I am Special is a proven program for helping children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum to understand themselves and their diagnosis, gain confidence and thrive.
I am Special is a workbook developed by Peter Vermeulen and already used extensively with young people with autism spectrum disorder. The workbook is designed for a child to work through with an adult--parent, teacher or other professional. Unlike other books, its content and layout are devised especially for children who read, think and process information differently.
I am Special is divided into two parts. The first is a theoretical introduction that explains how to inform children that they have autism or Asperger Syndrome and how to use the worksheets with groups or individuals. The second part consists of a series of worksheets which the child works through with an adult to create a unique and personal book about him or herself. It includes a series of exercises that present autism positively. They strike a balance between general facts, information about autism and personal information, covering the strengths an autistic person may have as well as the difficulties they may face. This fully updated second edition contains many new worksheets, and a useful CD ROM with all of the worksheets in a handy printable format. I am Special can be used with young people over the age of ten years. Not only is it an excellent source of information for the autistic child; it can be the first step in a process of counselling or psychotherapy or the springboard for a discussion group on autism.
Peter Vermeulen describes in-depth the theory and research behind the program, and explains how to use it in practice. He presents a series of specially-designed worksheets, included on the accompanying CD in a handy printable format, on a wide range of topics, including how the brain works, physical characteristics, likes and dislikes, sensory issues, strengths and weaknesses, learning preferences, relationships and plans for the future. When completed, the worksheets can be used to build up a unique and personal book about the individual on the autism spectrum, to help foster self-understanding and self-confidence. For the very first time, the program presented in this second edition is suitable for use with teens and adults as well as children, and also contains helpful interactive material for siblings.
This is a unique resource for all those involved in supporting children, teens and adults on the autism spectrum, including teachers, psychologists, counselors as well as parents and carers.
"Supporting children and young people on the autism spectrum to attain greater self-awareness and understanding can be a real challenge. Practitioners from a wide range of professional disciplines will find Peter Vermeulen's sensitive and well considered approach inspirational as well as invaluable."--Charlene Tait, Scottish Autism
"I Am Special is one of the most useful workbooks ever produced for autism. This new edition also embraces technological assistance, in its extensive library of electronic worksheets. Every parent or professional who works in autism should have a copy of this book."--Professor Lynette van Zijl, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
256 pages + CD of printable worksheets. 2013