Playing by the Rules: A Story about Autism



Playing By The Rules, written by Dena Fox Luchsinger is a story about Autism is a picture book that introduces young readers ages 4-8 to dealing with autistic peers.

When a long-distance relative comes for a visit, Jody and her brother Josh, who has autism, find themselves teaching Great Aunt Tilda the rules of the games they like to play. Josh loves Animal Sounds Bingo, but not with new people. Jody's delighted to have an adult to herself and gets out a game of her own, but Josh keeps interrupting. Will Jody never win?

As the story progresses, Josh slowly warms up to Aunt Tilda as Jody helps her to understand her brother. But, as with many board games, the rules of autism are complicated. Still, through Jody's humor, complaints, exuberance, and wisdom, Playing by the Rules shows how siblings of children with autism bridge the gap of understanding between their brothers or sisters and other people.
With colorful, cartoon-like illustrations, Playing by the Rules is a funny, realistic story of having to tolerate interruptions and less attention because of a sibling's special needs. But as with all siblings, Josh and Jody's relationship is also positive and loving--most of the time!

* My Thoughts

I recently read a letter from Courtney, age 10 who is Meghan's sister. I wanted to share it with you because it deeply touched my heart from a child's perspective that speaks of this message in Playing by the Rules.


"Dear World,
One day in February a little miracle was born. Her name was Meghan, she is a little warrior, nothing can slow her down not even her medical issues. She can handle anything. She is the strongest little girl ever. I wish that I was just as strong as her. I love her more than anything in the world. She is the best thing that happened to this family.
If you took one glance at her you wouldn't be able to tell that she has medical issues. She has eyes that sparkle next to the sun. A smile more powerful than a bullet and hair  that anyone would kill for. She is an angel from up above. Even if she didn't look like an angel she would still be one because her personality is amazing.  Just because  she can't talk or walk doesn't mean that they should be treated differently. I hope you have learned something from this letter. If not please try and think about what I said..." Courtney, age 10, Meghan's sister


Accepting one another's differences is a great message!


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