Making friends can be a challenge for all children, but those on the autism spectrum, for a variety of reasons encounter difficulties. This collection of ten fully illustrated stories explores friendship issues encountered by children on the ASD spectrum aged four to eight and looks at how they can be tackle these challenges.
Key skill areas are addressed, including sharing, taking turns, and issues of winning and losing, jealousy, personal space, tact and diplomacy, and defining friendship are covered in these stories. The lively and entertaining stories depersonalise issues, allowing children to see situations from the perspective of others and enabling them to recognise themselves in the characters. This opens the door to discussion, which in turn leads to useful insight and strategies they can practise and implement in the future. Each story has a separate introduction for adults which explains the main strategies within it.
This book will be a valuable resource for all parents and teachers of children on the ASD spectrum, along with their friends and families, and anybody else looking to help children make friends.
K. I. Al-Ghani is a specialist Advisory teacher. Inclusion Consultant and Autism Trainer, with over 35 years’ experience in education. She is currently a specialist teacher for inclusion support and is involved with training professionals, students and parents in aspects of ASD. As an international author and mother of a son with ASD, she has spent the last 25 years researching the enigma that is autism.
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