This next book I'm about to share from The Thinking Tree is very near and dear to my heart because it's one that I will use with Lance. It's a pocket sized coloring and activity book, for all ages, with black and white pictures.
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Did you know Sarah the author and creator of Dyslexia Games and The Thinking Tree publications is dyslexic and has Asperger's Syndrome? Yup, this amazingly talented woman has Asperger's.
When Sarah was around 14 years old she modeled for a popular teen magazine. It was during this time that she had to study faces and became obsessed with peoples eyes. While training to be a model Sarah had to learn how to walk into a room, make eye contact, and act. At first this was very hard but through time it became easier.
Sarah noticed that she was becoming comfortable with looking at peoples faces but even more amazing was she began to understand what sympathy felt like.
When a child (or adult) looks into the eyes of a person it's like looking into the depth of their soul. They see so much emotions and it's all mixed up. Sarah helped me understand this about Lance. When I asked Lance about looking into my eyes or anyone's eyes, what did he see or how did it make him feel. He said it was freaky. That's his word for it and he doesn't like it.
So as you can see, I'm really excited about this Autism/Asperger's Therapy Book.
Autism Spectrum Coloring Book will have your child study 60 faces of people and animals.
Sarah included faces of animals because it might be easier to start with the eyes of an animal. Your child can skip around in the book and choose the faces he would like to study.
It was through overcoming the fear of eye contact that Sarah was able to overcome other problems of Asperger's.
Once your child is able to feel safe making eye contact he will be able to understand and connect with others.
The person using this book should look at the face and consider how the person or animal is feeling.
They will then color the eyes in order to become more comfortable with eye contact.
For each face the person will also complete an activity page. If using this with a child don't feel like they have to complete everything in one sitting. If you need to only do some and have the child come back later to finish.
Questions: What color are my eyes? ~ Can you trace my face? ~ Can you guess what I'm thinking? and then the person will color the face that shows how they feel. At the very bottom right corner there is a face that says, "Draw Me!"
I love that the book includes face of children with special needs.
This book helps the user to analyze and experience facial expressions, emotions, and feelings in a very logical and artistic way.
The goal is to help the person using Color My Eyes Trace My Face to become interested in the human face as well as the feeling of others.
This book includes pictures of various ages, races, emotions, and feelings. There are family members laughing together showing love for each other.Color My Eyes Trace My Face with your child you will want to discuss the emotions and moods of the people (and animals) in the book. Make the same expressions with each other.
The brain is amazing! By using this powerful, pocket size book that taps into the user's natural curiosity while reprogramming the brain to be able to develop a more natural perception of social interaction and sympathy. Wow, what an amazing God we have that He created our brains to respond and even reprogram itself to things like Eye Contact Therapy!
How is this guy feeling? What expression best describes him? Can you make the same face as the by in this picture?
Sarah has added at least eight pictures from her personal photo album! Search and see if you can find her husband Josh and some of her children.
Sarah made Eye Contact Therapy is an important activity in her home because some of her own children showed many signs of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome at a young age. At this point most people would never believe that these children started off strongly with Autistic behaviors. Once they became interested in faces, everything changed.
Can you see why I'm so excited about this book? I truly believe it's going to help many people on the autism spectrum.
Thank you Sarah Janisse Brown.