A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching
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A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching

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Publish date::
November 5, 2013

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Empower children on the spectrum to be more flexible! This picture book assists children on the autism spectrum, and any child for that matter, to improve their executive function skills. Specifically, A Week of Switching, Shifting, and Stretching How to Make My Thinking More Flexible guides children examine their black-and-white thinking to start adaptive review. Then, using repeated rhymes and illustrations, the child begins to recognize that the more flexible their thinking, the better they can cope with life's challenges. And this ultimately leads to fewer meltdowns.


Editorial Reviews


This book is an essential tool for all educators and parents needing to address a child s inability to be flexible. The simple structure of examples of black-and-white or rainbow thinking provides a valuable framework for kids to make this critical shift in their daily lives. --Diane Adreon, EdD, associate director, Center for Autism & Related Disabilities

This is an intervention tool that no one should be without! Ms. Kerstein utilizes an easily understood metaphor, with great visual support, to explain the challenges of being too rigid in one s thinking. Through simple text, easy-to-follow repetitive sentences, and colorful illustrations, the reader learns how to recognize moments where thinking could be more flexible so that everyday experiences can be more enjoyable for the child and the people they interact with.

I look forward to using this book with students of various ages and skill levels in the elementary grades. I also see the potential for this story to transfer quickly into real-life situations, as its keywords and ideas will remain in the minds after it has been read. --Aileen Zeitz Collucci, MA, CCC, speech-language pathologist, autism and social-communication consultant; author of Big Picture Thinking: Using Central Coherence to Support Social Skills

This innovative book offers a positive way to empower children with ASD and related challenges to explore their thought patterns and develop greater flexibility. Children will find this book engaging with its fun storyline and colorful pictures. A special section for parents and professionals includes valuable insights into the thought patterns of individuals with ASD and creative activities to use when developing greater flexibility. I highly recommend this book to any parent or professional interested in tackling the often tricky yet crucial area of flexibility of thought. --Kelly J. Mahler MS, OTR/L, occupational therapist, autism consultant, co-founder of Destination Friendship, and author, Hygiene and Related Behaviors for Children and Adolescents With Autism Spectrum and Related Disorders, and coauthor, Destination Friend

About the Author

Lauren Kerstein is a licensed clinical social worker who works with children, adolescents, adults, and families. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology at Washington University in St. Louis, Lauren attended George Warren Brown School of Social Work and received a master's in Social Work. In addition, Lauren completed a post-master fellowship at JFK Partners, the University Affiliated Program at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. The connection included:

  • Intensive training and practical experience with children.
  • Adults.
  • Families with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as other disabilities.

Lauren received multi-disciplinary training from psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, developmental pediatricians, neuropsychologists, and social workers at JFK Partners.

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