Ten things every child with autism wishes you knew

Framed with both humour and compassion, this book defines the top ten characteristics that illuminate the minds and hearts of children with autism. Ellen’s personal experiences as a parent, an autism columnist, and a contributor to numerous parenting magazines to create a guide for all who come in contact with a child on the autism spectrum. Every parent, teacher, social worker, therapist, and physician should have this succinct and informative book ‘in their back pocket’. Table of Contents: Chapter 1: I am first and foremost a child, Chapter 2: My sensory perceptions are disordered, Chapter 3: Distinguish between won’t and can’t, Chapter 4: I am a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally, Chapter 5: Be patient with my limited vocabulary, Chapter 6: Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented, Chapter 7: Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can’t do, Chapter 8: Help me with social interactions, Chapter 9: Identify what triggers my meltdowns, Chapter 10: Love me unconditionally.


Reviewed: 2015-03-26


I didn’t understand every word, but it is a very useful book. I’m sure that I can improve interactions with my son after the ‘can’t/won’t’ section. Good for opening the eyes of people working with our children.

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