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Point to Happy: For Children on the Autism Spectrumby Miriam Smith
Synopses & Reviews
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.
"The mother-daughter team of Smith and Fraser has created a book designed to strengthen the communication and social skills of children on the autism spectrum. Printed on heavy cardstock, it features photographs of children displaying different emotions, activities, and simple concepts; a plastic pointer, attached by ribbon, allows children to point to the children as directed. 'The boy is thirsty,' reads the text above a box drinking from a juice box. 'Point to thirsty.' The concepts grow increasingly complex, as children master the basics; family photos can be placed on the final spread to tailor the book to individual families. It's a smart and valuable resource. Ages 2 — up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
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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