My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop
Update: The winner of My Friend with Autism is Jen G.!
I joined the review team for Future Horizons/Sensory World earlier this year, and I was excited to see My Friend with Autism by Beverly Bishop included in my first box of review books.
I received a free copy of this book from Future Horizons and have placed affiliate links to the book in this post (which means I get a small commission if you buy a book through my links). I enjoy their products and believe in their mission of providing resources for families affected by autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing disorder. For more information, see my disclosure policy.
My children were drawn to My Friend with Autism because it’s obviously a children’s book, and the cover is colorful. I love the book because it’s full of good information about autism for children, and there’s an entire section for adults in the back that goes into more detail about the information discussed in the children’s section.
The children’s section is written as a picture book, from the point of view of the neurotypical child who has befriended the child with autism. I love that the book starts with autism’s strengths, including super-acute senses (sensory processing disorder) that are described as being almost “super powers.” It progresses to some areas that may present difficulty for a child with autism and ways to help and be a friend to a child with autism.
I have two daughters. My older daughter is neurotypical and is almost ten years old. My younger daughter has high-functioning autism and is almost eight years old. They both enjoyed the book. My older daughter’s response was “This really helped me understand my sister.”
My younger daughter responded with “Me too.” after many pages and with “Not me.” after a few. She even went back through the entire book and showed me the areas she struggles with and the ones she handles better. It was very informative to me as a parent. She is verbal, but since she has expressive language disorder, she often struggles to communicate what she’s thinking in a way that we can understand. It’s much easier for her to point out things, but that’s not always an option. This book gave me the ability for her to communicate more clearly about how she experiences the world, and I’m grateful for that.
The copy of My Friend with Autism I received is an enhanced edition that has a CD inside with PDF coloring sheets you can print for your child. It’s a great addition to an already-wonderful resource.
I highly recommend My Friend with Autism for everyone. Whether you have a child with autism or know families who do, it’s an informative and well-written book.
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I have great news! Future Horizons has agreed to give away a copy of My Friend with Autism: Enhanced Edition to one of you!
This giveaway is open to adults ages 18 or older in the continental United States. The giveaway will end on April 30, 2013, at 9:00 pm CDT. The winner will receive an email within 48 hours of the end of the giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond with the requested information. If I don’t receive your information on time, I will have to choose another winner. This giveaway is not administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or any other social media site. Please enter using the Giveaway Tools widget below.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of My Friend with Autism from Future Horizons in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. I received no other compensation for this post. This post contains affiliate links.