Author Showcase: I Love to Pretend! by Ellen Viola Thalhamer III MS ED., B.C.S.E.
By Ellen Viola Thalhamer III MS ED., B.C.S.E., for The Children’s Book Review
Published: November 11, 2010
“I’m a Daddy” and “Let’s Play Doctor” are social story books that were created in order to teach children with autism how to pretend play. For children who are learning to pretend play and socially interact with their peers, these books will be helpful in guiding them through the motions of pretending to be a daddy or a doctor. For those parents who focus on generalization, and receptive and expressive language, real life pictures associated with the stories have been added to the back of the books.
About the Author: Ellen Viola Thalhamer III MS ED., B.C.S.E., is a teacher of Special Education, who specializes in teaching children on the autism spectrum. Over the years, she has learned how important social stories are for children with autism. She is hoping her book, which has been created much like a social story, will be a valuable resource for both parents and teachers.