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2 books for Children about Autism.

This Is a guest blog by Andrea from A Bundle of Books children’s bookshop in Herne Bay. We were delighted to be asked to support a pre-school in the first ever Schools’ Autism Awareness Week (14 -18 March 2016)

So with a young audience ranging from two and a half years to nearly four what could we find to read?

Isaac and His Amazing Asperger Superpowers! by Melanie Walsh Age 3+Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 09.26.01.png

A groundbreaking picture book which explains Asperger’s Syndrome in a simple, gentle and positive way to very young children.

Described by the National Autistic Society as “delightful … full of positive messages”. Meet Isaac. He’s a superhero! He might look like everyone else, but he has a kind of autism called Asperger’s. Inside this book he’ll tell you all about what it’s like to have his Asperger superpowers. An essential book for anyone wishing to understand more about Asperger’s Syndrome.

Using a few props to bring the story to life it was a great success!


A couple of other recently published books one for older children and one for adults:

How to look for a Lost Dog by Ann Martin Age 9+

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The narrative is entirely from Rose’s viewpoint and her warm and friendly outlook and her degree of self-knowledge give us instant and constant empathy with her. However, such is the skill in the storytelling, it’s also possible to understand the frustration of her father and teachers with her outbursts and sense the humour in some of the situations that arise.

11-year-old Rose is autistic and struggles to understand her classmates. But when her father gives her a stray dog, which she names Rain, the dog becomes her best friend, her anchor in a confusing world. So when Rain goes missing during a storm, Rose refuses to stop looking for her… A touching story from the bestselling author of The Baby-Sitters Club.


 

 

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2 comments

  1. Stories are such a great way to introduce and provide awareness of Autism and Asperger’s as they are relatable to children and are a central tool of learning (Cremin et al, 2015). Children do, however need to be able to relate the story to experiences that they have already had in order for them to access the material (Kimber et al, 1995). Stories also tend to be more memorable to children (Fletcher, 2015).

    Cremin, T., Reedy, D., Bearne, E. and Dombey, H. (2015) Teaching English creatively. Oxon: Routledge.
    Fletcher, J. (2015) Learning through stories [Lecture to BA PTE Year 2] U71128: Enquiring in the Humanities. Oxford Brookes University. 17 November, 2015.
    Kimber, D., Clough, N., Forrest, M., Harnett, P., Menter, I. and Newman, E. (1995) Humanities in Primary Education. London: David Fulton Publishers Ltd.

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