Enter to Win an Autism Book Bundle

12:01 AM, April 20, 2013: This giveaway is now closed.

giveaway button © by Free Spirit PublishingWe’re celebrating Free Spirit’s 30th anniversary by giving away a prize package each month for the remainder of the year. This month, in honor of Autism Awareness Month, we’re giving away these resources to help you support kids with autism spectrum disorders:

Autism Bundle
How to Enter:

Leave a comment below telling us how you would use Free Spirit’s autism resources.
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Each comment counts as a separate entry—that’s four chances to win in this random drawing! Entries must be received by midnight April 19, 2013. This giveaway is now closed.

The winner will be contacted via email by April 23, 2013, and will need to respond within 72 hours to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winner must be a U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older.

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223 Responses to Enter to Win an Autism Book Bundle

  1. Hannah ehrli says:

    I love teacher student in the spectrum. They in turn teach me so much on how to be a better communicated and listener.

  2. 12:01 AM, April 20, 2013: This giveaway is now closed.

    Thanks for your entry!

  3. Angela Harris says:

    I am the parent of a 13 year old girl on the autism spectrum and an avid Free Spirit Publishing reader. Each book I read provides some insight or suggestions for me, my daughter, other family, friends or educators. I do not have these particular books and can use all of the knowledge I can get! Either way, thanks for your wonderful books!

  4. Elizabeth Humble says:

    “Liked” on Facebook in Montana!

  5. vejauan says:

    I’m the Children’s Ministry Director for my church. More of our kids are being diagnosed with ADD and Autism. I would use these resources to share with my parents and volunteers, as well as read them myself.

  6. I am a mom of a teen with Asperger’s and she would find these books hugely helpful. I am also a psychologist and advocate for families with kids with special needs, and many of the clients I work with would find these books meet a lot of needs, so having them as a resource in my office would mean I could expose a lot of people to the wonderful work Free Spirit does!

  7. I already like Free Spirit on FB!

  8. Amy Reid says:

    I’m an autism specialist and clinical counselor. These resources would assist me with the work I am doing with students as well as support to teachers I work with. Thanks for offering this opportunity!!

  9. I am a children’s book author based out of Minneapolis. My publisher’s are setting up book signings for me here, and I would LOVE to introduce free spirit authors along with my own titles.

  10. Debra Jo Chiappetta says:

    I am a school librarian for two EC – Elementary schools and would use these books with my students/staff/parents. I love Free Spirit books and look for titles to add to our libraries each school yer.

  11. Cari says:

    I would use these books to educate myself as a parent of a child who has been recently diagnosed with autism and as a school social worker who works with and advocates for kids both neurotypical and special needs.

  12. I already like and follow on all three! I work with and mentor kids on the spectrum. I would use these books as a resource to expand my work with autistic children, their families and teachers.

  13. Deirdre S. Franzen says:

    I followed Free Spirit on Twitter… I’m not very good about understanding the best uses of Twitter… but I followed and will look at the Free Spirit stuff there, too!!

  14. Deirdre S. Franzen says:

    I followed on Pinterest! Love the posts there!!!

  15. Deirdre S. Franzen says:

    I followed on Facebook with a Like!

  16. Susan says:

    I love all of your great resources! As a school social worker, I love your products to help communicate with teachers on ways to support students 🙂

  17. Susan says:

    I followed Free Spirit on Pinterest 🙂

  18. Susan says:

    I followed Free Spirit on Twitter! 🙂

  19. Susan says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook! 🙂

  20. Cindy Reyes says:

    Reading about autism is always helpful. I definitely want to learn more.

  21. Stephanie says:

    As an ESE teacher, these resources would be for myself as well as other colleagues and parents.

  22. Amanda says:

    I met Daniel Stefanski when he presented at a Barnes and Noble a year ago. He was an outstanding, brilliant kid who truly wanted to make a difference. I want to do that as an educator, as well. I purchased one copy of Daniel’s book that day, but wish I had purchased more. I have many, many students who would benefit from these resources: students with Autism, students with Asperger’s, students who need to be more aware and accepting of others, etc. Free Spirit Publishing sets a wonderful example for other publishing companies. Keep up the great work, and thanks for this opportunity 🙂

  23. Tanya says:

    I would use these resources in my work with students as a school counselor. I am working with more and more ASD students and trying to soak up as much information and as may strategies as I can to be effective in helping ASD students cope and relate to others. These resources would be immensely helpful in my being more successful with these students (and their parents!)

  24. Jody Grabowski says:

    I am a high school IEP Facilitator and these books would be a wonderful resourse for our staff; both general ed and special ed teachers. We have a number of austic students in our program and having resources available for the staff to use would be beneficial in helping them understand their students and the world of autism.

  25. Pam Horihan says:

    We would use it as a team in our middle school level, to help all of our students reach their maximum potential.

  26. time4yarn says:

    I would use to help me become a better teacher. I would also share with co-workers.

  27. Christyn King says:

    I would use them to help with my students and I would share with our student services dept.

  28. Roy says:

    follow free spirit on pinterest

  29. Roy says:

    follow free spirit on twitter

  30. Roy says:

    I like Free Spirit on facebook

  31. Roy says:

    We would use it to set up a special team

  32. Kristen G. says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  33. Kristen G. says:

    I follow Free Spirit on twitter!

  34. Kristen G. says:

    I liked Free Spirit on facebook!

  35. Kristen G. says:

    I would share these with my co-workers. We have several students with autism in our school and I think these would be a great resource for us to use with them.
    Thanks for this great give-away opportunity!

  36. I am the go-to person for autistic kids in my grade level, but I sure don’t feel like an expert! I would love to learn better ways of working with my kids!

  37. Evelyn says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest

  38. Evelyn says:

    I follow Free spirit on twitter

  39. Evelyn says:

    I liked Free Spirit on facebook

  40. Evelyn says:

    We could use these books to provide better services to our students.

  41. Twila Claycomb says:

    follow you on pinterest

  42. Twila Claycomb says:

    follow you on twitter

  43. Twila Claycomb says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook

  44. Twila Claycomb says:

    These would be used in our classroom to meet the needs of these students.

  45. Cheryl Brouwer says:

    I am a regular classroom teacher, but I have the joy of working with some of the most amazing students. . .autistic children. I would love to have more rescources that I can use for my kids! I am not in a position to affford the needed items that work for the incredible kids!

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  47. Donna McGlumphy says:

    I would use them in my classroom . We have 3 austic children in our class plus we do social skills with them I thinkit would be a great help.

  48. Audrey Gowen says:

    I’d love to use these resources to help my boy and his cadre of friends who are on the spectrum.

  49. Katie says:

    I am a K-2 special education teacher with a class of students on the autism spectrum. I would utilize these resources in my daily lesson planning for both group and individually tailored activities. I am in close contact with the families of my students, and would relay the information and resources to them as well. Additionally, I am always looking for new and different resources to share with my colleagues and other staff servicing my students.

  50. Heidi says:

    As a preschool director, I would add these to our school library for parent and staff use. I would also use the materials to train my staff. In my role as early childhood adjunct at a local community college, I would utilize these books to help up and coming early childhood professionals learn more about the autism spectrum.

  51. Melissa McCann says:

    I have three autistic children and I love to learn as much as I can to help them and also educate others. These books would be awesome!

  52. Ann Dewhirst says:

    I’m a elementary & middle school counselor in NY. I would use these resources directly with students, teachers & parents.

  53. Rosa Vargas-Poggi says:

    As a school social worker, the students, teachers and parents I work with would benefit from these great resources. Thank you!

  54. Rosa Vargas-Poggi says:

    Following on pinterest

  55. Rosa Vargas-Poggi says:

    Liked on Facebook

  56. Debra Peters says:

    I am an Autism Resource Specialist for 3 school districts in Minnesota. I often loan out books to teachers and parents to help build capacity in understanding these children with such unique gifts and challenges. I would love to add these to my library!! Thanks!

  57. I’m coordinating a professional development workshop on ASD in the southwestern part of the state on April 18. The response has been overwhelming and we are full with a waiting list. I would followup with participants and give away the books to them probably through a drawing.

  58. Yolanda G says:

    I am a School Counselor. I would use this resource as a resource for my teachers and parents! Sometimes I am asked about resources that can be used to address issues ur differences. I think this will be GREAT to have to offer!!

  59. Meggan says:

    I liked Free Spirit on facebook.

  60. Meggan says:

    I would use these resources with the teachers that I coach. Although they are outstanding educators, they subscribe to many of the “myths” about these children. Thus, they are frustrated, the students are frustrated, and learning comes to a standstill.

  61. Sharon says:

    This will be a great resource for myself with my daughters, as well as with friends with spectrum children as well. Thank you!

  62. Jennifer H. says:

    Following on Pintrest!

  63. Jennifer H. says:

    Followed on Twitter.

  64. Jennifer H. says:

    Liked on Facebook 🙂

  65. Jennifer H. says:

    I am the parent of two boys with Autism and also a social worker who works with many children with Autism. I would love to use these resources to both help my children and the students I work with.

  66. Dee Miller says:

    My name is Dee Miller and I teach Gifted and General Level classes of Geometry and Algebra 2. I have autistic students of various levels of the spectrum in these classes. I try to get as much information about them and their issues as possible so that I can adequately address them in hopes of helping the students to be successful in their math classes. I have used the Free Spirit texts in obtaining my Gifted Certification and have been greatly impressed by the information these books contain. I would greatly appreciate receiving the books and information listed to assist me in not only working with my students but also with my autistic grandson. My grandson is 11 and currently in Grade 5. His mother, my daughter, who is gifted has worked tirelessly to find various avenues to help him reach some basic goals (although she was not aware of your books). He receives speech and occupational therapy weekly and my daughter does physical therapy with him. We both would appreciate additional information as resources. Thanks for this help!

  67. Lori says:

    I would support my son’s autism teacher in developing a peer group who would work with special needs students.

    • Sharon Shaw says:

      I am the Child Development Specialist and I work with children at a substance center. They are ages 3 weeks to 13 yrs. old. The children that are in this program already have multiple strikes against them, often falling through the cracks as well as a greater possibility of becomming a substance abuser. I periodically have austic children but not many materials for them so I will use the materials for our children who are housed at this treatment facility.

  68. shariaronson says:

    Z Puppets is partnering with the Penny George Institute for a series of arts and mindfulness workshops for families living with autism.

  69. Kristina says:

    I’m following Free Spirit on Pinterest.

  70. Kristina says:

    I liked on Facebook

  71. Kristina says:

    I would use this in counseling students in public school and hopefully private practice (someday soon).

  72. Rachel Zooi says:

    I am a public elementary school counselor and a big fan of “Free Spirit Publishing.” I am in need of more materials to support peer, teacher and parent education for our ASD students. I am a firm believer that with parent permission and involvement, educating peers about their ASD classmate can have a very positive impact. Teachers benefit from additional support as well. Along with our Speech Therapist, we also run “lunchbunch” groups to develop and support social skills and always need more activities for the hundreds of kids who cycle through each year. Thank you for this opportunity!

  73. Carie McIntosh says:

    I would share the books with the families I work with in Northern Manitoba! We live in a small community and there are several children diagnosed on the Spectrum. We are trying to have monthly meetings for support, education, etc. around Autism–our first one was on Autism Awareness Day 2013!

  74. Jan Stone says:

    I would love the opportunity to use these resources to further my ability, share with parents, and enrich the knowledge of my coworkers in the children’s day treatment program where I work. These resources would be used an countless of professionals and parents! Thank you for considering me!

  75. Laureen Armstrong says:

    I would love to use these tools to further educate myself and my staff so we may better serve the needs of the infants and toddlers in our care.

  76. Michelle Y. says:

    My daughter who has autism and I are sponsoring an Autism Awareness Open House at the Northfield Public Library on APril 29 – we would love to have anything that Free Spirit could send our way to raffle and or give out at our Open House – thanks much!

  77. Liz says:

    I would use these resources to help me be a better parent to my 9 year old son with autism. As an educator I would definitely use them to help me understand my students and find better ways to engage them.

  78. Dana says:

    I’d use these books as a resource in my classroom. I would also loan them out to parents in a parenting group (focused on children with sensory or spectrum disorders) of which I am a part.

  79. Melinda says:

    I work with autistic children and their teachers across our district. These books would be a wonderful resource that I could use to help support both the students and the teachers.

  80. Teresa Aimer says:

    hi I am the mother of a 15 year old boy who was not diagnosed with high functioning autism until he was 11 years old.. he spent the last 3 years faling out of school. its taken us this long to finally get him on an IEP and now hes only on one for organizatopn. not help with his school work, We struggling trying to teach family and friend to to talk with my son and how to help him w/ his emothions, and social skills. Its hard to teach others when your learning your self. And I spend every day fighting for my son who gets bullied and beat up in school daily. So these books would really help me outsince I can’t afford them individually,
    Thank you
    Teresa Aimer

  81. Ramona says:

    How would I use this let me count the ways
    * For the children that come through the behavioral health department where I work and I get to work grades 1-5 and 6-12!
    * also in our building are 3 special need classrooms dealing with severly austistic children
    * I volunteer at a learning center daycare that also has benifited from the resources at my work I share with them
    * My children (10 & 11) and step grandchildren (age 11 to unborn…expecting #5 in Oct.) have benifited from the social skill tips
    * I also get to work off site at schools that have behavioral and challanged children
    * I also get to go hang out with my children at their school playground and do fieldtrips. I have shared information with the staff at their school as well.
    Thank you for considering picking me as the recipient of the generous prize package!

  82. Anna Hetrick says:

    My name is Anna Hetrick and I am a school counselor in Maryland. My school is about to hold an Autism program that will be made up of 3 classrooms. This bundle would be a great addition to our staff library to help educate staff that is unfamiliar with this population or to provide additional resources. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that we are the lucky winners of this wonderful book bundle.

  83. Sarah D says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest.

  84. Sarah D says:

    I have “liked” Free Spirit on Facebook for some time!

  85. Sarah D says:

    I am a school counselor at a K-8 school. I would use these resources individually, in small groups, and in the classroom. We have several students on the spectrum and I believe those students and their classmates would benefit. I already have “Teaching Kids with Mental Health and Learning Disorders” and I use it frequently. It is a great resource to share information with teachers and parents.

  86. I am a school counselor who has been using Free Spirit materials forever. I have a library full of all of your gifted education books along with many books on adolescence, bullying, and parenting. It is a library that is used by staff, students, and parents. Since our school is welcoming many more students on the autism spectrum, these books would be a helpful new resource.

  87. Jessica Diaz says:

    I am a school psychologist and currently work with children diagnosed with autism, aspergers, PDD, and psychotic disorder among others. I would use these with my students as well as help educate their peers and staff for best practices. The feelings box would help immensely with social skills training. Thank you.

  88. I am a librarian at an elementary school that has many children on the Autism Spectrum. These books would be housed in our library to be used by classroom teachers, special education teachers, as well for students and parents.

  89. Oh My Gosh – This is awesome! I teach Early Intervention and my babies and toddlers have older siblings. Not only would this help my kids but it would give some of the siblings an outlet and answers to questions they have. Very excited!

  90. Bradley Evans says:

    I am a counselor in a ;middle school with several AU students I would use these products to help me in my counseling as well as share with staff so that they can have some strategies and resources to use in there classrooms,

  91. Anthonette Blake says:

    I am a Case Manager with a mental health provider practicing coping strategies and interventions with adolescents on the Autism Spectrum. I am always looking for resources that ‘think out of the box’ and provide these young learners with fun ways to learn and engage with an adult. Unbelievably, I have actually used the Feelings Jar during my days as a Program Coordinator during training sessions with high school mentors and their fourth grade mentees; trying to get the high school mentors to better understand the fourth graders issues and the emotions they associate in different situations. It was an eye-opening experience for the high school mentors. I was especially surprised at the how the mentor/mentee relationships developed and the repeated requests to bring the Feelings Jar out after tutoring time.

  92. Tim says:

    My wife runs a daycare and we have two children on different ends the autism spectrum. we have some of your books, and have learned so much already. One of the children is our grandson, so we get involved where we can. Thank you for this offer, you have so many good candidates i’m sure your package will be well used.

  93. Mau says:

    Hi,I would like to use this for my daughter…..as all the materials are very very expensive for personal use, it would be a great opportunity to get it as a bundle and use this all the expert knowledge as a mother.

  94. Fran Cannon says:

    I am a school counselor and there are several students in my building (it’s a private school) that are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders – and a few who display the behaviors but have not been formally identified. The bundle of books would help in working with these youngsters and their families, as well as the typically developing students and the staff, on developing an understanding of what it’s like to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. These students would benefit from better self-awareness and the support of the school community in developing better coping skills!

  95. I “liked” on facebook:)

  96. Alice Cedillo says:

    I love the In a Jar resource which help indivudual or group conversations get started. I would use the bundle as a tool for continuing professional development and keep as a resource to share with my colleagues and fellow At-Risk Counselors.

  97. Linda Collins says:

    As a Teacher Librarian in a junior high school, I would look forward to making these materials available to my staff, counselors, and to the students themselves. I believe they would be used well in small groups as well as with individuals. Following you on FB and twitter. Thank you for the opportunity to participate!

  98. Lindsey says:

    I am a special education teacher/IEP manager in a federal setting four building. My coworkers and I could put to use strategies from these materials with our students on a daily basis. I’m crossing my fingers that I can share these materials with them and percolate on the best possible ways of implementation within our school!

  99. Jen Rymer says:

    As an early childhood educator, I would definitely use the bundle to reach some of the children in my classroom. I believe in using every resource that I can to help these children and their parents minimize frustrations and succeed within a public setting.I know that this bundle would give me some tools to aid in my quest and help me on a daily basis.

  100. Rachel says:

    The in a jar resources are great for psycho-ed, and I do a lot of teacher education, which the other books are essential for

  101. Carolyn says:

    I love the “In a Jar” activities

  102. Svea says:

    I am a special education major, and would love any kind of resources that can give me information or help me in my classroom!

  103. I liked you on facebook 🙂

  104. I am a PCC who works with kids on the spectrum. I’m always looking for new resources!

  105. Leah Garza says:

    As a behavioral health therapist in a child & family mental health clinic I would be able to use these resources myself or to pass along to my colleagues and the families I work with. I would love them!

  106. rosiesbzz says:

    Following on Facebook and Pinterest!

  107. Rosie says:

    I am an Educational Therapist and am always looking for new ways to educate myself and the families I work with. This package would be useful to other Educational Therapists I work with as well.

    Thank you!

  108. micshaw5 says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook!

  109. micshaw5 says:

    I am always looking for ways to meet the needs of each of my students. Even though I am certified in gifted education, one subject I’d like to have more education about is that of autism. That will allow me to meet the needs of my students who have autism. With this treasure of resources, I would be able to share this information with my students’ other teachers and their families so that our students can be successful both in the classroom and out in the “real world”.

  110. hgwillett says:

    I’m the director of a small library serving the College of Education at Rowan University. We have a Certificate of Graduate Study in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This set of materials would complement the other items I’ve collected to assist faculty and students in this program and others in the college

  111. I liked Free Spirit on Facebook, too!

  112. Judith Allik says:

    As a school psychologist, I work with several youngsters who have been diagnosed as autistic, and others who are on the spectrum. These resources would be very helpful to me, and to the childrenwith whom I work. The quality of interventions is a determining factor in the outcomes for these students, and I would be thrilled to be able to use the “book bundle” you are offfering.

  113. shawna sparlin says:

    As a mother of a son struggling with Autism, I would use these resources to help him. I am also a parent advocate and parent aide working with families involved with cps. 12 of the 13 families I am working with have children on the spectrum. i would use these resources to help them have a better understanding of their children and I would use these resources in order to help CPS have a better understanding of these children so they could provide appropriate services to these children and their families. I also facilitate a support group, Parenting Awesome Kids to teach parenting skills to parents who have children on the spectrum, so these resources would be a valuable tool for them as well.

  114. Ashley Denton says:

    I would use this resource as a supplement to Guidance lessons for my districts self-contained classroom which contains students on the Autism spectrum!

  115. Anna Thralls says:

    I am an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant who works with Head Start Centers and Child Care preschool classrooms. I would use these books as resources with the teachers who work with me and also use the information found in the books to assist families who have questions about Autism/Special Needs. I am always looking to learn more about Autism and other special needs in children.

  116. Debbie says:

    These materials would be great for our speech language students. Our paraprofessionals are always searching for new ideas and materials to help the students in their care. These would be great resources for them. As new paras are trained to work with students with special needs, these materials would be a great resource!

  117. I would use these books to help my faculty and students. I often struggle to differentiate lessons for autistic students and would like help developing meaningful lessons in the library and the computer lab for them.

  118. Courtney Silence says:

    It looks like the first two books are kid friendly- I have some upper elementary students who are learning about what their autism means for them, and it would be nice to have some materials to use with them and their families. It’s a lot to come to terms with and understand and these materials could be very helpful for them!

  119. Julie kramer says:

    I would use in my room and share with co-workers

  120. Lori Armstrong says:

    I would use these resources in my classroom and also with the rest of my team.

  121. Dawn Rist says:

    We have been very satisfied with materials that we have purchased from Free Spirit Publishing. We treat individuals from birth on with pervasive developmental disabilities, autism, aspergers, and mental health disorders. For many of our clients, they do not qualify for county DD services due to their functioning level and without mental health agencies seeing them, they will go without any services at all. Any materials that improve an individual’s and/or families functioning level is greatly appreciated. We are a private not for profit agency serving both individuals and families with AOD and MH issues and like many states, our funding continues to get cut, thus we are unable to make purchases, placing all of our funding in staff in order to treat the individuals and their families.

  122. Christy says:

    We would use this in our new inclusion program and to help teachers and parents in our program to better understand the children we serve. I would be honored to have this in our library for teachers, parents, and families to be able to check out.

  123. Ruth Gordon says:

    We would love this bundle. We see 300+ youth daily and as we are nearing summer we will increase numbers to 500+ daily. We also have 125 youth & adult volunteers matched in our community based mentoring program. Many of our youth fall somewhere on the spectrum. I would like to make these books available to the staff at the Club site and to the individual mentors. We would begin with training about autism and how to work with the youth we see and how to use these resources. Many of our mentors and Youth Developement Professionals find themselves at a loss when they are faced with certain situations. These resources would be invaluable. Thank you.

  124. Sheryl Cline says:

    I would like to use this set to help work with students who may have issues related to Autism spectrum disorders. We do not have a lot of students who are “officially” diagnosed as having a spectrum disorder, but who have symptoms that are similar to those of students with Autism. These resources could help me in individual and group counseling and consulting with parents.

  125. Stanley Jaskiewicz says:

    As the parent of a middle school student with autism, I would use Free Spirit’s resources to help his regular education teachers better understand him, and how his mind works. I would also help his regular education peers (including the Boy Scouts in his Troop) understand that he is a boy just like them, who occastionally acts or thinks about things differently than they do.

  126. Devin Harkness says:

    I promote Free Spirit books to my counselor friends in our school district.

  127. Devin Harkness says:

    The materials I have ordered from Free Spirit have been tremendously helpful to me in my work as a counselor!

  128. Devin Harkness says:

    I am a big fan of all things Free Spirit!

  129. Devin Harkness says:

    These books may help our school become a more inclusive and accepting place for our students with autism, and would help me bridge the gap between my work as a school counselor with general education students and our students with autism.

  130. Becky McKeehan Pegues says:

    I am a family resource coordinator for an early childhood program and marriage and family therapy graduate student. The children we serve are aged infant to pre-K. I would use these resources with families as a tool to help build an effective knowledge base to explore Autism, shift perspectives to foster family insight about their and their child’s experience of Autism and create a more individualized and developmentally appropriate approach to meeting their child “where they are” within the context of WHO they are. Because I work with a lab school, these resources would also be extremely beneficial to the pre-service early childhood educators that are also served, in that they may broaden their understanding of best, early childhood developmentally appropriate practices.

  131. Laura Gauthier says:

    I would like to use these books to assist students in my classroom.
    As a secondary teacher who recently added Special Education on to my teaching license I do not feel that I know much about autism and how to help students who deal with the learning disabilities that it includes.

  132. Michelle says:

    I am a SLC (Structured Learning Class) teacher. Currently, I have 10 students in my class who are all on the spectrum, but are fairly ‘high-functioning’ and working towards being mainstreamed. I would use the books to help guide some of my social skills lessons. I would also make them available to parents who wanted to borrow them- as I already do with the rest of my autism-related books.

  133. Ama Reyes says:

    As an Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee I am working with children and families from different background and races. I will love to have this resource to explore autism and the emotional connection between the child and the environment, including relationship with parents, peers their development in the school setting and using the resources from the community. Increasing child’s self-esteem and resilience, helping parents and other family members in understanding the condition, as well as going beyond in a collaborative stance for the achievement of child’s goals in life.

  134. jerristuart@stlucieschools.org says:

    Free Spirit is great on Facebook…many friends see my post! I would use the books with the students in social skills.

  135. Katy says:

    I am following Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  136. Jan L says:

    I am a middle school counselor for Grades 5 – 8. The Autism packet would be useful for classroom resources for teachers as well as providing more information for staff and parents as we find an increasing number of students being placed on the Spectrum. I Especially like the resource about meeting needs in the regular classroom.

  137. Katy says:

    I am a behavior consultant for a special education co-op. I would use the autism resources to help educate teachers, students, parents and other school professionals about autism. Our co-op serves a total of SIX school districts. These resources would help MANY students and professionals gain a better understanding of ASD. The materials would be shared with teachers, other behavior consultants, counselors, speech pathologists, special education teachers, school psychologists, etc…The resources can also be used for other students with learning difficulties or mental health disorders.
    Thank you!

  138. Elaine Meyer says:

    I work with children in grades K – 12, at an alternative school, as a mental health therapist. The students are on IEP’s to address their academic and behavioral needs. I work with the family’s of the students, and the students in individual and group settings. These books with be added to my resources and used as tools to increase the education of my parents and staff (teachers). I work with students who are on the Autism and these books will aid me in guiding them to improve their social skills.

  139. Diane says:

    I would use the books to increase an understanding of the behaviors exhibited by students with a spectrum disorder. These would be useful for teachers, paraprofessionals and classmates. Could be a really fun way to share and learn!

  140. Wendy Hafner says:

    I am a Speech-Language Pathologist and work with many individuals with Austism Spectrum Disorder. I work in Early Intervention and would utilize the materials to help families engage their child in meaningful activities throughout their natural daily routine.

  141. This Autistic bundle would be a wonderful addition to our middle school professional library. We have many autistic students in our school and work hard to meet their needs and serve them in the best way possible.

  142. Carolyn Mullins says:

    I am following Free Spirit on Twitter.

  143. Carolyn Mullins says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook!

  144. Carolyn Mullins says:

    I am following on Pinterest!

  145. Saranell Caudill says:

    I am a grandparent of a teenager with Asperger’s Syndrome. He is a joy and such a unique person. He has just recently discsovered that he has Asperger’s and now worries about it a lot. I would use these books to help him understand who he is and that he can still be successful. I like the mottor, “Never say can’t”. Our county has also started an Autism Support Group and I would share these books and try to help other parents understand how to deal with their children and the teachers that teach them. I have been an advocate for my grandson since he entered school and will continue to do so to help things be as good as they can be for him. Not everyone understands and there definitely needs to be more understanding.

  146. Sr. Sarah Yungwirth says:

    Autism is becoming more and more common. I would love to be able to use these resources to provide the supports and accomodations that these students need to help them to be as successful as possible. I want them to feel like they can learn and grow and be the best they can be.

  147. Sadie U. says:

    I am a first year School Counselor (and the only counselor in the district) in a k-12 School with almost 800 students. Being new to the field, I am constantly searching for tools and tips to help better serve my students. I find myseld purchasing many of my own materials. Over 90% of our students are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program and many of our students and their families are struggling. We have a large population of students with un-diagnoised disorders that most likely fall into the austism spectrum, however we have very little parental support to get students the services they need. I would use these materials to help provide our under serviced and under-priviledged students with more individualized support to meet their needs. Our staff also needs traning and support to help these students in the classroom. Many teachers see there is an issue but don’t know what to do about it. These materials would help me train teachers so they know what to look for and it would also help them alter their teaching methods to help those students.

  148. Jane Giovannucci says:

    I would use the bundle as a resource for Rhythms of Grace, A Special Grace. This is a program we use at our church for sensory friendly worship and mission with families on the autism spectrum. It is a program of formation and liturgy promoting aawareness, inclusion and understanding. It was begun in Connecticut several years ago. Rev. Rebecca Black is leading and promoting it in Massachusetts. It has already spread to several other churches. The website is http://www.aspecialgrace.com. It is “an alternative worship experience where we dance, draw, wiggle…and rest in God.”
    Rhythms of Grace

  149. Fiona says:

    We have an autism program in our k-8 school. As the librarian, I would love to have more resources about autism. It would help mainstreem students who have autism students in their classroom understand and relate to their peers.

  150. Shakira Meyer says:

    In my work as a program director and consultant with early childhood professionals I have found resources from Free Spirit very helpful!! Autism resources would add to my library of material and help me in better support the early childhood professionals! Our consulting focus is on social-emotional development and Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports. So many of the supports being utilized are ones that were first recognized as helpful for individuals with autism. Thank you for all the great resources you create!!!

  151. Nancy Hintz, LMSW says:

    I am following on Pinterest.

  152. Ronnie says:

    As a counselor I would use these materials to create a greater awareness of autism in the classroom.

  153. Nancy Clark says:

    This is my entry to enter the contest for the bundle of austism books. These books would become the beginning of the “special needs” section at the library of my local school. I see so many teachers, parents and students struggling with issues that are probably explained in this set of books – or at least that is my hope. These books would be used daily in preparing lesson plans, in ARD meetings, and in helping educate and explain behaviors that are up-to-now viewed as a student being obstinate or lazy or not listening.
    Nancy Clark

  154. My name is Mrs. K and I’m an elementary school counselor. I have the opportunity to work with students who range on the spectrum and find they all have their unique traits because of where they are. I have attended some conferences on autism and learned a bundle which is why I would use the materials to learn more and to help my autism kiddos here at school.

  155. Nancy Hintz, LMSW says:

    I like on facebook

  156. As the Resource Coordinator for my school, these books would be a terrific reference to have for our teachers and parents. We are a K-8 school and are seeing an increase of students being diagnosed with disorders on the spectrum. Continuing education on the topic is crucial for educators.

  157. Kim says:

    Just liked Free Spirit on FB!

  158. Kelly P. says:

    I am following Free Spirit on Pinterest!

  159. Nancy Hintz, LMSW says:

    I would use these wonderfully resources to promote awareness and educate the children and staff of our school and the families in our community. We have two resource rooms dedicated to children with Autism who are in the regular classroom with same age peers as much as possible. This provides a wonderful learning environment for our staff and students to ask questions about peers with different abilities. These books will help us to provide insightful, positive and accurate responses. They will, also, be a resource for the children with Autism and the staff dedicated to supporting them.

  160. Kelly says:

    As an elementary school social worker, I would be able to use these resources regularly with the students I work with, teachers and parents.

  161. Kim says:

    I am an elementary school counselor and these would be excellent resources for not only myself, but my colleagues and parents.

  162. The more we understand the better educators we will be for the children in our care. These resources will be put to great use and freely shared with teachers and parents.

  163. Diane Snyder says:

    I am a Preschool Director with many different challenges among children with behavior issues, with and without a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. We would be able to use these resources for our entire school as a resource for the teachers who must deal with these children. These challenges face us daily and we would love to have books available to help deal with them.

  164. Jennette Miller says:

    I am following on Pinterest

  165. Jennette Miller says:

    I ” liked” Free Spirit on Facebook

  166. Jennette Miller says:

    I am a LCSW working in a child guidance clinic. I would use the autism resources to help the children and families I see on a weekly basis. Some of the children and are on spectrum and could benifit from additional information and interventions. Thank you!

  167. Cindi Klimovich says:

    I would use the books for my daughter and then pass them on to my friends who also need them.

  168. Kristi says:

    I am an elementary school counselor for approximately 650 students. In addition to regular education students, my building directly supports students identified with behavioral needs in the category of Autism. We have a team approach to helping students and I would love the opportunity to grow my knowledge in the area of Autism. Classroom teachers would also benefit from these resources to support students academic and social needs in the classrooms. Thank you for this amazing opportunity!

  169. Sharon Williams says:

    I would use these materials to learn how to communicate better with my son. Also I would share them with my son’s teachers and therapists to help them.

  170. pat mertz says:

    We have a grandson with Asperger’s and so try to learn what we can to understand how he sees the world. Also, I work as the director of youth ministry and we see teens dealing with Asperger’s on occassion – since our catechists are volunteers I want to do all I can to help them understand how to be welcoming to those young people and help the teens find a safe place in groups here.

  171. Rebecca Anne Rivers says:

    I am a therapist at a community mental health facility in rural Alabama. We get alot of referrals for children with Autistic disorder and resources are hard to come by. I would definately use the resources in our practice and share with our other therapists, parents and school personnel.

  172. Jessica Lala says:

    I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and I work a great deal with you who are on the spectrum. These resources would be great to help teach parents and even teachers to work with their children. In addition I’m sure that they would give me more ideas of things that I can be doing to improve my practice.

  173. Karen Plumley says:

    I am a Recreational Therapist in an outpt adolescent program for induviduals with Aspergers. I am always scoping out creative ways to reach my clients and think that the products that you offer are exactly what I have been looking for. Now that I am following you on Pinterest and FB, I will be able to see products/ideas more easily. Thanks for what you do!

  174. Karen Plumley says:

    I didn’t even know that you guys were on FB. So excited that I will be able to see your products and how others have used them more readily. I work in an outpt program with adol with aspergers so these products would be very beneficial.

  175. Leigh Buickerood says:

    The Autism Book Bundle would help immensely in our residential treatment facility (CFG Residentials, Camden, NJ). We currently serve troubled, emotional, developmental adolescents ranging from 10-18 years of age, boys and girls, and have had in influx of adolescents coming in who have fallen along the autistic spectrum. Having more resources for our staff to use to understand, communicate, and foster these adolescents in their growth and communicating/developmental needs would be vital in our ability to provide for their special needs.

  176. Diane Bullen says:

    I would use the materials in our parent lending library and as a resource for our students to help them understand what children with autism spectrum disorders are dealing with.

  177. I am the School-Age Manager for a Child Development Center in Round Lake, IL. with an enrollment of anywhere from 400 to 500 students per year. I have dedicated my life to children and have been on staff for 31 years as a teacher, camp director and for the past 12 years, a manager. I am also a licensed professional counselor. I have the vital job of training our staff, and I am simply amazed at the increasing numbers of students in our care who now have autism, as our staff are, as well. We need help to continue to expand our knowledge of this condition and how we can best help these students, and training dollars are extremely limited. With these materials, I can put together training workshops to help our team grow as professionals and work to include these students who deserve every effort to live productive and joyful lives. Please help us to help others! THANK YOU!! 🙂

  178. Teresa Julkowski says:

    My husband and I have 14 children, 13 of whom we adopted out of the foster care system. One of our boys has autism. We are always trying to. educate ourselves and our family and friends about our kids’ special needs. We try to put enough supports in place for our kids so they are successful.

  179. Kendra York says:

    I would use this book bundle when working with autistic children in the school setting. I would love to be able to pull information, skills, and resources from the books to help serve autistic children to the best of my ability. I would also share the books with fellow teachers, administrators and school counselors so together we can all better serve the autistic population. Thanks so much.

  180. Sarah says:

    I would use the Autism Book Bundle as a school counselor to teach students with Autism valuable skills and that they are normal. I would also use these incredible resources to help improve my practice, educate parents, and educate school staff on a disorder that is becoming increasingly prevalent in our school and community.

  181. Christine Laffler says:

    As a regular education teacher in an inclusion setting I would use these materials to help students understand what Autism is and to help them engage with Autustic students in meaningful ways. I would use the materials during class meetings to encourage discussion and would share them with both regular ed and special ed colleagues to increase understanding and awareness.

  182. Beverly Van Dyke says:

    I am a Special Education Coordinator at a Charter School and we have a high number of students with Autism. Having some resources to share with our two Resource Room Teachers and our School Social Worker would be wonderful.

  183. As a first year counselor and a beginning psychometrist, this would be an awesome resource for helping me to aid this population in our school. Presently, we have five students ruled within the autism spectrum. Teachers are constantly looking for ways to differentiate instruction. This would be a great resource for all of us. Thanks for the opportunity to enter for such a resource!

  184. I love the Social Times newsletters for my 8th grade social thinking group! They, too, enjoy the teen focus and relevant social communication information as well as the sensory information that accompanies each issue. Your website supports my lessons with the additional info for teachers. Keep it up!

  185. Nina Levine says:

    We have a cohort of autistic students in our elementary school this year who have returned from outside placements in specialized educational settings to learn in our general education school where they interact with teachers and students in new and different ways. This successful venture has been wonderful for all involved. In the fall, our program will expand to our middle school so preparations are underway now to set that stage for success. We would use these resources in designing activities for our staff and students.

  186. Gigi McIntire says:

    I would like to use these materials with my “Dolphin Duos”–they are regular ed student buddies with children in the autism cluster this year. I’d also like to use the materials to train new students for next year to expand the program. Your materials are awesome and I hope to add them to my guidance library!
    Gigi McIntire
    School Guidance Counselor

  187. Megan K says:

    Use to share information with parents on home visits.

  188. Wendy Becker says:

    I am a school counselor and I would use the resources in my social skills groups with kids on the Autism spectrum.

  189. Joanne Caselli says:

    I work in a Teacher Education program at a college, and these autism resources would be excellent to share with our education students!

  190. I would share the bundle with my daughter who will be student teaching next fall

  191. Janine Palma says:

    I follow Free Spirit Publishing on Pinterest.

  192. Janine Palma says:

    I follow Free Spirit Publishing on Twitter.

  193. Christine Maroclo says:

    I think it would be a wonderful resources for the teachers, parents and students at my school. I could use the resources during guidance lessons and small group sessions to help students understand and cope with Austim.

  194. Janine Palma says:

    I would use these materials for discussions with teachers and small group activities with students.

  195. Kenya Arrants says:

    We have students with autism in our school, so we could use these books to educate students, parents, and teachers, as well as special education teachers and associates that specifically have daily one-on-one contact with autistic students.

  196. Pamela Wolfcale says:

    As a school administrator, the resources would allow me to support the growth in awareness of Autism spectrum student- strengths to my school community.

  197. Danette Hopke says:

    I am excited to have the opportunity to follow Free Spirit on Pinterest. I use searching time on Pinterest as my unwinding time in the evenings. I am always looking for new ideas, resources, curriculum, etc. to expand my work as a new school counselor.

  198. Kim Lins says:

    I’d like to enter and win this. Both of my children have autism. I would use what I can at home and share the other things with their teachers. Our district has minimal resources about autism and this makes their days hard and nights stressed from the day.

  199. Pamela Wolfcale says:

    As a school administrator, the resources would be helpful to gain knowledge and awareness of Autism behaviors. The resources would also allow me foster deeper understanding among the school community (teachers, students, staff, families).

  200. Bonnie S says:

    It would be great to use the resources to give to a co-workers who has a toddler daughter that was just diagnosed with Autism.

  201. Joanne M. says:

    I follow Free Spirit on Pinterest.

  202. Danette Hopke says:

    As a second year school counselor I am still working on building my library of resources. I took over a program that was not following the ASCA model and had no current resources to work from. This bundle of books would be a great addition to the collection that I am trying to build as resources for myself, parents, and teachers. Our population of Autistic students has increased significantly in the last 2 years and there is a great need for further education and awareness.

  203. Joanne M. says:

    I like Free Spirit on Facebook.

  204. Tonya Dallas says:

    I am following you on Pinterest

  205. Joanne M. says:

    I think these resources would be wonderful to share with the staff at our school as well as the parents of our students.

  206. Tonya Dallas says:

    I am following you on Twitter

  207. Heidi Bennion says:

    I work at a children’s psychiatric hospital and we see a lot of children with autism, I would use these resources to improve my communication with these children which in turn would allow me to better teach and assist them in learning skills to help recover their emotions. I also feel these resources would be beneficial to the other children I have the opportunity to serve.

  208. I am in charge of the classroom and pull-out interventions in our district and I would love to share these resources with the classroom teachers to help them better work with these students in their rooms. I also write a weekly tip for teachers, which is posted on my website for the whole world to see, so I would inclued some of these strategies there, as well.

  209. Tonya Dallas says:

    I liked your page on Facebook ;0)

  210. Tonya Dallas says:

    I would love to have these resources to help parents of newly diagnosied children learn how to cope and to understand the disorder.

  211. I am a consultant for students on the autism spectrum across 7 different school districts. I would use these excellent resources to expand the knowledge base of staff and parents working with 90+ students across my area. Thanks for the opportunity!

  212. Kelley says:

    I work at a day training facility with adults with autism. Since we are a non-profit organization, funds are ALWAYS limited and being able to win these valuable resources would help our staff and participants learn new skills and further their horizons.

  213. I followed you on Pintertest – great resources! (pinterest.com/zed_asd

  214. April Blaney says:

    I am a special education teacher and would love these resources!

  215. Tina Coalson says:

    I am a school psychologist at a very small school with limited funds. We have several autistic students and I am always looking for appropriate resources for training and working with teachers, parents and students. These resources would be utilized to aid parents and teachers in supporting our autistic students.

  216. Amy Peters says:

    I teach in a elementary classroom for children with ASD and developmental delays. Any and all resources are very helpful in finding information and appropriate activities, manipulatives, etc. to help the students with such wide ranges in abilities and diverse needs.

  217. Mandi Knotts says:

    Working as a school social worker, I work closely with students on the spectrum and their families. These resources would be beneficial to someone in my role to help support my students throughout the school day. Schools are constantly losing funding and resources for our kids.

  218. Maddie says:

    I am a middle school counselor at a small school that doesn’t have special education classes. Therefore, If I won the Autism Book Bundle, I would help to educate faculty in my school about how to work with students with autism using Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom. Also, I’ve heard great things about Feelings in a Jar, and I’d love to use it in my group counseling classes and in individual sessions as an icebreaker.

  219. Maddie says:

    I am also following Free Spirit on Pinterest.

  220. Lauren Myers says:

    I “liked” on Facebook

  221. Lauren Myers says:

    My name is Lauren Myers and I’m a School Counselor in a pre-K-8th grade school. I am the only counselor in our school and the resources you are giving away would be very beneficial to me. Being the only counselor in my school, I have the privilege of working with ALL our students. These resources will help me to help my students who are on the autism spectrum, have learning disabilities, as well as non-classified students. I run groups and do classroom lessons and am always looking for ways to increase social skills. Thank you for this opportunity!

  222. Maddie says:

    I liked Free Spirit on Facebook!

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