I Have a Question about Death

I Have a Question about Death : Clear Answers for All Kids, including Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Special Needs

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Winner of a Moonbeam Children's Book Award 2017
I Have a Question about... is a 2018 Winner of the Moonbeam Children's Book Award Silver Medal for Best Book Series - Non-Fiction

Death is a difficult topic for any parent or educator to explain to a child, perhaps even more so when the child has Autism Spectrum Disorder or other Special Needs. This book is designed specifically to help children with these additional needs to understand what happens when someone dies.

The first book of its kind, I Have a Question about Death uses straightforward text and images to walk children through what it means when someone dies, as well as ways they might want to react or to think about the person. Using clear illustrations throughout and with information for parents and guardians, this book is essential for families with a child aged 5-11 with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 40 pages
  • 213 x 218 x 9mm | 290g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 80 colour illustrations
  • 1785927507
  • 9781785927508
  • 284,416

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Review quote

"I'm a kid who likes when there are answers to my questions." In this one sentence, Gaines and Polsky eloquently and succinctly sum up the reason why death and dying can be such hard concepts for children with ASD and social skills issues, as well as for kids who are just concrete thinkers. The authors have written a thoughtful, multi-faceted resource that allows children and parents to work through grief together. I Have a Question will help children understand not only what death and dying means, but also teach them that there's no one right reaction to it. -- Amanda Morin, Writer/Expert at Understood.org and author of The Everything Parent's Guide to Special Education In the wake of my husband's unexpected death, I searched for a book to help me talk about grief with my 8 year old son with Autism. I was surprised not to find anything to meet his needs - the books focused on much older people dying, or used metaphors that were beyond his reach. I Have a Question about Death is a book that every family should have on hand when they are experiencing the death of someone in their lives. It addresses the types of questions I got from both my sons (one with Autism and one 'neuro-typical') and answers them in a clear, concrete way. Our family would have benefited immensely from this invaluable resource and I'm thrilled it now exists to help others. -- Benay Josselson, Mother of child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder 'I Have a Question about Death is a wonderful, practical resource to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other special needs process grief and loss issues. It is especially important for guiding this specific population of young people that are concrete thinkers who may struggle with anxiety. I know it's appealing visual approach and clear language will be valuable tools for parents and professionals serving families with issues of bereavement.' -- Linda Goldman, author of Great Answers to Difficult Questions About Death and Children Also Grieve There are few books explaining death to children with autism or other special needs, so this one fills a real gap... The book could be useful with neuro-typical children too, and in families where there are a mixture of special needs and neuro-typical children, it could prove invaluable. Bright and full of colour, it will provide solace and information in a beautifully produced book. -- Healthy Books * healthybooks.org.uk *
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About Arlen Grad Gaines

Arlen Grad Gaines is a licensed clinical social worker based in Maryland, USA. With a decade's experience in hospice work, she has developed a specialisation in supporting families who have children with special needs around the subject of death and dying.

Meredith Englander Polsky has been working in social work and special education for more than 15 years and lives in Maryland, USA. She founded Matan, Inc. (www.matankids.org) in 2000, which has helped improve Jewish education around special needs for tens of thousands of families.
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17 ratings
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