The characters in my book are two wonderful children who become friends in their inclusive early childhood classroom. "Exceptionally Good Friends: Building Relationship with Autism" can be turned over for two stories in one! One story is from the perspective of Ruthie, a neurotypical girl, as she makes a new friend, Clay- a boy with autism. Turn the book over for Clay's story, and gain a new perspective as you experience the world through the eyes of a child with autism. Join him as he navigates daily experiences at school and makes a new friend, Ruthie.
The middle of the book features a separate section of evidence-based practices, as outlined by the National Autism Center, and resources about autism for parents and professionals. These evidence-based practices are related back to the story of Clay so that the reader is able to see them clearly illustrated. Also included are easy to implement strategies and ideas to help a child with autism experience success at school and at home.
This book was written in response to a growing need I saw in society to help someone who may know little or nothing about autism to gain understanding about autism, as well as to assist both regular and special education teachers in meeting the needs of the increasing numbers of children with autism now being placed in their classes. This book is intended to teach children and adults tolerance, empathy and understanding thus helping to reduce episodes of bullying. Bullying occurs at a higher rate in the ASD population. This book is also intended to furnish teachers (both regular and special education), therapists, parents and relatives practical, easy-to-implement ideas and resources to help children with autism spectrum disorder to experience success. The information in this book can be used with a wide range of developmental ages.
A chart listing the early red flags of autism is included as well as what steps to take if you suspect your child may have autism. In addition, a chart of the characteristics of older children with autism is included.