Different croaks for different folks ISBN: 9781843103929
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2006
Translated from the Japanese by Esther Sanders, this book has three basic sections. The first, some two-thirds of the book, is aimed at children and is a highly pictorial explanation of various developmental disorders on the autistic spectrum. In simple language and using tadpoles and frogs as examples, we learn a basic truth: that each child is different and will learn in different ways. There is emphasis throughout the book on a child-centred approach. Short chapters within this first section explain about uneven development, hard-to-break habits, problems with socialising, being distracted easily, obsession with hobbies, and jumping to conclusions. 'A message to children' at the end of this section reinforces that it is okay to be different. In the second section, the author gives 'Explanatory notes on special needs for parents and caregivers' - an enlargement with details of the first section. Again the emphasis is on helping the child, who will be feeling the 'greatest distress'. Some coping strategies are given. The third section, by Shinya Miyamoto at the Institute of Disabilities Science at the University of Tsukuba, is a clear, un-technical explanation of exactly what developmental disorders are and how they are diagnosed. This book will be a valuable tool for children, parents, teachers and carers of all sorts who must deal with 'different croaks'. Available from Amazon, from bookshops, or from the publisher at www.jkp.com.