Waiting for Benjamin: A Story about Autism

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Albert Whitman and Company, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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Alexander's little brother, Benjamin, doesn't do things the way Alexander thinks he should. He would rather stare at the wall than play with Alexander. And instead of talking, he just wiggles his fingers and rocks. Alexander knows it's wrong, but he can't help but feel embarrassed when one of his friends calls Benjamin a wacko. When Benjamin's family learns that he has autism, they hire special teachers to teach him how to listen and talk and play. Alexander is glad he just wants Benjamin to grow up faster. While Benjamin works with his teachers, Alexander works through his feelings of disappointment and jealousy. As time passes and each boy grows, Alexander discovers that Benjamin isn't just his brother he is also his friend. Alexandra Jessup Altman is a Senior Interventionist at the Autism Spectrum Program at the HowardCenter for Human Services and lives in Vermont. Through her work, she knows that it is not easy for siblings of children with disabilities. An author's note

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This book has definitely made my list of top books, I really enjoyed it. The main message of this story is to inform people about autism and to accept people with disabilities. I enjoyed this book for ... Read full review

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User Review  - lhanso1 - LibraryThing

In my opinion this is a wonderful book for children because it explains autism in a way in which they can understand. The main character's brother has autism and he does not, but both characters are ... Read full review

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Alexandra Jessup Altman is a published author of children's books. A published credit of Alexandra Jessup Altman is Waiting For Benjamin: A Story about Autism.

Susan Keeter is a published illustrator of children's books. A published credit of Susan Keeter's is Waiting for Benjamin.

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