disorder by examining the amazingly diverse and powerful microbial ecosystem that’s an essential part of the human gastrointestinal tract, and the extraordinary efforts of parents who have been relentlessly pushing science forward in hopes of finding answers for their children’s condition.
“Understanding Brothers and Sisters on the Autism Spectrum,” (2007).
This DVD is designed to help siblings understand and support brothers and sisters on the autism spectrum. The DVD contains four programs; three for siblings of different ages and developmental levels, and one for their parents. The sibling programs are for children ages 4 to 7, ages 7 to 12 and ages 12 to adult. The program explores how siblings have learned to get along with, support and enjoy their autistic brothers and sisters. The program also can help parents understand the special needs of their neurotypical children. The segments for siblings ages 4-7 feature puppets and the segments for older siblings feature interviews with brothers and sisters. We interviewed mothers and fathers for the parent segments.
“Autism Movement Therapy: Empowering Your Child Through Music & Movement,” (2007).
Developed by Joanne Lara, M.A., Autism Movement Therapy combines a structured program of movement and music, connecting the left and right hemispheres of the brain for a “whole brain” cognitive re-mapping approach that significantly increases concentration, focus and social interaction in the child.
“A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism.”
Narrated by Oscar® winner Kate Winslet and directed by Oscar® nominee Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, this inspiring film follows one woman’s quest to unlock her autistic son’s mind. Margret, whose ten-year-old son Keli is severely autistic, has tried a number of treatments to help her son. Consumed by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge about this mysterious and complex condition, she travels from her home in Iceland to the United States and Europe, meeting with top autism experts and advocates.
She also connects with several other families touched by autism, whose struggles echo her own: the endless doctor visits and experiments with different treatments, the complication of doing everyday tasks, and the inability to communicate – perhaps the most painful and frustrating aspect of autism.