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Just Give Him the Whale!: 20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism 1st Edition

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I am so grateful for this book . . . Kluth and Schwarz give educators and parents the tools to empower students with autism. I can't think of a greater gift. --Catriona Johnson, MS, Chair, Autism Society of America Government Relations Committee; parent of a child with autism<br /><br />Provides wonderful insights on how autistic individuals . . . can be helped by means of creative strategies that can empower them to experience success. --Jenn Seybert, BA, Autism self-advocate; Executive Board, Autism National Committee<br /><br />This book is for any teacher who wants to be remembered fondly by her students as the one who ;got it, who built meaning and motivation into learning. I wish this book had been on my shelf my first year of teaching! --Carol Gray, President, The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding

I am so grateful for this book . . . Kluth and Schwarz give educators and parents the tools to empower students with autism. I can't think of a greater gift. --Catriona Johnson, MS, Chair, Autism Society of America Government Relations Committee; parent of a child with autism. Provides wonderful insights on how autistic individuals . . . can be helped by means of creative strategies that can empower them to experience success. --Jenn Seybert, BA, Autism self-advocate; Executive Board, Autism National Committee. This book is for any teacher who wants to be remembered fondly by her students as the one who ;got it, who built meaning and motivation into learning. I wish this book had been on my shelf my first year of teaching! --Carol Gray, President, The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding

This book is for any teacher who wants to be remembered fondly by her students as the one who ;got it, who built meaning and motivation into learning. I wish this book had been on my shelf my first year of teaching! --Carol Gray, President, The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding

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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Product Details

  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I'm a Paula Kluth fan and this book did not disappoint me. I work with students who have a wide range of disabilities and some of the examples have helped me help teachers deliver instruction to students with their own fascinations.
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This book is a fantastic and very easy read for anyone working with students with Autism. It's important to take their affinity, or interest, and help use that as a tool to further engage the child. Patrick and Paula's writing makes it so easy to understand, simple to apply, and allows you the power to know better. When you know better, you do better. Thanks for sharing such a great book!
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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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This is a wonderful book for any teacher who has special needs children in an integrated classroom. Simple ideas on how to get the best of your students. Quick and easy to read chapters make this book easy to use also. I think it should be required that all teachers read it. As a grandparent of a special child, I've learned some things to use also. GREAT
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This book is absolutely right on. To the extent it has already created a revolution in educational thought: so far, so good. Everyone should read it now who has not read it yet. If you do, you will find yourself a better teacher, and a better person, having an easier time of things. Though the book, on the face of it, teaches you to work better with Autistic children, it will also teach you to live a better life. It may now seem that I speak deeply and inscrutably ;) but every word I say is true. Peace and love. EJG
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