Monday, October 3, 2011

All Grown-Up Mondays

Review of Beyond Words Part One
by Leisa A. Hammett 

Beyond Words is another user-friendly guide for schooling our special children. Johnson's first book, 1,2,3, Get Ready! an eight-week summer program preparing a child for inclusion, proved highly popular among Autism Society of Middle Tennessee library users. 

Johnson, a former off-Broadway actress and mother of a child with autism, has again performed her magic, co-authoring with teacher Sherry Henshaw Corden and psychologist William Allen. 

Beyond Words is a simple how-to inclusion guide for parents, teachers, and other school personnel. Deftly, Johnson and Corden walk the readers through Pace Johnson's year in a Knoxville general education kindergarten classroom. Information is dispersed throughout the book, in several readable formats including short paragraphs, sidebars and bullets of comments by typically developing peers and their parents, Q and A sections between parent and teacher, and candid solo recollections by each. Psychologist Allen backs all with insightful scientific-based commentary. Pictures documenting Pace's inclusive school year provide a warm visual to the book. 
 (to be continued next Monday)
Here's the link to Beyond Words at Amazon
For more of Leisa A. Hammett-Nashville-based author, speaker and autism-mom/advocate,
visit her blog at
“The Journey with Grace: Autism, Art & All the Rest of Life”
published three times weekly and usually focused on autism and 
“disAbility” on Wednesdays. She also occasionally covers art and autism on Fridays.
She also reviews books on Amazon where you can find her full review of this book
if you can't wait until next Monday. 

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