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A Book About What Autism Can be Like ISBN: 9781843109402
Adams, Sue
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2008
Chris, who is autistic, has a best friend, Andrew, and while they enjoy many of the same things, they also have very different interests. Lots of simply explained detail about Chris's differences and the ways his friends can help are defined in this slim book with black and white line drawings. Chris's difficulty in interpreting messages, his need for clear explanations - not louder, but clear - his use of objects to help him learn, his need for quiet time and sometimes separation from his classmates, the fact that he sometimes rocks and hums to himself and likes the dark, or his sensitivity to noises and dislike of touch - all these are treated, and the point is made that Chris is simply different, and that the world would be very dull if everyone was the same. The point is also made that even autistic people are different from each other: 'When someone is different from you, you just need to get to know them.' Excellent for classrooms. Available from Amazon, from bookshops, or from the publisher at www.jkp.com.
Age: 6+