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5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent practical help for therapists and parents, 5 Oct. 2009
As a speech and language therapist who has often worked with young autistic children, this is a book I would not be without. It gives a clear picture of the stages of communication development for young autistic children, helps us to recognise the meaning and the attempts at communication in what can sometimes seem bizarre behaviours. The strategies described in the book teach parents to adapt everyday routines and play to increase their child's social interaction, and help develop their child's understanding and expressive communication.
This book comes from the Hanen Centre in Canada, a foundation which for over 30 years has developed parent courses as a way of providing therapy for children with language development difficulties. The book accompanies their parent course of the same name, which is often run by speech and language therapy departments in the UK (& Canada & the US). The course gives parents additional insights into how to put the strategies described in the book into practice, and a key element is the use of individual video sessions so that parents can see how their child responds to what they try.
A tip for those put off by the price - the UK distributor, Winslow Press, sells new copies of the book, and also the accompanying DVD, at a more reasonable cost.