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Point to Happy: For Children on the Autism Spectrum
     

Point to Happy: For Children on the Autism Spectrum

by Miriam Smith, Margo Smithwick (Photographer), Afton Fraser
 

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

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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.

The simple device of the pointer, with its soft, molded hand on a wand—safety-tested and 100 percent nontoxic and PVC-and phthalate-free—begs to be held and used. And using it—the motor task of holding and pointing, again and again—is an effective tool to help a child focus.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The mother-daughter team of Smith and Fraser has created a book designed to strengthen the communication and social skills of children on the autism spectrum. Printed on heavy cardstock, it features photographs of children displaying different emotions, activities, and simple concepts; a plastic pointer, attached by ribbon, allows children to point to the children as directed. "The boy is thirsty," reads the text above a box drinking from a juice box. "Point to thirsty." The concepts grow increasingly complex, as children master the basics; family photos can be placed on the final spread to tailor the book to individual families. It's a smart and valuable resource. Ages 2–up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
This is a special book for children "on the autism spectrum." There is an introduction by a Communication Disorders Specialist with advice addressing how to use the book for maximum pleasure and result. Information on the back of the book also offers suggestions for using the material effectively. Packaged with the book is a long handled pointer that ends in a small hand with a pointing finger. The pictures come in sets. There is a smiling boy and a crying boy and the words say, "Point to Happy" and "Point to Sad." Another page has pictures of different kinds of food, which the reader is asked to point to. Picture sets include noisy things, playtime actions, different kinds of toys, and different activities for day and nighttime. There is a place on the last page for the owner of the book to paste in photographs and write the names of family and friends who can later be identified using the pointer. Please notice that the information on the front cover announcing that the book is intended for "kids on the autism spectrum" is printed on a clear plastic sticker designed to be removed. Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761157151
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Pages:
20
Product dimensions:
12.90(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

Toni Giannone, who consulted on the book, is a Communication Disorders Specialist CCC/SLP, and founder of The Speech Academy.

Afton Fraser, daughter of Miriam Smith, is a writer, actress, and mother of three, one of whom has autism. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Miriam Smith, a consultant at CUNY Media Relations and former magazine writer and designer, is a doting grandmother of seven. She lives in Northport, New York.

Margo Smithwick, daughter of Miriam and sister of Afton, is a professional photographer.

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