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.