The title summarizes the book quite well: its focus is on teaching imagination-based mindfulness activities that autistic teens can utilize to work through anxiety and gain a greater understanding of complicated social dynamics. I read with the hopes that this book will be useful for my son, and I think it will be.

My foremost concern is the attitude of the book: is it negative? Is it about changing or hiding autism? To my relief, it is positive and affirming in nature. The coping skills that the exercises encourage would be useful for anyone, really. It goes into deep breathing techniques, imagining calming scenarios, using internal scripts to prepare for events, and cultivating observation and listening skills.

The language of the book is simple and straightforward, avoiding idioms and colorful language, but doesn't feel dumbed down at all. The book overall is short (139 pages) with 16 chapters, all in a large and easy-to-read font. The very size makes this seem more accessible--I know right now, with weird 2020 online high school starting, the last thing my son needs is for me to thrust a 1000-page tome in his face. Nah, this book is doable. The chapters start with a few paragraphs that establish a realistic social scenario, and the exercises build from there. The book is intended to be read in sequential order so that kids can build on their previously-learned skills.
ladycato | Aug 11, 2020 |