Cookieby Linda Kneeland, Todd Fargo
Coping with her daughter's frustrations in trying to comunicate, inspired Linda Kneeland to write this charming story. Molly, who has Down Syndrome, is slow in her speech development which leads to temper tantrums. With the help of a speech therapist she learns to sign and express her wants. This is an entertaining way to introduce signing as an alternative method of communication.
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This helpful book, based on true experience, shows how signing can be a communications solution for Down Syndrome children with verbal expression challenges. Written for readers of all ages, it is particularly appropriate for youngsters to gain understanding of and tolerance for those with Down Syndrome. Two signing 'words' are introduced mid-book,with enlarged illustrations for 'cookie' and 'juice' rounding out the book. It lends itself nicely to discussion among children as well as offering a communications option for children like Molly who find it difficult to communicate verbally. It is well-bound and is approved by The American Academy of Pediatrics.