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Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew' is a book written by the award winning author Ellen Notbohm. Some of the other books written by Ellen Notbohm include 1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew, and The Autism Trail Guide: Postcards from the Road Less Traveled.

Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew is written from the perspective of a child with autism, and immediately after its publication in 2005, the book received immediate attention and acclaim from autism communities from almost all parts of the world. The book is unique in the sense that it unveils the mystery of autism from the experience of a child with autism, and the child unravels the mystery of autism. The book is divided into ten chapters, and the names of the chapters indicate the contents covered:

  • Chapter 1: I am first and foremost a child
  • Chapter 2: My sensory perceptions are disordered
  • Chapter 3: Distinguish between won't and can't
  • Chapter 4: I am a concrete thinker. I interpret language literally
  • Chapter 5: Be patient with my patient vocabulary
  • Chapter 6: Because language is so difficult for me, I am very visually oriented
  • Chapter 7: Focus and build on what I can do rather than what I can't do
  • Chapter 8: Help me with social interactions
  • Chapter 9: Identify what triggers my meltdown
  • Chapter 10: Love me unconditionally

In fact, these ten chapter-lines are probably most prominent characteristics of a a child with autism. Narrated in the words of a child with autism, the book serves as a guide for all those who have to deal with children with autism, parents, teachers, social workers, and medical care personnel.

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