Saturday, April 8, 2017
I Have a Question about Death: A Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs
author: Arlen Grad Gaines
average rating: 4.00
read at: 2017/04/08
date added: 2017/04/08
It's difficult to speak with a child about death. If they are on the Autism Spectrum, that introduces additional challenges. 'I Have a Question about Death: A Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Other Special Needs' by Arlen Grad Gaines and Meredith Englander Polsky seeks to help with that.
After a short preface about the subject, the book is divided into three sections. The first section is a complete story with basic pictures. The second section is a shortened version with mainly pictures for children who learn best with visual cues. The final section is suggestions for parents and caregivers.
The complete story seeks to answer the sort of questions that might come up after a death, like "what does it mean when a person dies?" or "Does it hurt to die." The book answers these questions in clear, fairly direct language (which is the advice given to parents). The things that can be expected are talked about. There may be a coffin or ashes. People may cry or laugh. If people come over, it might be noisy and they might try to hug, but it's ok to take a break. Things will get back to normal.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers continues to impress me with the types of things they publish. This book really impressed me with its openness and simple language about a subject that is unusual to children. The authors have experience with working with special needs children and one works in hospice care with this subject as a specialization. It's really comforting to know this sort of book is around to help parents and kids out.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Jessica Kingsley Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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