Children’s books about autism = great tool in inclusive classrooms

October 7, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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):

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




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