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It's Raining Cats and Dogs: An Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions

by Michael Barton Jessica Kingsley Publishers
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Hbk 96 pages
AU$22.99 NZ$23.47
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The English language can be extremely confusing and illogical, especially for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who interpret meaning in a very literal way. Why should an announcement that cats and dogs are falling from the sky indicate heavy rain? And what have chickens got to do with being a coward?

It's Raining Cats and Dogs is a witty and stylish insight into the mind of someone with an ASD. It beautifully illustrates why people with ASDs have problems understanding common phrases and idioms that others accept unquestioningly as part of everyday speech. The quirky drawings will entertain and inspire those on the spectrum, giving them the confidence to recognise figures of speech, feel less alienated and even use idioms themselves.

The drawings will form instantly memorable references for those with ASDs to recall whenever they need to and will be helpful for anyone curious to understand the ASD way of thinking. They will enable people on the spectrum and their friends, families, teachers and colleagues to better understand and communicate with each other.

Introduction. 1. Classic idioms. 2. Shortened expressions. 3. Everyday expressions and sayings. 4. Double meanings. 5. Metaphors. 6. Instructions and statements.

This is a brilliant little book! Beautifully produced in hardback, it shows in words and black line drawings the difference between idiomatic sayings and the way the logical mind of a person on the autistic spectrum works. Michael Barton has Asperger Syndrome, and as a child he was taught these differences by using his own simple drawings. His method was so effective that he has now produced this book GÇô and very helpful it will be... The little drawings are so funny GÇô often laugh-out-loud comical GÇô that parents and children will thoroughly enjoy using the book and will find that learning about the use of such phrases is a pleasure.
Michael Barton is a student with high functioning autism. He is currently undertaking a Physics degree at the University of Surrey. He gives talks at conferences and schools about the positive aspects of being on the spectrum, hoping to provide encouragement for both parents and children. Michael is a talented musician, playing jazz piano and the French horn, and he also enjoys judo.