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The Conversation Train.

The Conversation Train

Joel Shaul, LCSW

Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Inc.

400 Market Street, Suite 400

Philadelphia, PA 19106

9781849059862 $24.95

The Conversation Train: A Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum is a picturebook created especially to help young people understand and participate in naturally flowing conversations. Children on the autism spectrum often have difficulty assimilating the unwritten rules of spoken language; The Conversation Train uses a train metaphor to spell out and remember these rules. "Each train car is like a conversation turn. A conversation turn happens each time people talk back and forth in a conversation. Conversation is more than two people just saying words. One person talks about what the other person has just said." Full-color photographs of trains and brightly colored text of sample conversations vividly illustrate the metaphor step-by-step, as it evolves into sample conversation exercises that children can attempt on their own. A final set of pages is designed to be used as reproducible worksheets within the program (The Conversation Train gives permission to copy them for personal use in instructing autistic children, though not for other uses). Highly recommended, especially for educators and public or school children's library collections.

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Title Annotation:The Conversation Train: A Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Publication:Children's Bookwatch
Article Type:Book review
Date:May 1, 2014
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