It's Raining Cats and Dogs
96 pages, 6 1/4 x 7 1/2
Release Date:01 Nov 2011
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It's Raining Cats and Dogs

An Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The English language can be extremely confusing and illogical,especially for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) whointerpret meaning in a very literal way. Why should an announcementthat cats and dogs are falling from the sky indicate heavy rain? Andwhat have chickens got to do with being a coward?

It's Raining Cats and Dogs is a witty and stylishinsight into the mind of someone with an ASD. It beautifullyillustrates why people with ASDs have problems understanding commonphrases and idioms that others accept unquestioningly as part ofeveryday speech. The quirky drawings will entertain and inspire thoseon the spectrum, giving them the confidence to recognise figures ofspeech, feel less alienated and even use idioms themselves.

The drawings will form instantly memorable references for those withASDs to recall whenever they need to and will be helpful for anyonecurious to understand the ASD way of thinking. They will enable peopleon the spectrum and their friends, families, teachers and colleagues tobetter understand and communicate with each other.

Michael Barton is a student with high functioningautism. He is currently undertaking a Physics degree at the Universityof Surrey. He gives talks at conferences and schools about the positiveaspects of being on the spectrum, hoping to provide encouragement forboth parents and children. Michael is a talented musician, playing jazzpiano and the French horn, and he also enjoys judo.


1. Classic idioms.

2. Shortened expressions.

3. Everyday expressions and sayings.

4. Double meanings.

5. Metaphors.

6. Instructions and statements.

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