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This Week’s Reading

26 Jul

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This week I’m reading two books simultaneously (glorious!): No Fighting, No Biting, No Screaming: How to Make Behaving Positively Possible for People With Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities by Bo Hejlskov Elven and The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I’ll wait to comment on the Grossman until I finish, that being the way with fiction, but I cannot stop talking about Elven’s book. It is a revelation. The book talks in depth about how we, the caregivers, need to think about the people who are in our care. The book is about letting go of power and relinquishing control, about understanding that the way people with disabilities look at the world might be different than the way we (as caregivers) do, about finding ways to create positive manipulation rather than resorting to power struggles. In short, it’s really good. I’d highly recommend to anyone who works or lives with someone with a disability. The book is empowering, a caring, thoughtful way for us to look at the people we love–as the unique, fantastic individuals that we know they are. Rather than getting frustrated we must think, and Elven gives us a great paradigm to look through. I’ll keep talking about this one for a while…