Tuesday, June 30, 2015

AAPC Publishing Book Review: Growing Together Across the Autism Spectrum: A Kid's Guide to Living With, Learning From, and Loving a Parent with Autism Spectrum Disorder




AAPC Publishing reached out to me to review a couple of their books. AAPC provides books and products focusing on the Autism Spectrum and related disorders. I read both on the plane on the way to the ASCA Conference.  I really liked this book for a few reasons. The first, is because I personally know an adult on the Spectrum and this book helped me to understand this individual better and because of that, I know that if it can help me feel better about my relationship with another adult with ASD, then I know it can help children as well (my #2 reason). 

This book helps children to really be introspective and self-aware, which I find amazing in itself. The book tells a story of a little boy and his father. His mother and father help our main character understand the characteristics of ASD and why the father exhibits certain behaviors at times. So, when certain situations occur in the story, there are little "sticky notes" on the pages that ask the reader if the same thing has ever happened to them. What a great way to build higher level thinking skills amongst children and make them feel inclusive.

I highly recommend this book. It's just awesome!

Enjoy!



AAPC Publishing 



Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter


Sunday, June 28, 2015

AAPC Publishing Book Review: The Secret Rules of Social Networking







AAPC Publishing reached out to me to review a couple of their books. AAPC provides books and products focusing on the Autism Spectrum and related disorders. I read both on the plane on the way to the ASCA Conference.  I can honestly say, I really liked this book for it truly "teaches" students who fall on the spectrum about social interaction and relationships when using social media. This book outlined the unstated rules at that can occur and could possibly bring about anxiety and other stressors. The book is broken down into chapters that are easy to read and understand. What I really like the most is that the authors addressed romantic relationships over the Internet and on social media. They want adolescents to understand that people may not be who they appear to be on these social networking sites. They also discuss how one could be committing a crime on social media based on...sexting, stalking, slander, etc.

This book is a great read and the authors did a superb job informing and educating today's youth.

AAPC Publishing 

Enjoy!


Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.

You can find Tracy on LinkedInGoogle+, and Twitter

Friday, June 26, 2015

Acing the Undergrad: Web-Series to Teach Students College Success



Last week a friend forwarded me an email about two college graduates who recently wrote a book, created a mentoring program and a web-series that teaches aspiring and current college students the ten principles of being successful and graduating on-time and/or with honors.

Image result for acing the undergrad


Acing The Undergrad: The Show is a ten episode web-series that can be used as a free resource in classrooms to teach students how to be successful in college. The show follows Jared, an average college freshman, through his journey and transformation into becoming a student of excellence. In the show, Jared learns ten college fundamentals that must be mastered in order to become a productive college student. 

These authors also can be booked for motivational public speaking engagements and you can follow them on twitter.

Acing the Undergrad 

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

5 LGBTQ College Planning Resources: Post for Teen Life Media



My latest post for Teen Life Media provides 5 LGBTQ College Planning Resources to students and their families. As school counselors, it is imperative that we help ALL students with their post-secondary planning and guide them to find supportive and enriching environments.There are many more sites out there, but the aforementioned can help get you started.

Back in September 2014 I created a blog post about Teen Life and their free magazines for secondary school counselors. I love their site, fb page and tweets. They provide a plethora of information for tweens and teens and their parents. I am honored to be a guest blogger for Teen Life Media.

Teen Life provides the web's most comprehensive directory of STEM, gap year, pre-college, overnight summer and community service programs for students in grades 7-12. (taken from website)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Two Resumes You Should Spend Time on This Summer: Post for Teen Life Media



Back in September 2014 I created a blog post about Teen Life and their free magazines for secondary school counselors. I love their site, fb page and tweets. They provide a plethora of information for tweens and teens and their parents. I am honored to be a guest blogger for Teen Life Media. Check out Two Resumes You Should Spend Time on This Summer

Teen Life provides the web's most comprehensive directory of STEM, gap year, pre-college, overnight summer and community service programs for students in grades 7-12. (taken from website)