Point To Happy : Conceived of, written, and designed for children on the autism spectrum, Point to Happy combines a picture book and a pointer to create a breakthrough in reaching children who communicate best through pictures. Ingenious in its simplicity, it was created by a grandmother, Miriam Smith, and mother, Afton Fraser, for Ms Fraser's son, a young boy on the autism spectrum. Point to happy. Point to sad. Point to hug. Give me a hug. The parent reads, the child points. It turns reading into a joyful, shared experience. Dozens of friendly photographs are compelling to look at and easy to understand. The text is clear and direct. By pointing to the pictures in the book - moods, activities, everyday objects, the rituals of going to bed and getting ready in the morning - children will learn to convey their wants and needs, their experiences and, most importantly, their feelings. The simple device of the pointer, with its soft, molded hand on a wand - safety-tested and 100 percent nontoxic and PVC-and phthalate-free - begs to be held and used. And using it - the motor task of holding and pointing, again and again - is an effective tool to help a child focus.
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