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The Thursday Surprise:  A Story about Kids and Autism by [Ennis, Ryan]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 767 KB
  • Print Length: 100 pages
  • Publication Date: June 21, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0057B0K6G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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By Elizabeth Reese on January 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am a special education teacher, but I still struggle with explaining autism to my students and even to my own child. My daughter is 5 and we regularly have playdates with the child of a family friend who has autism. She often asks me about his behaviors and I have difficulty explaining. "The Thursday Surprise" does an excellent job of describing autism on a level where elementary-school age children can not only understand, but identify. I feel that using this book with my daughter was extremely helpful in letting her know why her friend acts differently and also realizing that it is ok. I would not hesitate to recommend "The Thursday Surprise" to anyone struggling with explaining autism to any child or to help children with autism realize that they are not alone.
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After Katie was selected to visit a class with autistic children to read books, she meets Michael. At first, communicating to him seemed next to impossible to Katie. Michael would rather write on his notepad than to pay attention to her. Katie is immediately frustrated and wants nothing else to do with the class. Despite her reluctance, Katie's teacher insists that she returns to the classroom. Determined to find a way to connect with Michael; she comes up with cleaver ways to gain his attention and eventual friendship.

The Thursday Surprise is a charming story. Ryan Ennis is forthright and sentimental in his writing. The book will stimulate discussions about communicating and being patience with others. Children will learn that giving up is never an option.
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Children are not always accepting of new experiences, but when informed in advance, they usually have positive outcomes. Such is Katie's experience as she meets the challenges of befriending Michael, an autistic child. This book is recommended reading for children as well as adults who need a resource that can help them understand autism. It provides both good information about autism as well as an entertaining story.
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In The Thursday Surprise, we meet a fourth grader named Katie who is best friends with Melissa. One Thursday, Mrs. Burnette ends recess early informing the students that she has chosen a few of them to take books in to read to students in Mr. Appleton’s room. He teaches students who have autism. Katie and Melissa find the room well-organized but stark and boring. The students act different, and there are a lot of rules. Katie is paired with a boy named Michael who does not pay attention and will not look at her. She can’t get him interested in anything. Katie is so frustrated that she does not want to go back again and is still upset when she gets home. Her mom explains that each autistic child is very different; you need to be patient and try different things. Katie promises her mother and teacher that she will try, but nothing seems to be working. Will Katie find a way to help Michael and gain a new friend?
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I found this book to be a nice way to introduce a child who is unfamiliar with the basic concepts of autism to the subject. The story, in my opinion could have been a little shorter and I think it would have served the same purpose without losing the interest of the child. I think it is wonderful that the author wrote this book and it is clear that they care about the subject matter. I found the book to be really on point in the regard that the author makes it clear that there is a range of different spectrum disorders and that one autistic child may react differently than another. I would recommend this book to teachers our parents who aren't sure how to break the ice on this topic.
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With any activity challenges are set forth both in the normal setting and those that demand extra patience that eventually may show promise of development of social skills for both autistic children and their peers to interact with each other. As shown in this story, some space sometimes is needed for growth.
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For grades 1-3. Black and white pictures. Storyline is repetitive.
It's an awfully long book (79 ps_ for a teacher to read aloud. Much better (and shorter) books on educating kids about autism

Recommended:
K-3
A First Look at Autism, Pat Thomas
My Friend With Autism, Beverly Bishop
My Brother Charlie, Holly Robinson Peete
The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism, Ellen Sabin

K-5
How To Talk to An Autistic Child, Daniel Stefanski
Lucy’s Amazing Friend, Stephanie Workman

1-6
A is for Autism, F is for Friend, Joanna Keating-Velasco
Can I Tell You About Asperger Syndrome? A Guide for Friends and Family, Jude Welton
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Autism represents one more example of the many diverse populations that today's teachers and students might face given the goal of American education to mainstream more children who possess special needs. Students with autism have difficulty communicating and developing relationships with others, and represent a real challenge for today's educators.

Ryan Ennis, in his book The Thursday Surprise, uses the unique art of storytelling to describe and illustrate many of the characteristics associated with autism. Through the books two main characters, Michael who is autistic, and Katie who reluctantly volunteers to read to him, the story reinforces the premise that with patience and perseverance friendships can be developed between children who have autism and those who do not. The book also can be used to enhance the comfort level of autistic students to both learn and grow in a mainstreamed educational environment.

The Thursday Surprise is a recommended read for elementary school mainstreamed programs where autism is found.
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