by Paula Kluth
Using case stories and recommendations based on the authors' research,
this book helps teachers to think differently about the so-called
""unusual, repetitive, or severely limited activities and interests""
(Autism Fact Sheet, 2007) of children with autism.Many individuals with
autism have deep interest in one or a variety of topics.
are commonly seen across individuals with autism, others seem more
unique to an individual person. While conducting their research in
schools, the authors observed that plans and goals for students with
autism are developed for the purpose of 'extinguishing' or severely
limiting these areas of interest.
From their observations, the authors
concluded that if educators could reframe 'obsessions' as fascinations,
passions, interests, or 'enthusiasms' and see these areas as potential
tools for teaching and supporting, educators and their students with
autism may potentially be more satisfied, calm, and successful. ""Just
Give Him the Whale!"" was written to help teachers and others working
with children with autism understand and work with children's
fascinations instead of trying to change them.