Spectrummy Mummy

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Seven Keys to Unlock Autism: Review and Giveaway

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Elaine Hall is the founder of The Miracle Project, an acclaimed arts program for children with autism and other special needs which was featured in the EMMY Award-winning documentary, Autism: The Musical. Together with Executive Director, Diane Isaacs, we are introduced to the training program they developed for The Miracle Project to teach the techniques necessary to reach and teach children on the autism spectrum.

Hall and Isaacs, both mothers of children on the autism spectrum, acknowledge what many parents learn the hard way- to effectively engage with our children, we must develop the skills within ourselves to facilitate interaction through a child-led approach, focusing on the unique skills and talents of the individual, and understanding of sensory needs. Seven Keys to Unlock Autism breaks down these skills into self-guided exercises, together with real-life examples of using each key in a ‘locked’ situation to facilitate genuine inclusion.

The book also comes complete with a DVD featuring experts such as Stephen Shore, Alex Plank, Barry Prizant and the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan discussing how these methods can be used to develop educators and care providers with the necessary skills to enhance the communicative and social skills of children on the autism spectrum.

This work would be essential for a child moving into a mainstreaming situation, particularly if the teacher or facilitator was inexperienced with autism. Indeed, even educators with several years experience would find this an incredibly useful tool if they needed an alternative and creative approach to establishing a relationship with a child for whom other methods have failed.

As we are considering moving Pudding to a mainstream classroom for the first time, I won’t hesitate to give a copy of this book to those entrusted with her education. Without an open-minded appreciation of the different ways our daughter learns and develops, any efforts at effectively building a learning relationship with her will be stalled. This is an excellent guide to supporting a miracle in the classroom.

Here is the best part for you: I have three copies of Seven Keys to Unlock Autism to give away*. To take part, please leave a comment telling us about the miracle in your life, and be sure to “like” my Facebook page where I will be announcing the winners at the end of the week.  ***Giveaway now over, all prizes have been claimed.***

Seven Keys to Unlock Autism by Elaine Hall and Diane Isaacs is published by Jossey-Bass and is available now for purchase.

*Apologies to my international readers, due to shipping restrictions, only those with a valid US, APO or DPO postal address can take part in this giveaway.

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

May 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

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  1. My MIRACLE goes by the name of Riley. We were told early on by a therapist that came into our home that since his language was so limited and his affect was also troubling his prognosis was poor. He was less than 2 years old! Now 10 years later Riley has been called a “Beacon of Hope” by a friend with a younger child on the spectrum and “The Mayor” of our town because he knows everyone. A former regular education teacher said “this is RIley’s world and we are his guests”. His gift is his ability to remember your name and the names of any pets you might have. We have been able to educate him in our Public Schools and that has given him the gift of a sense of community and belonging! We are truly blessed-


    May 3, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    • I love the sound of your miracle, Pam! The Mayor sounds like the coolest kid ever, so nice that the people of your town appreciate his special gifts. 🙂

      Spectrummy Mummy

      May 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm

  2. Hey there! What a great opportunity for you to have these books! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    You already know quite a bit about my miracle, Little Miss. Little Miss has come a long way since that snowy November afternoon in 2008 when we met her at the Detroit international airport. In the mean time, we have learned about the challenges of attachement, feeding issues, language disorders, global developmental delays, brain injuries from fetal alcohol abuse, sensory processing disorder, epilepsy and finally… now… autism. Yet, through EVERYTHING, Little Miss continues to push, continues to grow, and continues to surprise us. The fact that we have her and she has us continues to be my miracle. She is the child our family was meant to have and for that, I love her more than words.


    May 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  3. Maisy Jean just turned four last week and she is a miracle in so many ways. we were told we would not have any children and then surprise she was coming….. planned and got ready for her arrival just didnt plan on our other new friend autism. She is headstrong and willful and she struggles cause she cant communicate what her thoughts are to us but she is beautiful. we are making some progress now with OT – which I discounted for so long and now can really appreciate. there is hope.

    Brenda S Yost

    May 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    • I’m joining you in your hope for a brighter future for Maisy Jean. Congratulations on winning the book! 🙂

      Spectrummy Mummy

      May 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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