- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (May 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1853029165
- ISBN-13: 978-1853029165
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.4 x 11.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,300,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am Special: Introducing Children and Young People to their Autistic Spectrum Disorder 1st Edition
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[this book] takes up the challenge of explaining autism to people with the condition. Presented as a workbook of exercises, the activities focus on the insides and outsides of bodies, people's strong points, preferences and differences, how brains work and contrasting kinds of intelligence, leading on to disability and the consequences of autism. [T]he material signals an important shift - promoting self-awareness, rather than imposing a 'normal' perspective. Author: Times Educational Supplement
I am Special is a comprehensive workbook designed to help young people understand their autism. It is clearly a much needed tool which I am sure will be welcomed by parents and professionals alike. It offers a detailed and systematic approach to working with individuals with autism aged 10 and over. Adopting a "pick and mix" approach to individualise the programme is recommended by the authors and they stress that the workbook is part of an interactive process and not an end in itself. It is a thoughtful and well planned programme which would be useful in working with individuals with autistic spectrum disorders. Author: Communication
From the Author
Peter Vermeulen trained as a counsellor and educationalist and has worked for many years with autistic children. At present he is Autism Consultant and Lecturer at Vlaamse Dienst Autisme, where he edits a bi-monthly magazine Autisme, and a freelance lecturer and trainer. He also works freelance at the Department of Psychology and Pedagogical Sciences and the Department of Sociology at the University of Leuven. He has published extensively on autism.
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Now that i have been able to look through with more detail i realise that the book does not provide answers to all the questions I had. We (psychologists) all know a lot about what is said about children on the AD spectrum but we don't always have the keys to unlock their communication. I am not sure the book will answer this as it seems to have many exercises where the child has to reflect upon his behaviour or emotions and this to me has been one of the major problems in therapy.
As yet I have not fully utilised the book and so I shall have to hold back until I have really applied myself and it.
There are many different worksheets in this book. We chose to use this in many different ways, over the course of several weeks.
Our school psychologist also had a copy, and some of the worksheets were done at school with her, either alone, or in a small group.
We chose to take it slow, allowing our son to move at his own pace. We found it really nice to have a book to help us introduce autism to him, since he never really came to us to ask about his differences. (Two psychologists told us it was time.)
As we started progressing through the book, he started asking more questions, and actually wanting to do more of the worksheets!
I really recommend this to parents who are struggling with HOW to explain autism to their children. Just use your own common sense and use the various worksheets in the way that makes the most sense for your child.