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I really don't know why

a sibling song to autism

Author: Haitham-Al-Ghani


Format: A5 Paperback
Availability: in stock
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I really don't know why - a sibling song to autism
Published by
The National Autistic Society

New price - was £4.99 NEW PRICE FOR 2014 - 99p. While stocks last.

Haitham has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and communicates best through his art. His book explores his many childhood quirks and celebrates his long-suffering sister's patience. Full of good humour and insight, with witty illustrations.

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Full colour, illustrated
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Edited reviews

I really dont know why: a sibling song to autism was written and illustrated by Haitham Al Ghani, a multi-media student. Haitham himself has semantic/ pragmatic disorder and I feel that he brings a unique perspective to literature for young siblings of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Written in the style of a childrens rhyme, with wonderfully detailed and colourful illustrations to provide snapshots of the moments, the book explains Haithams behaviour as he grew up from the perspective of his sister. Many of the behaviours that are mentioned will be very familiar to siblings living with their brothers and sisters with ASD: lining up toys; screaming and crying; flapping in shops; and adherence to routine.

This is also familiar territory in other NAS publications for siblings. However this is not another book to teach siblings about ASD and ways in which they can help them. Rather it is a tribute to the patience of Haithams long suffering sister, Sarah.

Underpinning the book is an acknowledgement that living with a brother or sister can be quite tough and we see the sister fuming as the TV is re-wound to Haithams favourite bits, the family visits train stations in the rain and Haitham takes her things. Life isn't all bad of course and humour is provided in the form of Haitham running around naked to avoid his bath!

The understanding of the ups and downs of family life should enable younger siblings, who are probably told, as Sarah was, just to be patient with their brother or sister, to feel that their voice is being heard. It may also offer a reminder to parents to think about the impact that living with a brother or sister with ASD has on their siblings; just by acknowledging that life can be quite tough parents can really help siblings.

Nicola Dean, Sibling Group Development Officer, Sibs

Autism Helpline Number: 0808 800 4104
Last updated: 21/03/2018 13:32:50