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An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch: Teaching Social and Physical Boundaries to Kids Hardcover – August 15, 2012
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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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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.
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
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.Read more ›
The Manascos have created a thoughtfully executed book on a topic addressed by many educators of children with special needs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book to explain different types of touch, and what is and is not considered appropriate. My son has SPD and social norms/personal space aren't easy for him, and I think this... Read morePublished 2 months ago by RoKo4
Great book to read with young children and those with an ASD. Covers appropriate and inappropriate touch. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is just too much, I don't recommend buying it for a child under 10 and by that age talking to them is probably better. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Nichole Helmstetler
This is a really great book for teaching children about touch. In my opinion it can be used for ages 4 to maybe even 9. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amanda
This is one of the best books on the subject that I have read. It is simple and straightforward and easy for kids with special needs to relate to. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Posy Ann
This covers a wide range of touch situations, so it doesn't feel like "just" a sexual abuse/sexual behavior focus (e.g. Read morePublished on December 15, 2013 by zenpond
Great book-I use in my therapy practice and loan to parents as well. I have left this in my waiting room for parents and kids to look over and it has been well received.Published on November 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer