Point to Happy from Workman Publishing arrives with perfect timing for Autism Awareness Month which is the month of April. It’s a book designed specifically for kids on the autism spectrum. But really, it’s a great book for all kids, too!
I believe this is a wonderful gift for parents with kids on the spectrum because it specifically addresses social cues, routines of the day, emotions like happy and sad, actions like hug, things to eat, loud and quiet, close and near, playing, toys, colors, and body parts. It also includes two pages for you to paste in your own photos and pointing directions.
To read the book, use the attached yellow hand pointer, listen, and respond. Point to Happy uses photographs, which is perfect since kids love photographs of other kids and can relate better. Each page has minimal text (again, perfect) and asks for the child to point to something or do something. You’ll see photos with text like the following examples.
The boy is happy.
Point to happy.
The girl wants a drink.
The girl says please.
Point to please.
Point to a hug.
Give me a hug.
Expensive? No. ($13.57 at Amazon.)
Here is a sneak peak of Point to Happy.
Grandmother, Miriam Smith, and her daughter, Afton Fraser, created this book to help Afton’s son Griffin, who is on the spectrum. Watch them talk about the book in this YouTube video.
WIN A COPY OF POINT TO HAPPY!
Workman Publishing is offering an Imagination Soup reader their own copy of Point to Happy.
Leave a comment below by April 17, 2011 and you’ll be entered to win. Winner will be chosen at random.
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