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On Ashley Waring’s “Reading on the Spectrum” (from Sept/Oct 2010)

The_Story_of_Ferdinand “Many people see Ferdinand as a pacifist. I see him as a bull on the autism spectrum: confined to a private world, comforted by his rituals.”

Children’s librarian and mom of a son with autism, Ashley Waring writes about her struggles with and strategies for engaging her child in books in her article, “Reading on the Spectrum,” from the September/October 2010 issue of the Magazine. Helping her son connect with books offers many benefits, including – thanks to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – a way to connect with each other:

“One day, he came up to me with one of his many foam letter toys. He had bent the O with his hands, and held it up to me saying “O is twisted.” A new word! A personal interaction initiated by Alden! We were both overcome with happiness.”

About Kitty Flynn

Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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