This is such a fun book! It is a large board book. We have a child
living with us at present who has a probable diagnosis of Autism,
and we are looking for ways to improve her language and communications
skills. This book comes with a pointer that reminds me of an old-fashioned
back scratcher, but the handle isn't that long. It's a colorful
plastic hand on a short extension to use for pointing.
The book contains large photographs of children in different moods
and situations, different foods (apples, pretzels, raisins, pizza,
etc.), and other familiar objects. The idea is to have the child
point to what they are feeling, what they want, or what interests
them. Just the act of pointing at the objects and connecting them
in their minds helps them to learn to focus. We are just learning
some of the ways of engaging this child, but I can see this book
being a very helpful tool in this endeavor. It would be wonderful
if Workman Publishing would come out with some similar flashcards
(heavy cardboard like the board book) to accompany this so that
the child could actually hold each one in his or her hand.
We will use this book a lot, and I recommend it to others who
need this type of resource. It could be a useful tool in improving
the communications skill of your very special child.