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Just Give Him the Whale!: 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism Paperback – February 14, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1557669605 ISBN-10: 1557669600 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Brookes Publishing; 1 edition (February 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557669600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557669605
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Once again Paula and Patrick have hit the nail squarely on the head . . . A practical book that is crystal clear in its values and powerful in its vision. I recommend it for every teacher who wants to make a difference in all students' lives."
(Carol Tashie)

About the Author


Paula Kluth, Ph.D., is one of today's most popular and respected experts on autism and inclusive education. Through her work as an independent consultant and the high-energy presentations she gives to professionals across the country, Dr. Kluth helps educators and families create responsive, engaging schooling experiences for students with disabilities and their peers, too. An internationally respected scholar and author, Dr. Kluth has written or cowritten several books for Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., including "You're Going to Love This Kid!": Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom, Second Edition (2010); Pedro's Whale (2010); From Tutor Scripts to Talking Sticks: 100 Ways to Differentiate Instruction in K–12 Classrooms (2010); "A Is for All Aboard!" (2010); "A Land We Can Share": Teaching Literacy to Students with Autism (2008); and "Just Give Him the Whale!": 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism (2008).



Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D., is Professor of Diversity in Learning & Teaching for National-Louis University, Chicago. A dynamic author and motivational speaker, Dr. Schwarz is also Chief-Executive Officer of Creative Culture Consulting, LL. His books From Disability to Possibility: The Power of Inclusive Classrooms (Heinemann, 2007; and "Just Give Him the Whale!": 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise and Strengths to Support Students with Autism (2008) have inspired teachers nationwide to reconceptualize inclusion in ways that help all children. Dr. Schwarz's professional focus is furthering education and services that promote the status of individuals with a range of support needs. He works to facilitate successful engagement in carious environments, allowing people to make contributions and develop experiences that are meaningful to them.



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Simple ideas on how to get the best of your students.
Betty W. Ketchum
This book is great and a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, supports and friends and family of a child with ASD.
Jonathan M. Wenig
Co-writing with Patrick Schwartz, she has created another valuable, useful guide for teachers.
Nicole Caldwell

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Diana S on May 27, 2008
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It's hard to decide what I love most about this book. Throughout the book Kluth and Schwartz combine three essential elements for working with All children: Respecting difference, challenging assumptions, and empowering learners. From the cover to the last page they get the reader thinking about the biases that influence how we view children(they're fascinations, not obssessions!) and they offer hands-on, realistic strategies for bringing out the best in all students. They tell stories from teachers and students who have found success in creative ways. It's inspiring and positive throughout. I bought a copy for myself, then ordered several more to share.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan M. Wenig on June 15, 2008
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At its core, Autism isn't a deficit of intellect or capacity - its a deficit or misalignment of motivation and engagement.

If you can motivate; if you can keep the child engaged - then the possibilities are enormous.

Motivation and engagement aren't simple to achieve, though. And "giving the child the whale" won't work as a party trick. Children with autism have a keen sense of sincerity and authenticity.

This book is great and a wonderful resource for parents, teachers, supports and friends and family of a child with ASD.

My only word of caution is that, as with all things, balance is really important. Sometimes "giving the child the whale" will contribute to engagement. But sometimes, the attachment of the child's attention to the "whale" is so great, that the child will then find it difficult to engage with anything or anyone other than the "whale" itself.

But that's ok. Because the suggestions in this book aren't party tricks. They aren't cute little tips that will automatically transform a child struggling with a loud and confusing classroom or other environment into a model student. The suggestions are gateways. They're about motivating the adult to think about things differently, to work a little harder (with less judgment) to find the keys to motivation and engagement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura E. Couture on September 30, 2008
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An amazing book! Paula Kluth reveals a collection of fascinating stories that provide insight into the truths about students with autism in our schools. This book is filled with useful information for tools and strategies we can use to support inclusion and facilitate a valuable learning experience for all students. As teachers we should always strive to motivate and engage our students as individual learners. I would recommend this book to any teacher who aims to appreciate the interests and passions of his or her students and use those fascinations in the implementation of valuable lessons.
A truly inspiring and positive book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Caldwell on April 2, 2008
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Paula Kluth has done it again! Co-writing with Patrick Schwartz, she has created another valuable, useful guide for teachers. "Just Give Him the Whale" provides information on what teachers can do to help students who have "deep, consuming fascinations" to increase communication, reduce anxiety, facilitate inclusion, and learn academic content.

It did leave me wanting more in-depth information about how the ideas presented could be expanded for general use in the classroom; the book had many short and specific examples. However, I found that the ideas presented were very relevant and practical for both general education and special education teachers. I believe that if the ideas were used, it would help increase student motivation, reduce many challenging behaviors, and help create a positive, caring classroom community. According to "Just Give Him the Whale," all of this can be done in a way that is positive and respectful to students with autism.

Nicole Caldwell, M.Ed.
Editor of Positively Autism
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By Danielle Desmond on February 1, 2014
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I enjoyed this text so much as it offered simply stated ideas to teach children with autism. I love how it offers short stories about real children and how the authors supported their communication, social needs, anxiety, and academic skill development.
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By J. Horn on August 4, 2013
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This book is well written. If you are experienced, it is a synthesis of what you already know and do. If you are new to working with children who have different abilities this is a great resource.
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