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How to Talk to an Autistic Kid Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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“Clearly explain[s] the difficulties with communication and social interactions that frequently accompany autism, while urging readers to reach out to and stick up for autistic children.”—Publishers Weekly
“While the book is short and written in language that is easy to understand, it does an impressive job of speaking directly and succinctly about the issues and offering solutions . . . This book could be used as a read-aloud, with a teacher or therapist working either with a mixed group of children or those on the spectrum, giving them words to use in social and school settings.”—School Library Journal
Best of the Best 2012—Chicago Public Library
“Perfect for introducing the topic of autism to grade school and middle school students.” —Green Bay Press-Gazette
Gold award winner in ForeWord Reviews’ 2011 Book of the Year Awards
Who better to explain the challenges of typical kids communicating with autistic kids than 14-year-old Daniel Stefanski, who has autism? “Even though my brain is different, I’m still a kid.” And like any kid who’s been ignored, Daniel can often feel lonely. Through his casual and frank first-person narration, accompanied by two-tone digital illustrations, he recognizes that autistic kids may look and sound different when trying to communicate, but they still want to be included. After explaining how autistic kids have trouble understanding figures of speech and body language, often get “stuck” on one topic, and may have sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights, etc., he offers suggestions on how to engage autistic kids and give them social cues (“Excuse me, could you step back just a bit? I need a little more space”). The teen also addresses bullying (and yes, he can tell the difference between laughing with him and at him). Daniel’s insight, courage, and hopefulness make this an accessible guide to bridging the gap of diversity.—Booklist
“I just love the feel-good message of this book . . . one of the best children’s books on autism that I have seen . . . This book will help the children and teens of today become the compassionate adults of tomorrow, as they learn how to relate to the increasing numbers of people being diagnosed with ASD.”—Autism National Committee
Learning Magazine Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family
An autistic teen gives friendly suggestions on how to better understand, talk with, and be a good friend to autistic kids
Top Customer Reviews
I love the way Daniel talks about how autistic children "hear" and "see", (or not see), things. He also brought up important things like getting stuck, not remembering to share, some of the different behaviors that some autistic children do and even the sensory issues. I love the section on Be a good friend where Daniel says, Don't feel sorry for me. I have autism, but I'm cool with who I am." This is my wish for Jr. Daniel reminds us to reach out to children with autism. He also asks us to stand up for children with autism from the bullies and then tells us how. And he calls us the hero. To me he is the hero.
Daniel does a great job of really pouring his heart out in this book in an effort to help make the lives of autistic kids a little easier and better socially, not only at school, but any place where they are among non-autistic peers. Adults will also find this book helpful and it will heighten their understanding of autistic behavior in kids and learn what to do in certain situations. I am really glad Daniel decided to write this book.Read more ›
This is a stellar masterpiece of a book. The author, 14 at the time of authorship is on the autism spectrum. He has done an exemplary, extraordinary job of teaching neurotypicals (NT) and neurodiverse (ND) people alike. This book is short, sweet and power packed with good useful information that will benefit everyone, repeat, everyone.
This is a book that belongs in every classroom; in every medical professional's library and in every home. Daniel Stefanski does an exemplary job of explaining the sensory aspects of the ND population; he explains special interests, which is part of the Asperger's package; sensory reactions; overall impressions and how for many on the spectrum being redirected is difficult. I love his attitude of accepting himself. I love the way he calls attention to the very real problem many ND children face in being targeted for bullies. Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions is another excellent book written by an author who is on the spectrum who also "gets" it. This book is here to stay!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing book! We encourage everyone with kids on the spectrum to read!Published 2 months ago by Seth
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE GRADE 4 AND UP DESIGNATION IS AN ERROR.
THIS IS A BOOK FOR GRADES K-5.
Bought this for my autistic 6 year old. We love this book & I am so glad that I bought it. :)Published 4 months ago by Jibs
Dear Daniel I want to say that you, with your book, have helped me a lot. I do not know if I was an autistic girl when I grew up, because back in the fifties autism was not well... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Josephine
As a psychologist who worked with many autistic kids and their families, I highly recommend this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Debra Moore, Ph.D., Coauthor with Temple Grandin of The Loving Push: How parents and professionals can help spectrum kids become successful adults
Grate book, well written , I have a 8yr old autistic son and even that my son is sevier level it helped me understand ,Published 7 months ago by Alma O.
This definitely helps kids who know or interact with autistic kids. I would suggest it to anyone and everyone. It helped my kids, but it is great for adults too!Published 8 months ago by Bryna M Dye
Reading this book now.. it is awesome! Now that he is getting older i am talking of autism to my 9 yo and at first he was not interested in hearing it, but i keep reading and he is... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer