The Jay and Ben
book offers its readers a unique, interesting, and proactive way to connect and communicate. As the dad of a son with autism, and an autism advocate, this is one of the finest concepts that I have seen over the years. The book is wonderful for those with different abilities, but just as importantly, the interactive component engages even those with significant communications deficits. It opens the door for readers to connect more appropriately with the world around them. --Artie Kempner, Autism Speaks
I had a wonderful experience teaching a group of kindergarten students with Autism. Over the school year I purchased a book geared towards younger children with developmental disabilities, Jay and Ben
by Lulu Delacre and Katherine Swanson. One day, I decided to read the book and have the students take turns finding the picture cards to go with the story. (I laminated and stuck Velcro to the back of the picture cards). After I read each page, they read and followed along on their own using the picture cards to help them. I was amazed at how well they did and how much they enjoyed this book. They enjoyed how interactive the story was and related to the characters. Jay and Ben
quickly became a favorite book among the students and was picked daily to read or look at during free time or self selected reading. I wish there were more books like this! --Julienne Balmer, Special Education Teacher
I was recently asked to review a new book entitled Jay and Ben
. Many people ask us to review products and we are pretty picky about the ones we feature. The product must be economical, child friendly, new and different, teacher friendly, simple and must make a difference in a child s ability to communicate, live independently, make progress in some area of functioning or improve the quality of their life. Well we were impressed with this unique book for students with special needs.
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So what makes it different? The book contains 2 sheets of picture symbols that you can cut out and use velcro to affix to the boxes on the pages. The pages are hard and slick; the story is simple; and there are several ideas for use of the book included in the back pages. This was such a wonderful idea! --Special Needs Resource Magazine
About the Author
Co-Author/Illustrator Bio and Previous Books LULU DELACRE is the illustrator of numerous textbooks, magazine stories, and award-winning trade books (several of which she also wrote or compiled) for young readers. She was honored in 1998 as Maryland Woman in the Arts, and was a juror for the 2003 National Book Awards. Delacre became interested in developing a book for special needs children after researching the available materials and finding nothing like the interactive book she envisioned. Delacre and her husband live in Silver Spring, Maryland.
KATHARINE SWANSON is a special education teacher who earned her teaching degree with a focus on mental and emotional disabilities. She currently teaches at Porter Road Elementary in Bear, Delaware, and is also working toward her Masters in Special Education degree. Swanson grew up with an autistic older brother, who inspired her to go into the special education field. Together Swanson and Delacre researched the kinds of materials teachers of special needs children wanted for their students, developed a prototype, and field tested the book with numerous children. Swanson and her son live in Wilmington, Delaware.