Teach Me Language was written because the author saw the need for a book to provide specific language activities designed for children with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and other related pervasive developmental disorders.
For many parents and speech therapists, this will be the book for them, whether or not they're ME Book alumni. There are many books advocating one therapy method over another, as well as books chronicling a child's unexpected recovery from autism. A few of these books provide information on setting up therapy in the home; however, few give hands-on, explicit instructions for working on the language needs specific to these children, despite that fact that delayed language is one of the most common and limiting symptoms of children with developmental disorders.
Teach Me Language is designed to be used by parents, speech therapists and/or trainers as part of a therapy program where language difficulties are being addressed. There are several conditions that must be met in order for this book to be useful:
... The child must be a visual learner. Children who have autism or have autistic-like disorders (i.e. pervasive developmental delays [P.D.D.] or Asperger's syndrome) are almost always visual learners. By this we mean that they are able to assimilate information when it is presented to them visually as opposed to orally. The entire book is based on this principle.
... The child must be table ready and relatively compliant. One of the major challenges with this population of children is that often it is difficult to get the child to sit down at a table, even for a moment. For the parent who is beginning down the long road of therapy, letting the child table ready is step one. By table ready, we mean that the child is attentive and able to follow simple directions.
... If the child is verbal then eventually the child should be able to respond verbally. If the child is nonverbal, these drills can be effective if the child uses a picture communication system, a computer, or sign language, and can use one of these communication systems quite well.
... Sabrina Freeman, PhD, received her doctorate from Stanford University. Dr. Freeman, a sociologist and technical writer, worked in consultation with an innovative speech pathologist to compile newly developed exercises, games and drills for this population of children.
... Lorelei Dake, BA, MA is a behavioral consultant for several Autism therapy teams. After receiving her degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia, she worked in the field and established a reputation as a highly skilled and effective therapist in the behavioral treatment of autism. Since receiving her Masters of Arts Degree from Columbia University in Behavioral Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis, Ms. Dake has been working as a behavioral consultant.
Hardcover with concealed wire binding, so pages lie flat. 410 pages. 1997