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Regional Autism Services Program
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Young Children's Literature

Very Young Children’s
Interactive Literature books

For Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The Regional Autism Services Program, a cooperative effort of Iowa Department of Education, University of Iowa’s Division of Child Psychiatry and Child Health Specialty Clinic, announces a new category of resources in their lending library. These resources are on loan (for the cost of one way UPS charges) to support educational intervention for those with autism and related disorders. This new resource category is Very Young Children’s Interactive Literature Books.

BookVery Young Children’s Interactive Literature books are a variety of children’s books appropriate for ages 2-5 years. They are typical book titles of interest to children this age. They have velcro-backed pictures the child can manipulate and match to the illustrations according to the story line. This way the children can focus on matching pictures, often their strength at this age, as they learn language.

There are many pictures included with each story book, all secured to a hard plastic sheet ready for the child to match into the book, which has the receiving piece of velcro. These require supervision with children this young. Attention to mounting the pictures back onto the plastic sheet will help avoid lost pictures when these materials are returned back to the Autism Services Program. These are not available commercially, but many readers have chosen to duplicate the interactive nature of these books, by purchasing two copies of the child’s favorite books, arming themselves with plenty of velcro, and planfully choosing important language concepts to represent with a picture to match the illustrations.


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