As a clinician, I value being a life long learner in order to provide my clients with the best care. This means that I actively seek out continuing education opportunities, including conferences, workshops, classes, research articles, and of course, books. Interested in growing with me? Maybe you've entered in your Summer reading program and could use some new titles. Find my current reading list below.
1. Uniquely Human by Barry M. Prizant, PHD
I am currently reading this books for my local Summer Reading Program and am thoroughly enjoying it. Dr. Prizant introduces relevant topics to the autistic experience and emerging issues. It is a very easy read that isn't bogged down with clinical jargon and is full of practical insight and wisdom. The book also includes various personal anecdotes from the author, as well as stories from autistic individuals.
2. The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe by Stephen W. Porges
This book provides insights into the autonomic nervous system and in human behavior to provide understanding in trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. It also highlights the connection between psychological experiences and physical manifestations in the body. This pocket guide version is meant to be more accessible and conversational than the original version, The Polyvagal Theory.
3. Autism: Sensory-Movement Differences and Diversity by Martha R. Leary and Anne M. Donnellan
The book explores symptoms of sensory and movement differences for autistic people. It reviews the history and literature that articulates the neurological basis for many of the behavioral differences that individuals experience. It also highlights the importance in recognizing that a social interpretation of these differences are often far removed from the lived experience of autistic people and their caregivers. Alternative ways to address the challenges faced by autistic individuals is provided as well.
4. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
The author of this book has spent over three decades working with trauma survivors. By using recent scientific advances, Dr. Van der Kolk demonstrates how trauma reshapes the body and brain, which in return compromises the victim's capacities for pleasure, engagement, self-control, and trust. He also discusses innovative treatments that activate the brain's neuroplasticity.
The author of this book is a board-certified music therapist. This book is written for caregivers to provide stories and steps on how to engage care partners in a wide variety of music experiences to bring the caregiver and the care partner joy, calm, and connection. Various adaptations and suggestions are included for individuals with various physical and cognitive limitations. It supports how musical experiences will change along to path of caregiving and does not require the reader to be musically trained.