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Sometimes My Brother: Helping Kids Understand Autism Through a Sibling's Eyes [Paperback]

Angie Healy
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30 Dec 2005
Winner of an iParenting Media Award, this adorable picture book shows readers the challenges that children with autism face and the obstacles they overturn. It is lovingly written in the perspective of three-year-old Foster, who explains his experiences with his older brother, Gavin, who has autism. Vibrant photographs bring you right into their living room, school, and playground. Foster's innocent approach is perfect for teaching others what autism is all about, and for letting other siblings of children with autism know that they are not alone. Angie Healy, the boys' mother, provides a how-to section at the end so families can create their own personalized books.


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  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Future Horizons Incorporated (30 Dec 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932565310
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932565317
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angie Healy is a high school English teacher at Flower Mound High School in Texas. A graduate of Arizona State University, she has worked in the education field for the past twelve years as a middle school teacher, preschool director, and senior high teacher. She is the mother of the two young boys photographed in her book. Her biggest and most rewarding challenge in life has been the birth of her son Gavin; she finds him fascinating. He has enabled her to see life through different eyes and has helped her to become a better teacher.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Missing very relevant bits.... 19 Jun 2010
Format:Paperback
I got this for my 5 year old daughter who's 4 year old brother has high functioning autism. I found it mainly well written in relation to language, but missing important bits like how he sometimes lashes out, has difficultty sharing, and seems to get away with more. Overall although all autistic children are different, it seemed to be missing big common aspects of behaviour which I felt needed to be included for the book to be meaningful or useful. It is too specifically written on the child it was based on for it to be generalised and helpful to different children. I would prefer to recommend the book 'My brother is different' by the National Autistic Society which my daughter responded really well to and asks for it to be read again and again My Brother is Different: A Book for Young Children Who Have a Brother or Sister with Autism.

Overall I'd say anyone thinking of buying this needs to see a copy first to see if it is relevant. For me it was a waste of money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for helping children to understand autism! 3 April 2006
By S. Gotwalt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just read this book and it is a great way to explain the characteristics of autism to young children. Autism is a very complex subject and it's very hard to bring it down to a child's level. My son has autism and has many of the traits mentioned in this book. The author explains them all very well. The author gives suggestions on how to personalize the story for other families/children. This is great - then you can take your personalized story to your church, school or even young members of your family to help them to understand autism.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I've found about Autism! 24 Jan 2008
By M. Mason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is truly the best book to explain Autism to a child or a sibling of an Autistic child. The text is easy to understand and relate to as a child and the pictures are amazing. I have a son with Autism and this book helped to explain to my younger son without Autism why his brother does some of the things that he does. I am also a 3rd grade teacher and I have read the book to my class and they really enjoyed it and related to the book. We had lots of great discussions and they have a much better understanding of Autism. I also love the way that the author has given suggestions in the back of the book to how you can personalize this book for your own loved one with Autism. I would recommend this book to anyone that needs an easy to understand book about Autism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another must have book 15 Feb 2013
By Supermom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book rocks! It helped discuss/explain to our child about his Autism and why he does the things he does. My typical child was able also understand more clearly why his sibling does things. It's makes is more special when it's factual information, including the photos. My child on the spectrum likes the book more than my typical child. It also it a great book to share at your child's school, give to family members, etc.
5.0 out of 5 stars My 5 year old loves this book 15 April 2014
By A. Brewer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 5 year old has an older brother with autism. I hesitated buying this book because her brother is older. My son does not do all the things the brother does in the story, my daughter still thinks it's cool. She shared it with her class at school during World Autism Awareness Week as well as with her sibling group from our local Autism support group. The pictures are great and real (and both my kids get a kick out of the little boy in his underwear). I especially like the last part that encourages you to make your own book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful way to explain autism to children 2 April 2013
By Therese Murphy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Can't wait to begin writing my own version of this book from a cousins viewpoint. The author gives permission to use her ideas for your child with autism. My grandson is autistic and I purchased this book for his younger brother and cousins. His same age cousin really enjoyed reading the book and found similarities, he wants me to write the book and he wants to take it to his cousins school to read to the class. Both boys are seven years old and in the 2 nd grade. Thanks to the author for writing this book and allowing others to adapt it to their child.
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