When someone in a child's life has cancer, it can be tough for any parent or adult to explain. This book is designed specifically to help kids, especially children with autism spectrum disorder or other additional needs, to understand what cancer means. Using a question and answer format, it explores the life changes and feelings of uncertainty a child may experience if a loved one has cancer. Illustrated with SymbolStix, a symbol-based language for visual thinkers, this book explains a difficult topic to children who might otherwise struggle to understand it. The book also features a short picture story that repeats the complete story for children who process information best through visual cues. Additional guidance for parents and carers gives ideas to help children cope with this experience.
Arlen Grad Gaines is a clinical supervisor and licensed clinical social worker with an advanced certification in hospice and palliative social work, based in Maryland, USA. Meredith Englander Polsky has been working in social work and special education for nearly 20 years and founded Matan, Inc. in 2000. She lives in Maryland, USA.
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