Tuesday, 30 April 2013

My friend with Autism

My friend with Autism
Enhanced edition with free CD of coloring pages
Written by Beverly Bishop, illustrated by Craig Bishop
Future Horizons, Texas, 2011.

My friend with autism is written in a friendly tone and there are bright illustrations throughout. It is essentially written for school children to encourage better understanding and knowledge of peers with autism. The story is narrated from a child’s perspective and begins with “I have a friend with autism. He is good at many things”. The friend with autism is described in a positive manner and the theme of friendship is developed. 

The book addresses sensory sensitivity, communication differences, playtime and provides children with an example of what this might be like for a child with autism.

The setting is at school and teachers who have this book at hand can read it to develop student understanding through the example of the narrator, “I can help him by showing him how well I sit quietly”. 

Adults will be able to refer to the section at the end of the book with page-by-page notes and  helpful  thumbprint illustrations for further information and overview. 

Find also 18 symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder, 10 Quick strategies for helping a child with Autism and Recommended reading, with thumbprints of book covers. The accompanying CD contains additional colouring pages of material from the book.

Review by:
Jillian Rattray
AWCH Librarian
April 2013

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Prescription for success: supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Medical Environment

Prescription for success: supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Medical Environment
Hudson, Jill
Shawnee Mission, Kan.: Autism Asperger Pub. Co., 2006.

Written by a Child Life specialist (Play therapist) from John Hopkins Hospital, this book is essentially aimed at supporting families. It is a communication tool for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to use when visiting health professionals. The book starts with a look at the medical encounter and presents this experience from the child’s point of view. The title “Prescription for success” reflects the focus on preparation both prior to and during the child’s medical encounter.

The motivation for the book is to support children with ASD better, health professionals in hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, dentists, administrative staff and others will be learn more about the children’s needs from this overview. Importantly, the book is engaging because it is written in a friendly, easy-to-read format and includes practical and creative techniques. Chapters cover the Medical encounter; characteristics of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders; developmental levels; assessment; interventions and supports (pp 49-73) and effective implementation of interventions and supports. A large section on interventions and supports will help to bridge knowledge gaps  medical professionals may experience. 

Find also appendices with the role of service providers as well additional resources and games to prepare for medical encounters. There is an accompanying CD with forms, activities and games worksheets which can be printed and duplicated. Illustrations are in black and white. More resources of this nature which are both family-centered and helpful for health professionals, would be welcome.

This book is available for loan from the AWCH collection at call number: 618.9285882 HUD 1

Book Review written by
Jillian Rattray
AWCH librarian