Point to Happy: A Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum   -     By: Miriam Smith
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Point to Happy: A Book for Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Workman Publishing / 2011 / Hardcover

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Designed for children on the autism spectrum, Point to Happy helps in a variety of ways. Since positive responses to pictures are often a first attempt at communication, children learn to point to pictures, conveying their wants, needs, experiences, and feelings. The use of the included pointer helps children focus as the select the appropriate picture. Prompts for polite language and visual schedules also provide help with social situation comprehension.

Parents read the "point to" statement, and ask them to use the pointer to select a picture, moving little hands if necessary. Big pictures and simple sentences minimize distractions. Board-book like pages. Approximately 10.25" x 12.5".

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 20
Vendor: Workman Publishing
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 10.0 X 12.5 X .50 (inches)
ISBN-13: 9780761157151
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Publisher's Description

Conceived of, written, and designed for children on the autism spectrum, Point to Happy combines a picture book and a pointer to create a breakthrough in reaching children who communicate best through pictures. Ingenious in its simplicity, it was created by a grandmother, Miriam Smith, and mother, Afton Fraser, for Ms Fraser’s son, a young boy on the autism spectrum.

Point to happy. Point to sad. Point to hug. Give me a hug. The parent reads, the child points. It turns reading into a joyful, shared experience. Dozens of friendly photographs are compelling to look at and easy to understand. The text is clear and direct. By pointing to the pictures in the book—moods, activities, everyday objects, the rituals of going to bed and getting ready in the morning—children will learn to convey their wants and needs, their experiences and, most importantly, their feelings.

The simple device of the pointer, with its soft, molded hand on a wand—safety-tested and 100 percent nontoxic and PVC-and phthalate-free—begs to be held and used. And using it—the motor task of holding and pointing, again and again—is an effective tool to help a child focus.

Author Bio

Toni Giannone, who consulted on the book, is a Communication Disorders Specialist CCC/SLP, and founder of The Speech Academy.
Afton Fraser, daughter of Miriam Smith, is a writer, actress, and mother of three, one of whom has autism. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Miriam Smith, a consultant at CUNY Media Relations and former magazine writer and designer, is a doting grandmother of seven. She lives in Northport, New York.
Margo Smithwick, daughter of Miriam and sister of Afton, is a professional photographer.

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