The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo is an illustrated, rhyming children's book that connects the characteristics of various zoo animals to the major social skills characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder.
The book demonstrates how some animals exhibit specific characteristics, eccentric behaviors and special needs. The book capitalizes on their strengths. The goal of this book is for children to recognize their characteristics and learn how to capitalize on them or adapt for greater success in the social realm.
There is a special zoo in Kalamazoo and some of the animals have ASD, but they learn to live in harmony with the other social and neuro-typical animals. In the Kalamazoo Zoo there are a lot of animals that have ASD. How do these zoo animals handle their diagnosis, challenges and successes? They learn to live in harmony with the other social and neuro-typical animals.
What a fun way to teach autistic spectrum disorders/Asperger through the eyes of animals, all different in their sizes, origins, color and demeanors. Told through rhyme, this children's picture book demonstrates how those with ASD and the neurotypical animals exhibit their specific characteristics, eccentric behaviors and special needs. This is a resource that can be used with children and their peers to talk openly about diagnosis, challenges and differences, read by them or with an adult. Professionals can also use the resource in schools or clinics.
"Charming, relatable, and beautifully illustrated, The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo is an excellent tool for teachers, clinicians, and parents to explore the diagnosis of an autism spectrum disorder with their children. While each stanza of the book eloquently tackles one common aspect of ASD, for me, its biggest strength is the list of characteristics of each animal in the story and the ready-made activities at the back of the book. This creates lots of great ways to discover and understand the strengths and difficulties of ASD, while also celebrating our differences and diversity. Joshua Muggleton, trainee clinical psychologist with Asperger Syndrome; author of Raising Martians: From Crash Landing to Leaving Home
"The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo is a great resource for initiating a discussion about autism spectrum disorders with children. Featuring zoo animals displaying autistic traits, the book engages the interest of children and explains autism in a way that they can relate to. Teachers can use the book in a classroom setting to talk about autism with a mixed class or one-on-one with students on the autism spectrum. The book is fun, inclusive, and affirming. The Teaching/Learning Activities section provides engaging learning activities. I wish this book had been around when I was little! Jeanette Purkis, MFA (RMIT University), TEDx speaker, and author of Finding a Different Kind of Normal: Misadventures with Asperger Syndrome and The Wonderful World of Work: A Workbook for Asperteens
Josie Santomauro lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she writes full time. Her son, Damian, was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at the age of five; he is now a PhD candidate and researcher in the field of autism. Josie is published in over 25 resources on ASD. Josie has also written over a dozen fiction books for children and young adults under the name Josie Montano. She regularly presents seminars and workshops on ASD, and in 2009 was awarded the Parent/Carer Award Autism Queensland Australia in recognition of her outstanding achievements. In 2013 she received a certificate of recognition as a community mentor from the Naturally Autistic People Awards, British C, Canada. Josie offers consultations with parents, educators, and caregivers. She also volunteers as a peer supporter to fellow members of her state emergency services.
52 pages. 2014
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