Item description for Everybody Is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism by Fiona Bleach...
Overview A book specifically designed to answer various questions that brothers and sisters of young people with autism may have, including "What is autism?", "Is there a cure?," and "Why does my brother or sister not look at me?"
Publishers Description Intends to answer the many questions of brothers and sisters of young people on the autistic spectrum. Explaining the characteristics of autism, this book features helpful suggestions for making family life more comfortable for those concerned.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8" Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Release Date Feb 11, 2002
Publisher Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN 1931282064 ISBN13 9781931282062
Reviews - What do customers think about Everybody Is Different: A Book for Young People Who Have Brothers or Sisters With Autism?
Understanding the Differences Aug 31, 2008
Everybody Is Different, by Fiona Bleach, is a fantastic little book. At around 75 pages, it's perfectly accessible for kids, as the subtitle indicates: A book for young people who have brothers or sisters with autism. It's written mostly in a question/answer format, divided into six parts: general information about autism, main characteristics of autism, odd behaviour (the author is English, hence the alternate spelling), sibling feelings, therapy and help, and a glossary at the end. It also features cute little illustrations by the author.
The book tackles some difficult questions, such as "Why do some people have autism?", answering them in a way that kids can understand, without being too simplistic. One of the book's strengths is that it not only answers questions, it also makes a point of discussing how the NT sibling feels and what they can do about it. This includes dealing with such emotions as anger, resentment, frustration, sadness, and embarrassment.
My younger son, Aidan, and I have consulted the book many times regarding various subjects and found it to be helpful and encouraging. Aidan benefitted from reading about why his brother makes strange noises, why he says and does the same things over and over again, why he throws or breaks things, and why he hurts himself. The book also listed some good tips for maintaining privacy and how to respond to an autistic sibling who doesn't know what that means.
Of the many attributes of Everybody Is Different, one that really stands out is the encouragement of siblings to talk with their parents and friends about how they feel. I also appreciated the positive suggestions for interacting with autistic siblings and explaining their behavior to friends or others who are unfamiliar with them. I highly recommend this excellent book for any family with autism.
Not as much for Asperger as it is for Autism Aug 8, 2008
This is a short enough read that my 5th grader buzzed right through it. We skipped over several parts though, because our person in our family has Asperger syndrome and the book is geared toward Autism mainly. I did find it refreshing to find a short enough read that would help my son understand some of the things going on with his sibling, however I think we had already covered the majority of the book with him. I read the book in 1 hr. It was well written I thought.
for syblings of autistics May 31, 2008
I bought this for my 9 year old daughter who has a 7 year old asperger brother who can be very difficult. I thought she might ignore the book, but she read it, laughing and commenting on what reminded her of her brother. I will by more of this type of thing. Even if the kids in the books are different than mine, I think it helps her to know she is not the only girl with this situation in her family.
Everybody is different Mar 27, 2008
This book is specially designed to give answers to the many questions of brothers and sisters of young people on the autistic spectrum.
As well as explaining the characteristics of autism, it is full of helpful suggestions for making family life more comfortable for everyone concerned.
I found it to be interesting and helpful in explaining simple answers for little ones and more in depth info for older children and adults.
Great info in kid language Nov 22, 2007
This book is great at addressing the kinds of questions that come up for kids in a very kid-friendly way.