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The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo

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The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo

What a fun way to teach Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger Syndrome through the eyes of animals - all different in their sizes, origins, color and demeanors.

The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo, is an illustrated, rhyming children’s book that connects the characteristics of various zoo animals to the major social skills characteristics of children with autism spectrum disorder. The book demonstrates how some animals exhibit specific characteristics, eccentric behaviors and special needs. The book capitalizes on their strengths. The goal of this book is for children to recognize their characteristics and learn how to capitalize on them or adapt for greater success in the social realm.

Told through rhyme, this children’s picture book demonstrates how those with ASD and the neurotypical animals exhibit their specific characteristics, eccentric behaviors and special needs. This resource can be used with children and their peers to talk openly about diagnosis, challenges and differences, read by them or with an adult. Professionals can also use the resource in schools or clinics.



Josie Santomauro lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she is a full-time writer. Her son, Damian, was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome at the age of five; he is now a PhD candidate and researcher in the field of autism. Josie is published in over 25 resources on ASD (one in Italian), including Friendly Facts, Asperger Download, and Space Travelers. Josie has also written over a dozen fiction books for children and young adults under the name Josie Montano. She regularly presents seminars and workshops on ASD, and in 2009 was awarded the Parent/Carer Award Autism Queensland Australia in recognition of her outstanding achievements. In 2013 she received a certificate of recognition as a community mentor from the Naturally Autistic People Awards, BC, Canada. Josie offers consultations with parents, educators, and caregivers. She also volunteers as a peer supporter to fellow members of her state emergency services.  

ISBN: 9781937473983

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LENEXA, Kansas
April 10 2015
The ASD Zoo of Kalamazoo is a great resource for initiating a discussion about autism spectrum disorders with children. Featuring zoo animals displaying autistic traits, the book engages the interest of children and explains autism in a way that they can relate to. Teachers can use the book in a classroom setting to talk about autism with a ‘mixed’ class or one-on-one with students on the autism spectrum. The book is fun, inclusive, and affirming. The Teaching/Learning Activities section provides engaging learning activities. I wish this book had been around when I was little!
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