22nd February 2010


Idioms and autism can be a frustrating mix.  All kids have hilarious interpretations of idioms, but neurotypical kids are usually able to learn or infer what the meaning is without explicit instruction.  Because Zane does not learn this way I am always looking for resources to help with issues like this that engage him.  Last week’s library trip yielded a big success and I thought I would share.  (it took about two days of “strewing it in his path” before he picked it up, but once he did, his nose was in the book for a while every day since which is ALWAYS more successful than presenting it in a “schooly” way) I even learned a few things from the book.  Zora keeps wanting me to read the pages with the spiders and bugs on them.  (and, by the way, it isn’t an easy book to “read”, it is more of a “sit down and study” type thing because there isn’t a narrative)

A few randomly chosen pages:

And the link at Amazon (there are both hard and softcover versions):  There’s a Frog in My Throat: 440 Animal Sayings a Little Bird Told Me

This entry was posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2010 at 6:17 PM and is filed under Autistic Life, Books, Homeschool, Language Development. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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  1. 1 On March 16th, 2010, monica-olive said:


    i thought of this book when i read your blog. it’s a really neat book, and humorous to read. my daughter finds it funny. spencer is 4, and he doesn’t really get it yet. thought it might be something zane would find interesting?

    oh, and i love your blog!!

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  • Zane is 21 years, 8 months, and 27 days old
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