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Jessica Kingsley Publishers Spring 2020 Trade: Distributed in Canada by UBC Press

Your Interests, My Interests
A Visual Guide to Playing and Hanging Out for Children on the Autism Spectrum
By (author): Joel Shaul
9781785926501 Hardcover, Sewn English General Trade : Age (years) from 7 - 14 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Topics / Friendship Mar 21, 2020
$31.95 CAD
Forthcoming 282 x 220 x 14 mm 112 pages Full colour illustrations throughout Jessica Kingsley Publishers
How children with autism spectrum disorders aged 7-14 can establish common interests to facilitate interactive play

When you're all by yourself, you can (nearly) do anything you want, but when you're playing with other people, they might want to do something different. The more you know what they like, the more fun can be had playing!

Children on the autism spectrum can find playing with other children difficult and they may be highly focused in their interests. This colourful and interactive visual guide will help these children learn how to establish common interests with friends and classmates, or family members at home, and use this knowledge to improve their play.

With six chapters showing examples of young people trying to get better at hanging out together, before giving problem-solving exercises and activities to help refine this information, this book is perfect for an adult and child to go through to develop their ability to play.

Gap in the market - no current book explains to children with ASD how to establish common interests to improve play, despite it being a common issue

An original and highly visual book, with worksheets and other activities, perfect for autistic children

Joel Shaul is a well-known autism professional and author of bestseller The Conversation Train (9780857009548) which has sold around 6,000 copies

Can be used by parents, teachers, counsellors or other professionals who work with children with ASD

Joel Shaul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in ASDs. Through his organization, Autism Teaching Strategies, he provides workshops on social skills teaching and mental health treatment methods. He is the author of five other children's books published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers including The Conversation Train.

Joel Shaul's latest book provides an innovative, visual and hands-on approach to target tangible social and emotional learning skills across the child's day and throughout their different environments. - Lauren Brukner, Occupational Therapist, and author of The Awesome and In Control Series

Joel has captured what has been missing for our students in need of figuring out the mystery of social skills! He uses exceptional visuals that make the social experience clear, practical and comprehensive. The product somehow includes everything a parent or educator would want to help a child on the spectrum with understanding and participating in social interactions! - Carla Butorac, special education consultant, speaker and author from

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