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Sundays with Matthew: A Young Boy with Autism and an Artist Share Their Sketchbooks [Hardcover]

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Item description for Sundays with Matthew: A Young Boy with Autism and an Artist Share Their Sketchbooks by Matthew Lancelle, Jeanette Lesada & Elisa Gagnon...

Matthew, an eleven-year-old boy with autism, and his art therapist Jeanette present their work, explaining how Matthew is different from other kids and how he represents the things he thinks about in drawings and enouraging a positive outlook.

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"Sundays with Matthew: A Young Boy with Autism and an Artist Share Their Sketchbooks" by Matthew Lancelle and Jeanette Lesada is a positive and encouraging example of a special relationship between two artists sharing a passion for art and life. Since many children and youth with autism have well-defined special interests, it is valuable to determine what those interests are and find ways to use them to reinforce appropriate behavior. "Sundays with Matthew" demonstrates that using a special interest and talent is a proven way to help a child reach his full potential. Jeanette's sketchbook tips at the end of the book will inspire others to engage in similar ventures.Jeanette met Matthew through the Wisconsin Early Autism Program (WEAP) in Milwaukee. WEAP underwent funding cuts and Jeanette was laid off the payroll; however, she decided to stay on with Matthew once a week-on Sundays. Now free from guidelines, Jeanette started her own program with Matthew. They began to sketch in order to "talk" about topics, including emotions, behavior, likes and dislikes. She utilized Matthew's favorite things, such as monsters and sea creatures, to capture his attention and interest. According to Jeanette: "Matthew went from being a child who hardly sat still for more than two minutes, to a child who can now sit still for long periods of time drawing. Pictures of stick figures with eyeballs taught Matthew to look at people's eyes, and now he stares me down. Instead of reciting things to me he has memorized, Matthew asks me questions about things that are on his mind. Matthew reads full pages aloud from Harry Potter, and he feels like he can ask me deep questions and get straight answers. I have watched Matthew blossom into an incredibly chatty, inquisitive twelve-year-old, and our time together always flies by with hardly a behavioral incident. Matthew still has his difficult days, and there are still things we are working on, but "Sundays with Matthew" is something he is proud of, something that not even the 'regular kids' get done every day." Sundays with Matthew includes illustrations from both Matthew and Jeanette. Their shared interest in drawing has led to a friendship that will inspire others to look for commonalities instead of differences in people. The relationship between Jeanette and Matthew portrayed in this unique book is sure to warm hearts.

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Accept this rare invitation to sneak a peek inside the pages of the sketchbooks of two artists, Matthew and Jeanette, an eleven-year-old student with autism and his art therapist friend. Learn from their unique relationship and consider finding your own sketchbook buddy.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   37
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 9" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 31, 2006
Publisher   Autism Asperger Publishing Company
ISBN  1931282846  
ISBN13  9781931282840  

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More About Matthew Lancelle, Jeanette Lesada & Elisa Gagnon

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Matthew Lancelle is an eleven-year-old with autism who likes to express himself through his artwork. Some of his favorite subjects to illustrate are monsters and sea creatures. Matthew is also a photographer who loves to read and look at picture books. He likes chess, swimming, video games, watching movies, and hanging out with his mom and dad, two sisters, and brother. He attends middle school in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.Jeanette Lesada met Matthew in 2001 through WEAP and volunteers to visit Matthew every Sunday for art therapy. Jeanette has earned her B.F.A., has owned her own photography business, and is also a writer, Reiki master, and musician. She lives with her husband in Shorewood, Wisconsin.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Arts & Music > Art > Drawing
2Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Social Issues > Special Needs > Nonfiction
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Personal Health > Children's Health > Autism & Asperger's Syndrome
4Books > Subjects > Medicine > Specialties > Pediatrics > General
5Books > Subjects > Parenting & Families > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Sundays with Matthew: A Young Boy with Autism and an Artist Share Their Sketchbooks?

8 Days a Week With Jeanette & Matthew  Jan 20, 2007
This book is an ideal teaching tool for young readers about autism. The drawings are especially delightful and I just love the grid the young author makes of herself and Matthew. She applies several adjectives to Matthew with a corresponding drawing with the last one being "Matthew is autistic." She emphasizes other aspects of Matthew and his personality; autism is a part of identity. It is not his ENTIRE identity.

I like the way questions for young readers are included, e.g. "when was the last time you helped somebody?" This delightful book focuses more on commonalities than differences; Jeanette and Matthew will certainly teach you a lot regardless of age. This is the ideal companion book to ALL ABOUT MY BROTHER by Peralta.
Classroom Use  May 3, 2006
This book, written for the elementary grades, offers a glimpse of what autistic children face and feel. It would be a good book for teachers to use for disability awareness or to read to classes during autism month (April). As autistic children participate more in classroom activities, it is important for other students (and their parents) to understand how they think and react.

Another book worth reading after this book is "The Boy Who Ate Stars" by Sarah Adams (recommended for ages 9-14).
This Book is Outstanding  Apr 25, 2006
Not only is this book full of delightfully entertaining drawings, it's also bursting with gems of wisdom about relationships and life in general. The perspective of an autistic child adds a poignant message about what truly matters in life. The Sketchbook Tips at the end of the book can be used by anyone who wants to start drawing but isn't sure how. "Sundays with Matthew" is a wonderful read for kids and adults of any age. It should be required reading in any school that has autistic students. I highly recommend it!
Inspirational  Apr 14, 2006
As an educator I have worked with several autistic students over the years and this book is a perfect model for what can be accomplished by these talented children with a little guidance. The book is an inspiration for all those working the field of education as it helps us imagine the possibilties for success that all exceptional learners possess. I read this book to my class and we came up with the idea of "response journaling" through art and text as a classroom project to issues we face daily and throughout the year. This book has given my class the motivation to create similar products. The book is well done and would be a welcome addition to any classroom library, especially if the class includes an autistic student. This book will help the other students in class more clearly understand autism and some issues that surround it. Great read-aloud.
Includes great sketchbook tips  Apr 8, 2006
Sundays with Matthew is a wonderful, whimsical book emphasizing "how to be a good person", and focusing on areas that autistic kids sometimes have problems with. By drawing out abstract concepts, visual kids can understand these ideas more fully. There is a great section of sketchbook tips at the end that encourage others to find their own sketchbook buddy, and use drawing as a form of communication.

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