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Carefully selected books, including ‘Like me Like you’ titles, to help teaching reading to children with autistic spectrum disorder or other special needs


Product code: B6634

A book about puberty for girls and young women with autism and related conditions. This helpfully graphic book follows
Ellie as she begins puberty. Designed to be read with girls with autism or other special needs, it provides the perfect starting point for parents and carers to discuss bodily changes and menstruation.

Price: £8.99
£10.79 inc. VAT


Product code: B6633

A book about puberty for boys and young men with autism and related conditions. This helpfully graphic book follows Tom as he begins puberty. Designed to be read with boys with autism or other special needs, it provides the perfect starting point for parents and carers to discuss changes including bodily changes, deepening voice and wet dreams. Hardback 36 pages.

Price: £8.99
£10.79 inc. VAT


Product code: B6395


David has down syndrome and he describes from his perspective how it affects his daily life. He explains why he needs extra help at home and at school, and also how support from those around him is important.

Price: £8.99


Product code: B6382

Harry has sensory processing difficulties and explains why he finds it hard to process sensory information effectively and how this impacts on his daily life both at home and school.

Ideal for children age 7+, OT’s teachers and parents.

Price: £8.99


Product code: B6281


A guide to growing up for boys that is full of facts, tips and colour illustrations explaining puberty, body image, hygiene, friendship, crushes and more!

Written in literal language and addressing sensory issues, safety, and social skills throughout, it is ideal for boys with autism aged 9 to 14.

Price: £10.99


Product code: B6280


An illustrated guide for girls full of facts and advice about growing up, puberty, body image, friendship, crushes and more!

Written in literal language and addressing sensory issues, safety, and social skills throughout, it is ideal for girls with
autism aged 9 to 14.

Price: £10.99


Product code: B6229

Sensory Stories for Children and Teens with Special Educational Needs - A Practical Guide by Joanna Grace

Softback book, 247 pages, published 2015. ISBN 978-1-84905-484-3

Price: £19.99


Product code: B6200

Meet Megan - a young girl who has an anxiety disorder. Megan invites readers to learn about anxiety from her perspective, helping them to understand why she sometimes feels anxious and how this affects her thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Megan talks about techniques she has learnt to help manage her anxiety, and how people around her can help.

With illustrations throughout, this will be an ideal way to explore anxiety difficulties. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support someone who experiences anxiety and will be an excellent way to start a conversation about anxiety, in the classroom or at home. Suitable for readers aged 7 upwards.                                   

Play Ideas>>
  • Exploring anxiety difficulties
  • Support for children with anxiety
Price: £8.99


Product code: B6199

Help children to understand and manage their anxiety with this engaging and imaginative workbook.

The Anxiety Gremlin is a mischievous creature who loves to gobble up your anxious feelings! The more anxiety you feed him, the bigger and bigger he gets and the more and more anxious you feel! How can you stop this? Starve your Anxiety Gremlin of anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and watch him shrink!

Based on cognitive behavioural principles, this workbook uses fun and imaginative activities to teach children how to manage their anxiety by changing how they think and act – getting rid of their Anxiety Gremlins for good! Bursting with stories, puzzles, quizzes, and colouring, drawing and writing games, this is a unique tool for parents or practitioners to use with children aged 5 to 9 years.

Play Ideas>>
  • Anxious thoughts
  • Anxious feelings
  • Behaviour resulting from anxiety
Price: £12.99


Product code: B6198

Help children to understand and manage their anger with this fun and imaginative workbook.

The Anger Gremlin is a naughty creature and his favourite food is your anger! The more anger you feed him, the bigger and bigger he gets and the angrier and angrier you feel! How can you stop this? Starve the Anger Gremlin of angry thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and watch him disappear!

Based on cognitive behavioural principles, this workbook uses fun and engaging activities to teach children how to manage their anger by changing how they think and act – getting rid of their Anger Gremlins for good! Packed full of stories, puzzles, quizzes, and colouring, drawing and writing games, this is an excellent resource for parents or practitioners to use with children aged 5 to 9 years.

CONTENTS:

Acknowledgements. About the Author. 1.Why Read This Book? 2. Let's Meet a Mystery Creature! 3. Let's Learn About Feelings! 4. What is Anger? 5. Things We Get Angry About. 6. Why We Get Angry. 7. Our Angry Bodies. 8. Our Angry Behaviours. 9. What Effects Anger Can Have. 10. Starving the Anger Gremlin Strategies. 11. Your Anger Dos and Don'ts. 12. Completing Your Mission to Starve the Anger Gremlin. Appendix: Quiz Answers. Information for Parents and Professionals. References.

Play Ideas>>
  • Address angry thoughts
  • Address angry feelings
  • Address angry behaviour
Price: £12.99


Product code: B6161

Meet Marco - a boy with dyspraxia, which is sometimes called Developmental Co-ordination Disorder (DCD). Marco invites readers to learn about dyspraxia from his perspective, helping them to understand what it is and what it feels like when he sometimes struggles to control his movement and co-ordination. He talks about the challenges of having dyspraxia and lets readers know how he can be helped and supported.

This illustrated book will be an ideal introduction for young people, aged 7 upwards, as well as parents, friends, teachers and professionals working with children with dyspraxia. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

'A wonderfully useful little book! Demystifying, non-patronising, and with loads of practical suggestions for parents, teachers and dyspraxic children themselves.'
- Sue Palmer, literacy specialist and author of Toxic Childhood

'The book is written in an accessible style from the perspective of a teenager who has dyspraxia. It is powerful to read about the main issues for children written in their own voice. Many children as well as their friends and families would find it helpful and reassuring that they are not the only one who faces the difficulties described by Marco.'
- Kate Ripley, Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist, author of Inclusion for Children with Dyspraxia/DCD and co-author of Dyspraxia: A Guide for Teachers and Parents.

Introduction. 1. What it's like to have dyspraxia. 2. Getting dressed and changed. 3. Going to secondary school. 4. Before I went to school. 5. Early signs of dyspraxia. 6. Difficulties at primary school. 7. Going for an assessment. 8. Therapy groups. 9. Handwriting and fine motor skills. 10. Getting organised for school. 11. Sport. 12. Maths and Science. 13. Some facts about Dyspraxia. 14. How parents can help. 15. How teachers can help. 16. How other children can help. Recommended reading, websites and useful organisations.



Price: £8.99


Product code: B6160

Meet Tom - a young boy with autism. Tom invites readers to learn about autism from his perspective, helping them to understand what it is and explaining the challenges he faces with issues such as social communication, sensory overload and changes in his routine. Tom tells readers about all the ways he can be helped and supported by those around him.

This illustrated book is ideally suited for readers aged 7 and upwards, and will be an excellent way to increase understanding about autism, in the classroom or at home. It also includes clear, useful information for parents and professionals.

Foreword by Dr Glenys Jones. Introduction for adults. Introduction for children. 1. Introducing Tom, who has autism. 2. Mind blindness. 3. Listening. 4. Talking. 5. Body language. 6. Playing. 7. Routines and repetition. 8. Preparing for change. 9. Hidden rules. 10. Sounds, sights, touch, tastes and smells. 11. Body movements. 12. Daily life. 13. Special interests. 14. How adults can help. 15. More about autism. Recommended reading, resources, websites and organisations. Template to create a personal profile for a child with autism.

Price: £8.99


Product code: B6158

A Sourcebook of Ideas for Young Children Including Those with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Other Learning Differences.

This practical sourcebook is packed full of fun, low-cost games and activities that encourage the development of motor skills, coordination and sensory tolerance in young children.

Using materials that are readily-available in most households or that can be purchased or homemade at a very low cost, these games and activities are appropriate for all children, including those with autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other learning challenges. The book includes clear descriptions of how to carry out each activity, helpful illustrations, and ways to adapt activities according to the child's individual needs. In addition, a comprehensive reference guide to the activities enables easy searching for games suited to the development of particular skills.

This sourcebook is the key to easy-to-understand, low-cost, and effective games and activities that will support the development of sensorimotor skills. It is a useful tool for parents, carers, therapists, and teachers of children with or without special needs.

Play Ideas>>
  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual skills
  • Sensory skills
Price: £14.99


Product code: B6033

Challenging behaviour, violent outbursts and meltdowns can put a strain on the entire family of a child on the autism spectrum. This book offers practical, long-term and effective strategies to help resolve common challenging behaviours using a low arousal approach - a non-aversive approach based on avoiding confrontation and reducing stress and anxiety.

Managing Family Meltdown provides explanations for challenging behaviours, and offers a wealth of guidance on how families can manage different types of challenging behaviour, such as physical aggression and self-injury. The authors explore the difference between managing and changing behaviour; how our own behaviour can influence the situation; and show how by reducing stress and anxiety children are better able to process information becoming less likely to react in challenging ways. The pros and cons of medication and ways to look after your own health are also discussed.

This hands-on, practical book is appropriate for children who are non-verbal, as well as those with higher functioning autism and will be indispensable for families, carers and anyone involved with children on the autism spectrum.

'As a therapist working with children with autism and their families, you often have conversations with parents about "how things are at home". Discussing challenging behaviour can make you feel useless as a professional if you aren't able to offer any help. If the family are into reading self-help books, this is one you could definitely suggest.'

- Speech & Language Therapy in Practice, Gillian Welsher, speech therapist, Newcastle upon Tyne

Play Ideas>>
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Physical injury
  • Aggression
Price: £12.99


Product code: B6031


Ben, a young boy with ADHD helps the reader to understand what ADHD is and how if affects him and what help and support he needs from those around him.

Price: £8.99


Product code: B6030

Meet Adam - a young boy with AS. Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. He helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS - he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

'there is still a great need for resources such as this book for children and parents who need introduction to autism and asperger's syndrome... Teaching a child that they are not "different" but that they can learn from someone who thinks and acts in similar ways to them is a great approach... It does very well in it's way of introducing this concept of autism to a child - who may be thinking "is there something wrong with me" at the early stage of diagnosis... the book would be a good resource for children as part of an overall understanding of AS.'

- theautisticlife.com

As a parent of a child with Asperger Syndrome, one of the most frustrating things to deal with is not always knowing how to help my child. Jude Welton's book reminds me in a simple and straightforward way of the difficulties an AS child faces daily and how we can help them overcome their struggles by modifying our responses.

This is a wonderful book because it gives the non-AS person a guide for communicating with and easing the way for an Asperger person. Not only does it identify the many ways these people are different but it suggests responses we can make which will help them to understand the world around them.

This is a very accessible book for non-AS children for non-AS children. The illustrations provide clear and strong messages and the text id direct and unambiguous as a text written through the eyes of an Asperger child would quite likely be. It is also a book for AS children who are aware of their diagnosis. I imagine that a certain comfort and support could be found in reading of others sharing the same problems and acknowledging the validity of their differences.

I was not expecting to find this book so interesting on a personal level. Having always read whatever I could find on AS this book brought me up short. I realise that I spend much time thinking of how I can help my child modify her behaviour to suit the world whereas Jude Welton's book suggests that awareness and tolerance by non-Asperger people is extremely important to an AS child trying to communicate.'

Price: £8.99


Product code: B5998

Meet Hannah - a young girl with selective mutism (SM). Hannah invites readers to learn about selective mutism from her perspective, helping them to understand what it is, what it feels like to have SM, and how they can help.

This illustrated book is packed with accessible information and will be an ideal introduction to selective mutism. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support a child with the condition and is also a good place to start when encouraging children with SM to talk about how it affects them.

A helpful guide for friends, family and professionals.   Paperback  56 pages.

Price: £8.99


Product code: B5990

Why should an announcement that cats and dogs are falling from the sky indicate heavy rain? This 90 page hard back book, called "It's Raining Cats and Dogs", is a witty and stylish insight into the mind of someone with ASD. It beautifully illustrates why people with ASDs have problems understanding common phrases and idioms that others accept unquestionally as part of everyday speech.

Price: £9.99


Product code: B5863

This vibrant fully illustrated children's storybook is written for children aged 5+, and is an accessible, fun way to talk about anger, with useful tips about how to "tame the red beast" and guidance for parents on how anger affects children with Asperger Syndrome.

 

 

Price: £12.99


Product code: B5783

The softback story book to accompany the story of Mrs Honey's Hat.  We also sell the Mrs Honey Doll and the set of hat pieces.  A wonderful  visual and interactive resource to enhance story telling. 

Price: £5.99


Product code: B5438

This is one book of a distinctive range of interactive reading books specially developed for children with SEN but suitable for all children. It utilises the power of clear and unfussy pictures to help children who are very visually motivated to learn to read and to communicate. A valuable resource for teachers, therapists and parents working one to one or in small groups.

This interactive reading book with 24 removable pictures helps children to learn action verbs and pronouns while posing and then answering who what and where questions.  Such as Where can she swim? Answer: In the pool  or Where can I dig? Answer: I can dig in the sand box. 

Verbs include: digging, kicking, sleeping,hiding, jumping, smelling, catching,swimming, licking, popping, drinking,building,

Play Ideas>>
  • Understanding verbs
  • Reading and interaction
Price: £15.99


Product code: B5437

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This 16 page book uses the vocabulary and activities that might make-up a typical day at home as a basis for the reading activities and to work on matching, identifying, and labelling pictures.  Upon completion of those activities children then use the 24 removable pictures as a visual aid to complete simple sentences such as I eat breakfast, I take a bath.

Play Ideas>>
  • Reading and Interaction
  • Matching Pictures
  • Identifying Activities
Price: £15.99


Product code: B5436

A superb 16 page book using the vocabulary and actvities that you usually engage in at school. They include playing,singing, doing puzzles, hanging up your bag, singing, reading, writing, drawing and so on. The 24 pictures in the book  can also resemble a visual schedule. Aside from matching, identifying, labelling and creating sentences you can use the picrtures to answer simple questions.

This range of interactive reading books has been specially developed for children with SEN but are suitable for all children.  They utilise the power of clear and unfussy pictures to help children who are very visually motivated to learn and to communicate.  These are a valuable resource for teachers, therapists and parents working one to one or in small groups and each book contains easy to follow guidance notes..

 

Play Ideas>>
  • Reading and interaction
  • Matching pictures
  • Identifying activities
Price: £15.99


Product code: B5392

A 24 page ring bound book which includes 18 removable pictures depicting different emotions.  This book can be used for various activities from simple matching and picture identification to using the blank pages to read the sentences and add the appropriate symbol. 

Play Ideas>>
  • Help recognise emotions
  • Help express emotions
Price: £15.99


Product code: B5367

A softback book, beautifully illustrated, with lots to talk about, which has the words to the song Five Little men in a flying saucer.  We also sell separately the finger puppets to accompany the song. 

Price: £5.99