Friday, April 29, 2011

Point To Happy...Review & Giveaway!

As I am sure you all know, April is autism awareness month.  Appropriately, Workman Publishing has just released the wonderful book, Point To Happy by Miriam Smith and Afton Fraser.  Point to Happy is the first book of its' kind....a book specifically geared toward children on the autism spectrum.  Here is the scoop...

Conceived of, written, and designed for children on the autism spectrum, Point to Happy combines a picture book and a pointer to create a breakthrough in reaching children who communicate best through pictures. Ingenious in its simplicity, it was created by a grandmother, Miriam Smith, and mother, Afton Fraser, for Ms Fraser’s son, a young boy on the autism spectrum.

Point to happy. Point to sad. Point to hug. Give me a hug. The parent reads, the child points. It turns reading into a joyful, shared experience. Dozens of friendly photographs are compelling to look at and easy to understand. The text is clear and direct. By pointing to the pictures in the book—moods, activities, everyday objects, the rituals of going to bed and getting ready in the morning—children will learn to convey their wants and needs, their experiences and, most importantly, their feelings.

The simple device of the pointer, with its soft, molded hand on a wand—safety-tested and 100 percent nontoxic and PVC-and phthalate-free—begs to be held and used. And using it—the motor task of holding and pointing, again and again—is an effective tool to help a child focus.


This book is absolutely wonderful.  The pictures use "real" children, items and emotions making it visually interesting to children.  My children do not have autism but they still greatly enjoyed this book.  I think Point to Happy is a fantastic tool for helping all young children read emotions.  Baby R at 18 months particularly liked the pointer which is, hallelujah!!, attached to the book. She also had fun trying to point to the items in the book and I think it is a great way to help little ones with item recognition.  The last few pages of the book are left blank allowing you to add your own photos which allows you to make it your own.  I think my favorite part of Point to Happy is that it is 100% interactive which, I think, all children enjoy and relate to.

 If you have a child or know a child on the autism spectrum or a child who is a visual learner, Point to Happy is a must.  Pick up your copy today on Amazon for under $14!!!! 





Workman Publishing is giving one RBM reader a copy of Point to Happy!  Thanks so much to the sponsor for this great giveaway.  Here is how to enter...

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Please leave a separate comment for each entry and be sure to include your e-mail. Contest is open to US residents and will end on May 10th. The lucky winner will be announced by e-mail on May 11th and will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is draw. Good Luck!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I was provided with the above mentioned book for purpose of review. The opinions in this post are entirely my own. Your experience may differ from mine. This post has not been reviewed or edited by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this review. The sponsor of this giveaway is responsible for prize fulfillment and shipping the winner(s) their prize.

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My daughter has Down Syndrome and Autism. She is hesitant to point with her finger to thing, she uses her elbow or foot. I wonder if she would use the pointer?
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