The author invites you on a journey in unfolding small layers of awareness, illuminating how thoughtfully chosen vocabulary can greatly enhance your relationship with a child with autism. The pages within are filled with teachable tales exploring the communication, emotional regulation and relationship difficulties that common habitual language may trigger when engaging children with autism. Each tale absorbs the reader in a typical life scenario related to specific usage of the word, no, creating an engaging, informative, and personally relatable
experience. Discussions following embed autism education and psychology theories to promote conceptualization and offer suggestions for enriched interactions.
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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite Colette McNeil is an author with over twenty years of experience in teaching children with autism and related disorders between the ages of three to twenty-two. She shares her vast knowledge regarding how carefully selected words, when used in communication, can build the relationship between a child and their parent or teacher in Understanding the Challenge of "No" for Children with Autism. Colette McNeil shares the various comprehension challenges that a child with autism faces when negatively phrased instructions or answers are used. She emphasizes the need to frame reactions in a positive way, and gives illustrations of how this can be achieved. She also encourages consistency and structure when engaging a child with autism. Understanding the Challenge of "No" for Children with Autism is an incredibly resourceful book that will help any parent, guardian or teacher relate constructively to a child with autism. It is full of useful practical examples that expanded my knowledge on the topic and helped me grasp the message contained in the book. Colette McNeil carefully presents different situations between a child with autism and their parent or teacher. I was able to understand how to phrase sentences meaningfully so as to communicate effectively with children with the disorder, and ultimately build my relationship with them. McNeil also includes other important features on the topic such as taking responsibility for better communication, and the importance of using simple phrases, which I thought were quite helpful and applicable. Overall, reading Understanding the Challenge of "No" for Children with Autism by Colette McNeil was truly enlightening.