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Point to Happy: A Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum Review by Christine Hindle

Workman Publishing
225 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014
http://www.workman.com/

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.

Product review by Christine Hindle, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, June 2011

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