How to Talk to an Autistic Kid Book
- Written by Daniel Stefanski, an autistic 14-year old boy
- Help explain to children what it means to be autistic
- Provides personal stories, clear explanations, and supportive advice about getting along with kids with autism
- Ages: 8 and up
While many young people know kids with autism, they often find it hard to relate to them. That's because the behavior of autistic kids can seem off-putting and antisocial, even though the person with autism wants to be friends. This is frustrating for autistic kids and for their peers, and often leads to avoiding, ignoring, excluding or bullying and teasing. In How to Talk to an Autistic Kid, a 14-year-old boy describes what it's like being autistic. Always straightforward and often humorous, How to Talk to an Autistic Kid will give readers (kids and adults alike) the confidence and tools needed to befriend kids with autism. They'll also feel like they've made a friend already-Daniel. 48 pages, hardcover.
This book answers many questions readers might have about their autistic peers, like:
Why does my autistic friend sometimes talk too loud or stand too close?
Why does she talk so much about the same topic over and over?
He won't even look at me. Does he really want to be friends?
Why does she complain about the lights (or the noise, or the smell)?
Why does it seem like my friend doesn't understand what I'm saying?
How should I act when we're together?
What can we do together?
What can I do to help autistic kids?
Learning Magazine Teacher's Choice Award for the Family
Books for a Better Life Awards finalist
Best of the Best 2012 Chicago Public Library
ForeWord Reviews' 2011 Book of the Year Awards Gold Award