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

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The Ice Cream Sundae Guide to Autism
An Interactive Kid’s Book for Understanding Autism
By (author): Debby Elley By (author): Tori Houghton Illustrated by: J.C. Perry
9781787753808 Hardcover, Sewn English General Trade : Age (years) from 7 - 11, Reading age from 7 - 11 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs Jul 18, 2020
$20.95 CAD
Forthcoming 176 x 252 mm 64 pages Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Picture book for autistic children (age 7-11) explaining individual autistic traits through the colourful and fun medium of building an ice-cream sundae

Autism is a bit like an ice-cream sundae. There are lots of ingredients that go into it. There are so many types of sundae glasses out there. Some are plain and simple, some are loud and proud! In fact, sundae glasses are a bit like people - we're all different. Because we all have different personalities, autism doesn't look the same in everybody.

This picture-led book uses ice-cream sundae ingredients to represent various aspects of autism such as sensory differences, special interests or rigidity of thinking, explaining the different facets of autism in a neutral way. The reader can create their own individual 'ice-cream sundae' to illustrate their personal strengths and challenges, highlighting how it makes them unique and helping to build confidence and self-awareness. It includes colourful illustrations and workbook activities to help children cement their understanding of autism.

Ice cream concept was created by the authors as a way of explaining autism as a difference rather than a disability to children and their parents.

The authors have trialled the book with several families with overwhelmingly positive feedback.

Authors are founders and co-editors of AuKids magazine.

It includes an explanation of the model for adults, and ideas for using the model as part of an engaging learning session.

Debby Elley is the co-editor of AuKids magazine and the author of Fifteen Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism. She is a mother of twin teenage sons on the autism spectrum. She lives in Cheshire, UK. Tori Houghton is the co-editor of AuKids magazine and a speech and language therapist with 20 years' experience working in the field of autism. She lives in Southport, UK.

The Ice-Cream Sundae Guide to Autism weaves autism awareness and education through a clever and holistically sound format perfect for young readers. Great discussions and acceptance can grow from the sharing of this book! - Liane Holliday-Willey, EdD Author of Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome and Safety Skills for Asperger Women: How to Save a Perfectly Good Female Life

What a clever little book! It simplifies the complex world of autism in the tastiest of ways. - Kathy Hoopmann, Author of All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Birds Have Anxiety

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