Body Talk.

Author:Wuske, Melissa
Position:'Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language' - Book review

Pat Crissey (author); BODY TALK; Woodbine House (Nonfiction: Education) 29.95 ISBN: 9781606131756

Byline: Melissa Wuske

Activities, lessons equip teachers with tools to help autistic and other kids communicate in and out of the classroom.

Body Talk: Teaching Students with Disabilities about Body Language, by Pat Crissey, delivers just what the subtitle promises. It gives teachers and others the knowledge and resources to teach children with Asperger syndrome, autism, and other challenges about emotions, facial expressions, posture, gestures, and more. These vital life skills are needed for many children (and adults). The skills in this book are keys to positive communication and interpretation of the world. Body Talk is a bridge that helps students with disabilities connect with others and negotiate relationships.

The first half of the book explains the concepts to teach and how to teach them. As a result teachers will know what cues students may be missing in communication and how to keep complicated topics like eye contact simple and understandable for kids. Throughout this section, Crissey includes resources such as lists of kids' books about emotions and suggestions of video clips to teach handshakes.

The second part -- nearly half the book -- is filled with worksheets, games, and illustrations to go along with each concept the book covers. Activities mix a variety of approaches, methods, and learning styles so teachers can tailor and reinforce the lessons. These resource pages are also available in printable form on the accompanying CD-ROM -- a priceless time-saver for busy teachers.

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