Last week my colleague Ilana cited a great fiction book recommendation
about a teenage boy with Asberger’s Syndrome. This week I've added another viewpoint from a nonfiction perspective. Check out the amazing book by Daniel Stefanski entitled How to Talk to an Autistic Kid
. Daniel (who is on the Spectrum) got frustrated about some of the impressions people often have about kids with autism so he decided to write a book about it. The result is an often humorous yet insightful look into some of the common questions such as
- Why does my friend with autism sometimes stand too close or talk too loud?
- Why does she talk so much about the same topic?
- Why does he complain all the time about the noise, lights or smells?
- Why does it seem like my friend does not understand me?
- Is he smart?
- What kinds of things can we do together?
- What can I do to help kids with autism?
I think this book is a must-read and reference for inclusion for all teachers, students, caregivers and anyone who wants to learn more about living with ASD. Great job, Daniel! What tips can you add for inclusion for students like Daniel?