My Autism Book is a beautifully illustrated picture book that helps parents to explain an autism diagnosis to their child in a sensitive, positive and accurate way.
When a child is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), parents often feel overwhelmed and uncertain about how to communicate the diagnosis to their child. This book is designed to be read with the child as a simple introduction to their diagnosis. Written by a doctor and a children's author, the book is tailored precisely to the needs and experiences of the child with ASD aged 5 and up. It explains what an autism diagnosis means and encourages an exploration of the child's likely strengths and differences using clear language that speaks directly to the child. The colourful pictures throughout show how the world looks from the child's perspective and the book ends with a summary checklist to encourage the child to record and discuss how autism affects them.
A delightful book, beautifully presented and engaging. It creates a stimulating and sensitive platform to explore the very personal characteristics of an individual with autism; drawing on strengths that help everyone better understand the unique qualities of how we see the world around us.
– Andy Barnett, Principal of Pencalenick School, Specialist Teaching School in Communication and Interaction, Cornwall
This valuable picture book gives parents and children a chance to share and discuss the strengths and differences that a child newly-diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder may experience... Advice to parents is given at the beginning and at the end, and the final checklist has tick boxes and also space to add things - such as special interests and strengths and differences that have not been covered in the book. This book will be of real use to families with a newly-diagnosed child, and it can be used for many years as the child develops and changes.
– Healthy Books
I have spent my entire career in inclusive learning environments and wish this had been available previously to help ensure that differences are celebrated as strengths. This is a beautifully illustrated and engaging read which I highly recommend to anyone who has the privilege of working with young people who live with autism.
– Matthew Burfield, Head of School, Byron College, Athens
Using vibrant illustrations paired with factual, simple text Glòria Durà-Vilà and Tamar Levi's My Autism Book demystifies autism for young children and their families who experience this puzzling spectrum of traits and characteristics. Children with ASD will find this book filled with straightforward and sensitive information about their own personal strengths and difficulties. It supports the development of effective communication and social awareness of each unique individual with autism. Our goal is to learn how children with ASD learn best and to develop teaching strategies and communication styles that work... which is exactly what Glòria and Tamar have done!
– Jacqui Gorlick, Special Education Teacher-Principal (retired), Anchorage School District, Alaska
Focused and simple, the aim of My Autism Book is to help ASD diagnosed children understand their differences, as well as their remarkable abilities. These two inspiring women offer a valuable guide, long missing in the autism-related bibliography.
– Fani Tsepelidou, supervisor of "EEMEISS" specialist school for children on the autistic spectrum, Athens
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