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on January 30, 2004
I purchased this book based on it being the only one I could find relating to toilet training children with special needs and on its favorable reviews. My mistake.
If you are slightly educated on the subject of autism, then most of the ideas in this book won't come as much of a surprise to you as they don't amount to much more than common sense.
The book is listed as being 122 pages in length. This could easily be reduced to 1/3 this size due to the distracting way it is written (each page is double-spaced akin to a grade-school book report.) Ideas are recapped on the very page where they are first presented, bringing a whole new meaning to the term "redundant."
Many of the ideas in the book rely heavily on the use of PECS or a picture schedule, yet no examples are given. Perhaps if this book were revised in the future, it could include some of the pictures it refers to as being an integral part of the training process - and exclude a useless 4 1/2-page glossary defining terms such as "siblings," "tantrums" and "back-up plan."
The author had a good idea with this book, but executed it poorly.