For reluctant writers, introduce novel or unexpected materials and supports. Try old typewriters, novelty or colored pencils, voice-activated software or story starters.

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Day 14: Through the Eyes of Aliens: A Book about Autistic People

Posted on April 14, 2014 in Autism

Through the Eyes of Aliens coverJasmine Lee O’Neill’s book, Through the Eyes of Aliens, is more about explaining the experience of autism than it is about exploring her own life, so while it is in many ways autobiographical, it is a book that does as much teaching as it does revealing.

O’Neill uses her book not to illustrate how autism has shaped her life, but to describe what it is to live on the autism spectrum. She also uses her platform to encourage friends, family and professionals become more sensitive. She has many practical suggestions for reframing behavior, building from strengths, and supporting communication differences.

Above all, this book is about positive thinking and celebrating differences. It certainly has helped me to better understand what support means. And it has inspired me to be more creative and committed when it comes to both listening and learning.

** Idea for using this book: If you are interested in teaching or learning more about using fascinations and special interests as a tool, you will want to read Through the Eyes of Aliens. Use it as a springboard for developing positive supports.

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