• Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew

  • By: Ellen Notbohm
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cozart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (423 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A best seller gets even better! Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative audiobook in their back pocket. Framed with both humor and compassion, the book describes 10 characteristics that help illuminate - not define - children with autism.

Ellen's personal experiences as a parent of children with autism and ADHD, a celebrated autism author, and a contributor to numerous publications, classrooms, conferences, and websites around the world coalesce to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. This updated edition delves into expanded thought and deeper discussion of communication issues, social processing skills, and the critical roles adult perspectives play in guiding the child with autism to a meaningful, self-sufficient, productive life. This new edition sounds an even more resonant call to action, carrying the listener farther into understanding the needs and the potential of every child with autism.

©2012 Ellen Notbohm (P)2016 Recorded Books

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every mom should listen

Hey good book to have in your library, either in black in white or digital. every mom with a child with autism should read this (or listen to). Eye opening! I love my son, he has Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD. we work at it every day.
from a mom. Jennifer Bagley FNP-C Family Circles Healthcare LLC.

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Very eye opening...

I really like the way the authur's position in the book. It has been very helpful in our family adjusting with our recent diagnosis. Thank you... i plan to listen again and take notes...

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Thoughtful insights but too particular

Too personal, specific to her own story towards the end. Mainly just praising her son with autism or herself and her methods through him.

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Overall informative

Where does Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My son was just diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. I learned a lot from the book and will listen again and take more notes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew?

She told the story about seeing a fortune teller. Perfect example of how otherwise smart and gifted people often fall for stupid shit.

What does Stephanie Cozart bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I might not make the time otherwise.

What did you learn from Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew that you would use in your daily life?

Make a great schedule for my son. I should have known this already since he listens so much better when there is a clear plan.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book.

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Not too universal


The author tried to talk about the good traits of autism. Like they never lie... she never met my kid. Good news is he is horrible at lying but the bad news is he doesn’t stop even though I call him out on his BS. I know the bully didn’t throw the school across the road and shot up the play yard with a gun.
I know their are good traits, my son talked early, walked early, just lacked expressive language, preferred labeling things and repeating questions he knows the answer too.

This book explains things I already know and puts some concept into different words, but I find myself drifting and not really listening to much of it because it’s not filling in the gaps or explaining anything I don’t already know.

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A thousand stars!!!

This was my first deep dive into the subject and I feel it has given me the purpose, energy and the patience I need to do my best to guide my son AND myself to fulfill valuable lives.

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wonderful and imformative

my 5 year old son is on the spectrum. i found myself rewinding many sections because i liked them so much. I've read many books and the thing i enjoyed most about this book is the positivity and focus on changing the parents attitude and preception of their child. it was a wonderful read and recommend

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The author is a better parent than you

This book doesn't stay focused on the 10 things. I picked up a few things of value, but the content gets watered down by personal stories about how a Doctor/Teacher/Parent/Professional Person did the wrong thing, but the Super Parent author helicoptered in to save the day.

If you're looking to understand more about Autism Spectrum Disorder, this book might not have enough focus on the topic for you. If you distrust your kid's school, doctor, counselor, or anyone else who is not you, this may irritate your anxieties more than it helps.

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Everything I needed to hear

Coming from a time of recent diagnosis and much uncertainty, this book provided valuable insights in considering the perspective of my autistic child, and helped to transform the natural grief and mourning I was experiencing into a place of acceptance and optimism. I really enjoyed learning more about the sensory factors that can impact children on the spectrum. As a primary health care provider, I found that this book is equally beneficial to both parents and professionals. I requested that my husband read it, who stated that he also enjoyed it. We agreed that it provided a much needed sense of hope during a time when we had so many unanswered questions.

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long, repetitive, and self righteous

Some helpful ideas, but is far to long, repetitive, and self righteous. . . .

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  • Zoe
  • 10-18-16

A super overview

I am a paediatric occupational therapist so much (but not all!) of the content was revision for me, however, I think it is an outstanding book that I will be recommending to parents and relatives of children who have autism. She covers a wide range of issues in a friendly and easy to listen to manner, giving a generous insight into her own experiences of family life with her children. I was glad to have some aspects brought back to the forefront of my mind and think about more deliberately. Thankyou!

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  • Susie Elliott
  • 02-20-20

Really helpful, off to listen again with notebook!

This is the most helpful uplifting positive realistic book I have come across to date. Thank you

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  • Surjit Dhami
  • 11-13-21

Bible for parents

Fantastic book. A must read if your child is autistic. Such amazing insights. Each chapter is powerful and to the point.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-07-21

Inspirational

Absolutely inspirational book❤️🌹..I wish that many people would read this book to better understand kids with Autism in right way like Ellen explained it so amazingly well .I absolutely enjoyed Stephanie's narration of the book.. Stephanie became my favourite narrator 😊 Highly recommend to everyone

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  • mrs penelope taylor
  • 10-05-19

Brilliant book

Wish I'd had this when my kids were young there was just me and the doctor then and hit or miss The diet definitely helped them. The difference. We never told them. they are grown now Working married and have their own home. I'm a proud mum and I thank God and my doctor every day. I will be sending a copy for my granddaughter son has recently been diagnosed. Thank you for writing a wonderful book

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  • Samie
  • 05-24-22

Everyone one needs to read this book

This is a great book that will make you think deeply about the use of language and how it impacts how we approach autism.

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  • Meg
  • 04-15-22

Fantastic

I really enjoyed this because I learnt so much. I am doing a course on Autism right now and this was so insightful and enlightening from the child’s point of view. My grandson is clearly autistic and I am keen to learn everything I can in order to help him, this book gave me so much hope that he will be ok.

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  • peglady
  • 03-20-22

Good overview

lots of helpful insightful and personal experiences in this book, plus the narrator was easy to listen to.

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  • Tats
  • 09-12-21

Very helpful

Good reminder of what really matters and how important is our role as parents of children with a diagnose of autism.

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  • M Smithard
  • 10-30-20

Thought provoking

Loved this book. I had read the physical book before, years ago but decided to refresh myself with the audio and loved the way it was told. I've had many reflective moments that will directly affect my everyday practice. Worth a listen.

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  • MR BRADLEY J WAINER
  • 06-14-18

Just wow

I loved every single minute of this book. I encourage every single person to listen to it, whether you have someone you know who has autism or not. I will listen to this book again and again as it contains so many insightful, thought provoking messages. Thank you Stephanie for writing this book.

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  • James
  • 09-25-21

thankyou!

if you know someone gifted with autism you NEED this book in your toolkit.
it was informative and inspiring and gave me hope and drive for my two children. it helped me see the world from their view so I can better guide them as they grow.

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  • gareth
  • 08-02-21

A must read for all humans

So many people have Autism and many are undiagnosed. As we move towards a more prepared, knowledgeable and inclusive society, this book can help us all gain more understanding. Essential reading.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-05-21

Great book

Loved this book as it gives a very positive side from the child’s point of view.

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  • Maria
  • 04-30-19

Wonderfully encouraging book- thanks so much!

This is a must read/ listen to by everyone but especially parents of kids with ASD.
It encouraged me beyond of what I was expecting and challenged me in new ways to help my son be everything he is created to be. Thank you Ellen Notebohm for taking the time and effort to write this book and your vulnerability. It is so much appreciated! It was refreshing to find someone who is tackling this topic with similar feelings/ ideologies to my own. I feel less alone. Thank you again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

Exactly the inspiration that I needed

After being referred to this book by our paediatrician, I have now listened to it. The diagnosis of our son was hard to take, however, after listening to this book, I am now more than ever inspired to make the best of the situation, to have our son be the one that "stands out" is hopefully just the beginning of our joyous journey to a potentially independent adult.... I would highly recommend this book to not only lift your spirits but also to give you a different perspective of how to view autism which can be a useful tool to add to your ever expanding toolbox. Beautifully spoken book.