Monday, 29 August 2016

Kids have fun with books in the summer too

Summer.  Are you lounging by the pool with a good book?  Are your kids?  No?  Well don't worry if they are. Books can be escapism for kids too.

Many autistic children have difficulty using their imagination. Anthony our eldest has come along way, and his imagination can now run circles around mine in the right circumstance. David on the other hand needs a lot of help. One of the ways he may access this is through books. He loves them, not a birthday goes by without more books. There is an enormous basket of them in his bedroom. 

Books are great because they can give you a starter for your imagination. You don't have to think or imagine everything, you are given most of what to imagine you just need to let it take shape. Kids books in particular are full of pictures and simple plots that make this easier. 

There is also security in imagining through books. The plot of the book is the same every time you read or look at it.  The pictures and pages are the same so as a reader you don't have to worry about the unexpected.   You can also get books in a series.  David particularly likes these, they again appeal to an autistics persons desire for order and routine but they also allow him to see different ideas in a familiar format.

Whilst I'm thrilled the kids can run around in the summer sun (being safely covered up of course), I'm also happy for them to lay in the shade, have some 'time out and a rest' as Anthony would say and have a little read or look through at the pictures.  It's got the added advantage of keeping their reading up to date too. If I get to join in.. then all the better!

What do books mean to your kids?

Our blog - Rocky reality: imagination and autism
Our blog - The Snare (Star Wars) kids book review

External links
NAS - Routines, obsessions and repetitive behaviours 

I'm supporting The Makaton Charity #wetalkmakaton sign of the week this summer.
Just because I love them. See this week's sign here


  1. I absolutely agree with the author. I have two years old daughter and she likes reading with me very much.

  2. I love books and I hope that my baby will love them as well. I hope he will be not spend too much time with tablets, tv etc #EatSleepBlogRT

  3. This is fab. My daughter loves her books at bedtime and we always read together. It is just some important for their development and imagination. Hope you had a great summer and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst x

  4. Brilliant when they show an interest in books isn't it.
    I have two bookworms. The boys have an array of books and we also go to the library each week, so can't get enough of them here! :)

    Thanks for being part of #MMBC. Hope to see you next week xx

  5. It sounds like you have the perfect well-balanced summer. And I love your huge box of books.

  6. I absolutely love to read and my daughter, now she can read, really loves books too! I'm so glad it's something we can share together and I really think it helps with developing imagination. #bestandworst

  7. We are huge books worms and love reading when we are relaxing :) Thanks for linking up to #EatSleepBlogRt

  8. Both of mine love books (although Pudding likes to eat hers) My son loves to act out the stories after we have read them. So important to raise children to enjoy reading :) #EatSleepBlogRT

  9. Little Button loves books. I remember hubby looking at me bewildered when I started reading to her from a couple of days old. I am so glad that it rubbed off though as it doesn't matter what the weather, you can adventure anywhere with a book. Thank you for linking up to the #DreamTeam x

  10. Yes we love our books here and are finally going from chewing to actually looking at them now which is good!
    Sometimes, even in summer, quiet time is needed!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  11. It's one of the best things to make them occupied during summer session especially that they can make use of their time to learn something new rather than always doing something that doesn't seem to help them.

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