I see Things Differently: A First Look at Autism is a beautifully written book that helps young children and adults alike understand what autism is, and why children with autism display behaviors that may not make sense to a child without special needs.
For example, many autistic children find it difficult to play with others, or engage in activities that most find fun, such as attending a baseball game. This is because their minds, which develop differently, can get overwhelmed by excessive noise such as clapping or cheering. The book also explains that autistic children deal with nervousness and anxiety regularly because of the different ways their minds process information.
I see Things Differently: A First Look at Autism further explains how all differences of autistic children aren’t odd, as they can also possess exceptional gifts, such as advanced computer skills or great artistic ability, which is shown through watercolor illustrations. The author does a great job of explaining in plain language the need for sensitivity to these differences. Even better, the book provides additional reading resources for both children and adults in the back of the book.
1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and currently more than 3.5 million Americans live with ASD. For this reason, it is important that we educate our children and ourselves to become empathetic to those with autism and other special needs. April is Autism Awareness Month; it is the perfect time to educate children about this disorder that affects so many. Do your part and read I see Things Differently: A First Look at Autism to a child in your life.