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I See Things Differently: A First Look at Autism (A First Look At...Series) Paperback – September 1, 2014
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“I See Things Differently" is a sensitive, gently illustrated book about helping a child understand autism in a sibling, playmate, or classmate. Using simple language and non threatening pictures of different common actions or manifestations of autistic behavior, "I See Things Differently" helps explain the condition of autism in a factual, forthright, calm manner that is easily understood by young readers. Helping to promote understanding goes along with learning positive interactions patterns and acceptance of other children with autism. Concern for all levels of health pervades the pictures and narrative of "I See Things Differently," an educational text written from a child's viewpoint to increase understanding of aspects of autism. Many additional tips and suggestions for parents and caretakers of children with autism and others are offered at the end in How To Use This Book, along with added titles of Books To Read and Resources for Adults. "I See Things Differently" is an excellent resource for parents, caregivers, teachers, and children who encounter others with autism."
―The Midwest Book Review
“The topic of autism is explored in a way that encourages positive interaction among children, parents, and teachers.”
―Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego
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There are a number of things this book does really well. It explains the basics of autism clearly at a child's level, but even older kids could read it without being talked down to. Explanations are simple and straightforward. The illustrations are generally well done, especially one of what looks like a child stimming (hand flapping, if I remember correctly). There is also a little bit of discussion about what a child with autism might be especially good at. But after reading the book, I thought, "Well, this might be good for siblings or classmates, but I don't really want my daughter reading it."
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I wasn't sure I wanted siblings or classmates reading this one, either. My main objection to this book is that I don't want my child to feel bad about herself or to be an object of pity. My daughter thinks she is awesome, because she is. I am concerned that this book could introduce some doubt.
The book is clearly aimed at neurotypical children. I get that. But must some behaviors that these NT children might see be described as something they might find "strange"? Maybe could we talk about being "surprised by" or "curious about" said behavior? And several of the drawings depict children with autism looking extremely sad, hunched, and pitiful. Sorry, that doesn't jive with how I see my kid or how she sees herself, and I am not going to introduce that idea to her or anyone else.
Overall, this book has a lot going for it, but I can't unequivocally recommend it. I like the information, but would have preferred a more neutral presentation.