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Book review: All About Me: A Step-by-Step Guide to Telling Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum about their Diagnosis

Acting national director of the Autism Initiatives Eamonn Slevin reviews All About Me: A Step-by-Step Guide to Telling Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum about Their Diagnosis

All About Me: A Step-by-Step Guide to Telling Children and Young People on the Autism Spectrum about Their Diagnosis

Andrew Miller

Jessica Kingsley

£25 | 256pp

ISBN: 9781785921292

Sharing information with a child that they have autism is difficult, but it begins a process of parents jointly exploring with their child what such a diagnosis might mean. How the child and family receive this crucial initial information can lead to negative emotional after effects or, as in the narrated process in this book, if how the child is loved as a person is emphasised the outcome can be positive.

All About Me makes a significant contribution to this life journey for the child and their family. Crucially the book fully acknowledges that autism is unique to each individual, despite having common characteristics and, therefore, the individual teaching

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