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Just Give Him the Whale:
20 Ways to Use Fascinations, Areas of Expertise, and Strengths to Support Students with Autism

by Paula Kluth & Patrick Schwarz

Item: 9781557669605

Format: softcover
Pages: 155

When learners with autism have deep, consuming fascinations — trains, triangles, basketballs, whales — teachers often wonder what to do. This concise, highly practical guidebook gives educators across grade levels a powerful new way to think about students’ “obsessions”: as positive teaching tools that calm, motivate, and improve learning.

Written by top autism experts and nationally renowned speakers Paula Kluth and Patrick Schwarz, this guide is brimming with easy tips and strategies for folding students’ special interests, strengths, and areas of expertise into classroom lessons and routines. Teachers will discover how making the most of fascinations can help their students

  • learn standards-based academic content
  • boost literacy learning and mathematics skills
  • develop social connections
  • expand communication skills
  • minimise anxiety
  • and much more

Just Give Him the Whale! is packed from start to finish with unforgettable stories based on the authors’ experience, firsthand perspectives from people with autism themselves, research-based recommendations that are easy to use right away, and sample forms teachers can adapt for use in their own classrooms. An enjoyable read with an eye-opening message, this short book will have a long-lasting impact on teachers’ understanding of autism — and on their students’ social and academic success.

“This book is for any teacher who wants to be remembered fondly by her students as the one who ‘got it,’ who built meaning and motivation into learning. I wish this book had been on my shelf my first year of teaching!”
- Carol Gray, President, The Gray Center for Social Learning and Understanding

“A practical book that is crystal clear in its values and powerful in its vision. I recommend it for every teacher who wants to make a difference in all students’ lives.”
- Carol Tashie, Author, Seeing the Charade: What We Need to Do and Undo to Make Friendships Happen


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