I’m excited to check out this book about autism and friendship – Friendship is a Universal Language.
This book is designed to demonstrate that a typical child’s understanding of friendship is the same as that of a child with autism. A single snapshot of a child is not indicative of whether or not he/she can form deep and meaningful friendships.
Every child shows care for one another in different ways. Just because a child with autism may not display what we perceive or interpret as a deep connection, does not mean that the connections aren’t meaningful to them.
We hope that this book will teach both adults and children to socially accept one another despite their color, gender, age, or diagnosis. Social acceptance is key to creating a safe and discrimination-free environment.
The book is about friendship, from the perspective of kids on the spectrum as well as neuro-typical kids. The pictures and writings in the book aren’t separated, so you can’t tell which kids authored which pieces – the point being that kids with autism want and value friendship just like everyone else.