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It helpfully introduces the idea of inappropriate touch from other people and ways of staying safe without being scary or embarrassing. This is an ideal book to read and discuss with primary school children with autism and also suitable for older children. -- Aukids Clearly illustrated, with a healthy dose of appropriate humour for a potentially awkward and embarrassing subject matter, this book is brilliantly plain and simple. The illustrations will help children, parents and practitioners to convey the social norms that surround and govern physical interactions, without denying children the affection and reassurance that appropriate touch can give. -- Early Years Educator (eye) This is an excellent book which would be very useful for parents and professionals working with vulnerable young children. -- SEN Magazine This is a beautifully illustrated, succinct, collection of short stories that can help young children gain insight into acceptable and unacceptable physical contact. Teaching any child how to self-advocate can be tricky, however, Hunter Manasco's An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch provides wonderful visual instructions and a gateway for discussion about this delicate subject. Child maltreatment is endemic, and I applaud Manasco's matter-of-fact, presentation of this topic. His book speaks to the needs of all young children and vulnerable adults, trying to navigate their way through our complex and confusing sexual jungle. An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch is an excellent resource for 'parents, teachers and other adults' working with young children and exceptional people. -- Jane Whelen Banks, MHSt, FNP, author of The Loveable Liam series This superbly crafted book teaches the child with special needs about the complexity of touching without denying them the affection and reassurance that touch can give. Its child friendly language and illustrations are perfect in explaining inappropriate touch without being frightening or embarrassing. In a nutshell, it provides clear and simple guidelines, backed up by the reassurance that a trusted adult is always on hand to help if there is any confusion. This book cannot fail to touch a chord with parents and professionals alike in its exceptionally brilliant simplicity. -- K.I. Al-Ghani, experienced specialist advisory teacher, autism trainer and author of The Red Beast An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch will be of great use to anyone involved with children that have any learning or development need. The combined use of Hunter's text and Katharine's illustrations has created a wonderful resource to help navigate the complexities of social rules and norms regarding physical interactions, traditionally a sensitive area to broach. This book could be used with an individual child or within a group setting and would be a valuable addition to all parents', carers' and professionals' libraries. -- Jackie Bateman, child protection specialist (sexually harmful behaviour) and children's services manager, Barnardo's The Junction

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It helpfully introduces the idea of inappropriate touch from other people and ways of staying safe without being scary or embarrassing. This is an ideal book to read and discuss with primary school children with autism and also suitable for older children. (Aukids)

Clearly illustrated, with a healthy dose of appropriate humour for a potentially awkward and embarrassing subject matter, this book is brilliantly plain and simple. The illustrations will help children, parents and practitioners to convey the social norms that surround and govern physical interactions, without denying children the affection and reassurance that appropriate touch can give. (Early Years Educator (eye))

This is an excellent book which would be very useful for parents and professionals working with vulnerable young children. (SEN Magazine)

This is a beautifully illustrated, succinct, collection of short stories that can help young children gain insight into acceptable and unacceptable physical contact. Teaching any child how to self-advocate can be tricky, however, Hunter Manasco's An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch provides wonderful visual instructions and a gateway for discussion about this delicate subject. Child maltreatment is endemic, and I applaud Manasco's matter-of-fact, presentation of this topic. His book speaks to the needs of all young children and vulnerable adults, trying to navigate their way through our complex and confusing sexual jungle. An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch is an excellent resource for 'parents, teachers and other adults' working with young children and exceptional people. (Jane Whelen Banks, MHSt, FNP, author of The Loveable Liam series)

This superbly crafted book teaches the child with special needs about the complexity of touching without denying them the affection and reassurance that touch can give. Its child friendly language and illustrations are perfect in explaining inappropriate touch without being frightening or embarrassing. In a nutshell, it provides clear and simple guidelines, backed up by the reassurance that a trusted adult is always on hand to help if there is any confusion. This book cannot fail to touch a chord with parents and professionals alike in its exceptionally brilliant simplicity. (K.I. Al-Ghani, experienced specialist advisory teacher, autism trainer and author of The Red Beast)

An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch will be of great use to anyone involved with children that have any learning or development need. The combined use of Hunter's text and Katharine's illustrations has created a wonderful resource to help navigate the complexities of social rules and norms regarding physical interactions, traditionally a sensitive area to broach. This book could be used with an individual child or within a group setting and would be a valuable addition to all parents', carers' and professionals' libraries. (Jackie Bateman, child protection specialist (sexually harmful behaviour) and children's services manager, Barnardo's The Junction)

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 11 years
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; Original edition (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849058717
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849058711
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By R.D. on December 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a well written, extremely good book that is appropriate for a broad range of audiences except for one problem with the illustrations.

The main images in the illustrations are excellent. However, the abstract backgrounds in many of the pictures include blotchy red marks that are very evocative of blood. As a clinician working with traumatized children and children with special needs, I would love to use this truly excellent book as a resource, but I cannot because the "bloody marks" draw attention away from the content almost every time.

I have had numerous colleagues and even some neurotypical kids take a look at this book. Everyone has commented on these blood-like markings and wondered why the book was illustrated in this way.

I like this book so much and feel so frustrated by this one factor that will prevent me from buying it -- I read it after borrowing it from my public library system first. I hope that the author and illustrator might consider changing the backgrounds if they get to a second printing so that this problem is resolved.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laura Lee on December 7, 2013
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My six year-old daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD. Whether that's accurate or not, she is exceptionally hyperactive and impulsive. She is also very affectionate, likely because we have raised her using much touch, cuddling, holding, etc, and her extended family uses affectionate (appropriate) touch as well. She, however, extends that to inappropriate others, such as babysitters, teachers at school, and she will even hug strangers. She is showing natural curiosity about her body but also makes comments about women's breasts. This book is excellent for teaching kids when it is appropriate to touch others! I have found so many that are instrumental in teaching about receiving or refusing touch, but this is the only one I've found that discusses the former issue. I see what the reviewer means about the "blood splotches," and I probably wouldn't use it with an extremely traumatized child. For non-traumatized kids, this is an excellent pick (I am a clinical psychologist and sex therapist as well). For teaching kids about their bodies and "where babies come from," Sol Gordon has a couple superb books. Cheers and good luck!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kell on October 26, 2012
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The book does a fine job describing all types of touch that are understandable to literal-thinking kids.
Neurotypical daughter age 9 thought the book was good and "really cute." She says it is helpful to think about touch whether you're special needs or not :)
Her 11 year old brother with Asp liked the book--albeit a fast read for this age
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Orlando R. Barone on August 30, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
With An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch, Hunter and Katharine Manasco have broken new ground in the ongoing efforts of parents, care-givers, and professionals to protect our most vulnerable children and help them to protect themselves. In their simple but ingenious decision to focus on one category of experience, touch, they have created a handbook for children that navigates the often confusing world of social boundaries and correct conduct.

Written in the unambiguous language of the children themselves, illustrated brilliantly with figures that provide total access to those same children, the slim volume breaks down types of touch into groupings that are completely understandable to their intended audience.

There are accidental touches that do not hurt and those that do; intentional touches that do not hurt and those that do. Friendly touch is discussed with a sweetness that will move the adult reader and clarify things for the child, while unwelcome touch is broached without a flinch.

The types of touch are described in clear language. For each type, recommendations are made about appropriate and inappropriate settings, how the child should react to each type, and whether the child should involve an adult. Touching self and touching others are discussed. Touching others and being touched by others are likewise considered.

The marvelous illustrations by Katharine Manasco are not merely add-ons supplemental to what is written. They are integral to the flow of the text; they bring to life the descriptions and prescriptions in a way that children will find engaging, instructive, and fun.

The work purports to be targeted at exceptional children, but make no mistake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kerry M on May 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is a really useful tool for working with special needs children, particularly children with ASD. There are five stories in total that focus on different types of touch and one that is about people taking photos or recording children on other devices. Each is written in a social story format and is nicely illustrated. Finally, there is a page for parents, teachers and therapists with tips and ideas about using the book and teaching children to be safe. A great addition to my professional library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Blair O'Gorman on May 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book is easy to read and discuss. It gets to the point: some touching is okay, other touching is not. The illustrations are colorful and fun, but their meaning is clear. The writing is mostly direct, declarative sentences. They lend themselves to quick comprehension and memorization.

The Manascos have created a thoughtfully executed book on a topic addressed by many educators of children with special needs.
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