This is a delightful read. It describes a variety of visual aids and strategies for children with autism. The ideas would also be suitable for any child or client whi needs visual support for communication difficulties.
Since autistic children have difficulty seeing "the big picture", and therefore focus on details, visual support aids are a vital tool for increasing communication and understanding skills, say the authors. With insights from Vedel (a hearing and speech therapist), Dyrbjerg shares with parents and caregivers the visual aids that help her autistic daughter complete her daily routine. Color photographs and brief explanations display how aids (e.g. icons, egg timers) help with hygiene and dressing routines, reduce challenges with learning new skills, assist preparation for school and mealtimes, and encourage social interaction and play. Resources for purchasing aids are included.
Anyone who is involved in the care of children with autism or a developmental disorder would find it extremely useful and practical guide to enable them to provide visual support for the child, especially childminders working in a home environment as the activities are simple and require little organisation or expensive resources. This book gives detailed but clear information on how to ensure that children with autism are provided with the support needed for everyday living. The language used is simple and easy to understand and there are full colours and clear photographs throughout the book which compliment the text and aid the readers understanding of what visual aids mean in context. The final section of the book contains a list of useful contact address and relevant websites to offer further support, resources and reference as well as a number of books suitable for use with children with autism. To summarise, I feel anyone wanting to gain a quick but effective understanding of how to support children with autism through the use of visual aids would find this book a really useful and more important useable and accessible addition to their bookshelf.
These are my signs! Before I got my signs all I could do was cry.