Al Capone Does My Shirts

I am currently reading Al Capone Does My Shirts. The book takes place on Alcatraz Island in the 1930s. During this time Alcatraz Island is a Federal prison. A boy named, Moose Flanagan, tells the story. It is about his not-so-normal life living on Alcatraz Island. To add to Moose’s crazy life he has an older sister that has Autism. I am really enjoying the change of time and setting for this book. When looking on Amazon I also learned that there are two more books in this series, Al Capone Shines My Shoes and Al Capone Does My Homework. Al Capone Does My Homework will not be released until August.

Photo of Alcatraz Island Prison Image

Autism Prezi

I created this Prezi for my Special Education Language and Learning Disorders course. It explains using visuals with students with Autism. Students who are on the Autism Disorder Spectrum thrive on routines and various visual aides. Adding in visual supports can make a difference from a student succeeding in your classroom or not.

 Visuals are VITAL!

Check out my fun Prezi to learn more about Autism and visual supports.

Click HERE to view my Prezi


Rules by Cynthia Lord


As soon as I opened the cover to this book I was hooked. I have worked with many students with Autism and it has become a passion of mine. I love creating that relationship with each student and learning how they think. Rules by Cynthia Lord, is story written in the prospective of a little girl, Catherine, who has a younger brother with Autism. The book starts out with a page of “rules” Catherine has created for her brother David. A couple of them include: If someone says “hi,” you say “hi” back, Say “thank-you” when someone gives you a present (even if you don’t like it), and no toys in the fish tank. As the story goes on Catherine helps her brother with learning from everyday event’s that turn into new rules. I highly recommend you checking this book out from your local library…you won’t regret it.

Top Ten Books featuring Autism

Top Ten Books featuring Autism Spectrum Disorders by Carrie Cox


A few days ago I came across this link on twitter. Carrie Cox did a wonderful job with this list. For every book on the list she has a picture and description to go with it. Autism is a big interest for me so I was automatically interested in reading many of them. I started looking them up on amazon and the public library website. I was happy to find that the library had the book Rules by Cynthia Lord. This book was the one I was most looking forward to reading. I have started reading this book and will post about my reaction to it a little later.