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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 approaches allowing for the child’s learning preferences and behaviours recommended are commendable. The step-by-step methods followed, with clear teaching and learning objectives are practical.

As a guide to informing children they have autism the book is extremely valuable and supplementing with the on-line learning resources expands the utility and practicality of the resource.  

This book and included on-line templates and resources are valuable assets for professionals working with children with autism and their parents.  I recommend it for parents, learning disability and public health nurses, teachers, allied health professionals, social workers, psychologists or purchase by any professional involved with parents informing their child they have autism, and also for schools, community teams and libraries.   


Reviewed by Eamonn Slevin, acting national director at the Autism Initiatives, Belfast

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