When My Autism Gets Too Big!: A Relaxation Book for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Mass Market Paperback – Jan 2003
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Kristi Sakai, parent of 3 with Asperger Syndrome and author of
Finding Our Way: Practical Solutions for Creating a Supportive Home and Community for the Asperger Syndrome Family
The relaxation techniques described in this book are very logical and straightforward. Young children can readily apply the suggestions that are given in this book.
The image of the thermometer and using such a familiar item to "chart" or recognize emotions is an excellent teaching tool. Young children can describe their tolerance level as being a "one," which is in the calm zone or as high as a "five," which often presages a melt-down. Instead of the mercury rising, this book will help youngsters with autism to know when certain emotions are rising and how to verbalize and describe them.
After reading the raving reviews I ordered it and it was a huge disappointment ! This book was nothing like what I was expecting !
First it is more a booklet or a leaflet than a real book, it probably has about 20 pages (I don't know exactly because I sent it back right away).
When you open the book you usually have one page with a cartoon representing the child coping with his autism getting too big (I personally didn't like the drawings) and on the other page just a few lines of text. That's it !!
This book is made for kids, older kids, that can look at it and relate to it ! I thought it was for parents to teach their kids ways of relaxing, it's not ! (I guess the one I needed was the one explaining the 5 points scale...) I am under the impression that this book is useless unless you have the other one and your child is used to the 5 points scale !
I really hope Amazon is going to add the "search inside" option on this book because anyone interested in it should take a pick to make sure it is what they think it is !
The rating system is a good idea. It can be used for identifying the intensity of an emotion, "My frustration is at a 4", "My anger is at a 3", etc.
The very visual pictures of a thermometer with a One(calm) to Five("Red Alert") scale really helped my boys learn how to identify their anger before it gets to the 5 stage. I even use this language daily to really incorporate it in all our lives. When they are doing something they enjoy, I ask "Where is your thermometer now"? and when I get upset I say to my boys "My thermometer is at a 4 so I am going to take a break". The language is simple, the concept is brilliant. This is a must have for ALL parents, not just those with Autistic kids.