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How Joshua learned

Making sense of the world with autism

Author: Joshua Love


Format: A5 Paperback
Availability: in stock
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How Joshua learned - Making sense of the world with autism
Joshua Love
Published by
The National Autistic Society

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Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) can often be greatly helped by visual supports and good organisation. In his self-help book, aimed at children aged three to seven with an ASD, and their parents, Joshua explains the strategies that have helped him. The amusing colour pictures support Joshua's visual supports message. They are only partly coloured to offer colouring-in opportunities.

The author, Joshua Love, is eight-and-a-half years old and has autism. He attends a mainstream school.
Print format
Full colour, illustrated by Dennis Ayris
Number of pages
First publication
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Dispatch partner
Primary distribution partner
Typical delivery
7 working days
Subject Primary
Edited reviews

This book is aimed at three to seven year olds. It is not too wordy and keeps illustrations and conversation short and to the point. It flows nicely with excellent strategies and ideas, which have obviously been tried and tested.

I found as a family support worker that the strategies were really good, although I do think the book could have emphasized in some way the need to be patient when trying new strategies.

This is a lovely book, in that it involves all of the family in playing a part in teaching appropriate social skills. The points about learning to greet and turn taking in play would be approachable to a child with autism. I especially like the part where Joshua, after learning to work the computer, was able to teach his mum.

I think this will be a really popular book with children and good to read to other family members and allow them to see how complicated the world can be with autism.

This book could also go on to teach children to write a personal diary on a daily basis like Joshua. Its content is lovely and even leaves some of the well illustrated pictures only partly coloured to offer colouring-in opportunities.

It is a wonderful guide to trying strategies that will encourage other children to have a go themselves. It also emphasizes the importance of positive role modelling as parents, siblings and family members in teaching social skills.
Jacqueline Smith
Family support worker, Autism Suffolk

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Last updated: 04/09/2017 17:12:45