AAPC Publishing reached out to me to review a couple of their books. AAPC provides books and products focusing on the Autism Spectrum and related disorders. I read both on the plane on the way to the ASCA Conference. I really liked this book for a few reasons. The first, is because I personally know an adult on the Spectrum and this book helped me to understand this individual better and because of that, I know that if it can help me feel better about my relationship with another adult with ASD, then I know it can help children as well (my #2 reason).
This book helps children to really be introspective and self-aware, which I find amazing in itself. The book tells a story of a little boy and his father. His mother and father help our main character understand the characteristics of ASD and why the father exhibits certain behaviors at times. So, when certain situations occur in the story, there are little "sticky notes" on the pages that ask the reader if the same thing has ever happened to them. What a great way to build higher level thinking skills amongst children and make them feel inclusive.
I highly recommend this book. It's just awesome!
Tracy is a School Counseling Coordinator with a PhD in counseling, National Certified Counselor (NCC), National Certified School Counselor (NCSC), Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS), Distance Certified Counselor (DCC), Educational and Vocational Guidance Practitioner (EVGP), blogger at The Extraordinary School Counselor, a place where one can find information and resources for today's school counselor...with an occasional rant thrown in the mix!, andExtraordinary School Counseling, LLC which provides resume reviews for school counseling graduate students and school counseling professionals.