Genres: Autism, Communication Reference & Studies, Language Disabilities, Parenting Special Needs Children
Format: Kindle, Paperback
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This book is for all of those parents of nonverbal children (with autism and other severe language disorders) and professionals who want to “get it right,” but need the guidance to get there. We know that collaboration between school and home is a significant component in the lives of students who use picture-based communication. The information and ideas in this book are not unique; they are things I have learned over the past 40 years from articles, books, seminars and most importantly, from my students. Much of this information is available elsewhere, but not in this unique format. What I have tried to do is to curate the ideas in a way that cuts away the jargon, the discussion of research protocols; leaving all but the basic information and strategies, both groups need.
Author Susan Berkowitz, a noteworthy speech-language pathologist (SLP), has worked with students with significant disabilities for more than 40 years. In her informative, well-written book, Make the Connection she uses her knowledge in alternative-augmentative communication to educate teachers, and parents to effectively communicate with those with complex communication needs whether nonverbal as with autism or other languages disabilities.
Her passion for providing a communication system to teach literary skills to those with significant disabilities are clearly documented in her latest book, Make the Connection. She cuts away the jargon, the research methodology, and goes directly to the basic information and strategies necessary for making a difference where it counts – in the child’s environment. Parents and teachers using these methods have applauded her efforts for creating a communication channel that works.
This book is written in a straightforward manner, making it an easy read for family or practitioners interested in improving communication with nonverbal children.
In Berkowitz’s attempt to help us understand, she places the glossary of terms to be referenced in the front of the book rather than the usual back pages to give us the information we need as we read the book. She takes you through needs assessment, intervention, and provides arguments for low vs high technology use for specific individual needs. Additional teaching materials are available on her website for continued support. http://maketheconnectionbook.com/
Make the Connection breaks away from the buzz words and gets right to the point. For the parent, being educated about the needs of your nonverbal child helps when feeling overwhelmed communicating with the child, teacher, or physicians.
Make the Connection by Susan Berkowitz is a remarkable reference book which is highly recommended by Artisan Book Reviews to parents, teachers, medical staff, extended family, or friends.
Reviewed by CJ Bowen for Artisan Book Reviews