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How to Talk to an Autistic Kidby Daniel Stefanski
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Kids with autism have a hard time communicating, which can be frustrating for autistic kids and for their peers. In this intimate yet practical book, author Daniel Stefanski, a fourteen-year-old boy with autism, helps readers understand why autistic kids act the way they do and offers specific suggestions on how to get along with them.
While many "typical" kids know someone with autism, they sometimes misunderstand the behavior of autistic kids, which can seem antisocial or even offensive–even if the person with autism really wants to be friends. The result of this confusion is often painful for those with autism: bullying, teasing, excluding, or ignoring. How to Talk to an Autistic is an antidote. Written by an autistic kid for non-autistic kids, it provides personal stories, knowledgeable explanations, and supportive advice–all in Daniel's unique and charming voice and accompanied by lively illustrations.
Always straightforward and often humorous, How to Talk to an Autistic Kid will give readers–kids and adults alike–the confidence and tools needed to befriend autistic kids. They'll also feel like they've made a friend already–Daniel.
"As the title suggests, Stefanski, a 14-year-old with autism, has written a book that aims to demystify the disorder for children who may not understand it. Addressing readers kid-to-kid, Stefanski writes, 'Not all people with autism are exactly alike, just like not all 'regular' kids or teenagers are exactly alike.' Brief chapterlike sections clearly explain the difficulties with communication and social interactions that frequently accompany autism, while urging readers to reach out to and stick up for autistic children. Friendly grayscale cartoons, accented with teal, underscore Stefanski's emphasis on the importance of compassion, patience, and respect. Ages 8 — up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Kids with autism have a hard time communicating, which can be frustrating for autistic kids and for their peers. In this deceptively simple book, author Daniel Stefanski, a fourteen-year-old boy with autism, helps his readers understand why autistic kids act the way they do and offers positive suggestions on how to get along better with them. Always straightforward and often humorous, "How to Talk to an Autistic Kid" offers a range of do's (along with a handful of don'ts) on greeting, conversing, understanding habits, cooperating, reaching out, and being an ally. With its personal voice and straightforward approach, this is an inviting, fun-to-read, and insightful book for all those who want to get along better with autistic kids in their lives.
About the Author
Daniel Stefanski is fourteen years old and autistic. He has a passion for writing and drawing and likes to declare proudly "I'm autistic and artistic." A talented golfer, Daniel has participated in the Special Olympics and other competitive golf events. At age four, he was adopted from an orphanage in Bulgaria and flew 18 hours with his new mom to his new home in Valparaiso, Indiana. An animal lover and shelter volunteer, Daniel is surrounded by the love of his mom, dad, stepfather, brother, and five dogs.
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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Special Needs