Children’s books about autism = great tool in inclusive classrooms
Recently there has been a lot of information and news releases showing the positive impact reading fiction has on building empathy, for example (a random sample only):
- Chiat, J. (2013). Fiction improves empathy. Scientific America.
- Bergland, C. (2014).Can reading a fictional story make you more empathetic? Psychology Today.
- Kaplan,S. (2016). Does reading fiction make you a better person? Washington Post.
The July/August 2016 issue of The Reading Teacher (vol 70:1, pp 111-116)) includes an article titled Using children’ s picture books about Autism as resources in inclusive classrooms by Sigmon, Tackett,& Price Azano). The article:
- discusses how using picture books can increase/teach awareness , empathy, and acceptance.
- includes a list of picture books about autism.
- discusses 3 tips in detail: teach common characteristics of autism while focusing on unique qualities of the individual; discuss how children with autism need to accepted, not changed: if your student has autism, communicate with parents about using these books in the classroom.
TDSB teachers may request a copy of this article by contacting the library at (416) 395-8289 or firstname.lastname@example.org