From Like to Love for Young People with Asperger's Syndrome or Mild Autism : Learning How to Express and Enjoy Affection with Family and Friendsby Attwood, Tony; Garnett, Michelle
Jessica Kingsley Pub
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Children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders are often not instinctive and intuitive in expressing their liking or love for someone, or their understanding that family members and friends need affection. This book, by the leading experts in the field, addresses the difficulty in practical terms, providing a carefully constructed way in which parents can help their child to develop their understanding and ability. Within families and friendships, there is an expectation there there is a mutually enjoyable, reciprocal and beneficial exchange of words and gestrues that express affection. As the typical child matures, there is an intuitive understanding of the type, duration and degree of affection appropriate for the situation and person, which is generally lacking in children with an ASD. The activities in this book will help each child discover how expressing and experiencing affection can improve friendships and relationships. The child will learn to identify their own and others' comfort and enjoyment range for gestures, actions and words of affection and the variety of ways they can express liking or loving someone, appropriate to each relationship and situation. The book also guides the adult through the challenges faced by the child. This book will be an invaluable resource for any parent or professional wanting to support a child with an ASD who has difficulty understanding or expressing affection.