Point to Happy – Miriam Smith and Afton Fraser

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  • Age Range: 2 – 5 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Hardcover: 20 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (March 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761157158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761157151

EXCERPT from amazon.com:
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.

Rationale for Inclusion:
Not only does this book provide a valuable learning experience to young readers with autism, it can also be used as a tool to teach non-autistic children the challenges of autism. Like most books about autism, this one promotes awareness, understanding, and compassion.


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