Explaining to young children how autism can affect behaviour and promoting tolerance and understanding of others.
It is pretty unrealistic to expect children to play together nicely and be friendly all the time without arguing and fighting, but most parents and carers welcome moments of co-operation and harmony. This collection includes picture books which encourage children to share and play together well. Some books offer strategies to alleviate tension between friends and brothers and sisters.
Sometimes children just can't stop themselves from asking for everything they see and in the modern consumerist society it is increasingly difficult for parents to say no to their children's demands. The little princess's parents give her all the sparkly things she wants whenever she asks for them but she is never happy and she never says please.
Inquisitive children who love to help will engage with Edie. They will be able to relate to her, and understands what she is doing. Furthermore, readers can be encouraged to look closely at the pictures, to see how any help Edie is giving might be received, and to think of ways in which their own helping strategies might be improved. This book affectionately explains a child’s thought processes, and reminds the adult reader that perhaps what might sometimes be seen as “naughtiness” is often just a small person’s way of helping.