Of the hundreds of books Special Needs Book Review has reviewed, “Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom“ and “More Behavior Solutions In and Beyond the Inclusive Classroom“ by Beth Aune, OTR/L, Beth Burt, and Peter Gennaro are still some of our favorites! Today we are happy to introduce the newest companion in this bestselling series, “Behavior Solutions for the Home and Community: See a Behavior, Look it Up!” by Beth Aune, OTR/L.
Please note: Links to our reviews of the first two books, interviews with Beth Aune and Beth Burt, and where to buy the books are at the end of this post.
The first two books focused on providing practical solutions and strategies for teachers and school personnel to respond to the child’s negative behaviors associated with poor sensory processing. Behavior Solutions for the Home and Community is a tool for parents who have children whose behaviors are impeding their daily life. It is a handy reference guide with practical, efficient, immediately doable behavior solutions to help a child with autism and/or sensory issues succeed in every day activities.
Features We Love:
One feature we love in these three books is its format. After having been read once, so you know the many behaviors and solutions included, the books belong close at hand to be consulted numerous times. The author(s) found a very simple and effective format which they use throughout the books. The behavior and possible causes of the behavior are explained clearly in a short paragraph and bullet form solutions follow.
These solutions are practical, efficient and immediately doable without expensive, extra teaching tools or home equipment. The solutions can be implemented by a busy person with other children under their care.
Once parents see a particular behavior, they can quickly look up an in-the-moment solution in Behavior Solutions for the Home and Community. The 115 pages are divided into 5 parts with 35 chapters. To find solutions to your child’s behavior problem, you just have to skim the detailed Table of Contents to find the chapter you are looking for.
See how easy it is. This is a section of the Table of Contents:
Section One: Self Care and Promoting Independence
Chapter 1 – Getting Dressed
Chapter 2 – Restricted Clothing Choices
Chapter 3 – Buttoning, Zipping, and Snapping
Chapter 4 – Shoe Tying
Chapter 5 – Bathing and Showering Issues
Chapter 6 – Haircuts and Grooming
Chapter 7 – Teeth Brushing
Chapter 8 – Cutting Fingernails and Toenails
Chapter 9 – Lotions and Sunscreens
Chapter 10 – Toileting
Once parents have found the chapter that covers the behavior they want, they read more about what could be causing that behavior, and more importantly, how to overcome it.
This helpful book is intended to provide general, practical solutions for busy (and often overwhelmed) parents who can benefit from a handy reference guide to help them address common behaviors at home and in the community. A must-have for every home with an autistic child and/or sensory processing challenges!
The team at Special Needs Book Review highly recommends Behavior Solutions for the Home and Community by Beth Aune, OTR/L, the newest companion in this very successful series! We congratulate the author as Behavior Solutions for the Home and Community was named a Gold Award Recipient by the Mom’s Choice Awards!
Excerpt from Behavior Solutions for the Home and Community
As a pediatric occupational therapist, it is an honor and a privilege to work closely with parents and caregivers of children with a variety of special needs. This partnership is a valuable and critical component to help children develop vital skills to help them be effective and active participants during the daily activities of their lives. Challenges experienced by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADD/ADHD, and other diagnoses must be addressed within the context of the family. This approach is both necessary and beneficial to foster the children’s increased independence, improved behavior, and healthy self-image, as well as promoting improved peace and harmony for the entire family at home and in the community.
During my work with children and their families, questions and concerns that consistently require guidance, strategies, and support are in the areas of:
- Self Care
- Eating and Mealtime Issues
- Bedtime and Sleeping Concerns
- Community Outings
- Relationships with Family and Friends
My two previous books, coauthored with Beth Burt and Peter Gennero, Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom and Behavior Solutions for the Inclusive Classroom and Beyond, focused on providing solutions and strategies for teachers and school personnel. The straightforward format of the books: “What is the behavior, why is it occurring, and what can we do to help?” has been extremely well received and found to be effective by offering practical solutions for challenging behaviors.
Parents, as well as educational professionals, have also expressed a desire to understand why their children exhibit behaviors such as: melt-downs and becoming over-stimulated, rigidity, controlling behaviors, avoidance, disorganization, limited independence during self-care, and decreased social interaction. They are interested in learning and implementing strategies that are practical and relevant to their child’s specific needs, with the added element of considering that child within the context of the family’s daily life. Comments such as, “I need ideas that don’t add more work for me” and “I have three other children. I don’t have time to implement a complicated plan” are becoming a theme during my work with parents.
This book, the third in the series of Behavior Solutions, was conceived in response to those desires. There are numerous, extremely helpful resources for families that delve more deeply into the areas discussed in this book and some are included in the appendices.
This book is intended to provide general, practical solutions for busy (and often overwhelmed) parents who can benefit from a handy reference guide to help them address common behaviors at home and in the community. These solutions have been successfully implemented, for years, by a multitude of parents and caregivers with whom I have been honored to work with, as a partner, to foster their child’s growth and progress. This book is a labor of love, dedicated to the families and to the wonderfully unique children who have challenged and inspired me to become a better occupational therapist, and even more important, a better person.