COLOUR CODING FOR LEARNERS WITH AUTISM
A Resource Book for Creating Meaning through Colour at Home and School
By Adele Devine
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
RRP AU$53.95 print – Footprint Books
Review by Barb Cook – Editor-in-Chief – Spectrum Women Magazine
Colour Coding for Learners with Autism is a fun and motivational learning tool for children on the autism spectrum. Often visual learners, children on the spectrum will find this book engaging whilst giving them a secure learning environment.
The author’s extensive background as a special needs teacher working with children with autism, has allowed her to develop this effective colour coded learning technique. Teaching children with already learned skills to categorise using colour, is an effective way to instill order and structure into their everyday lives, reducing anxieties and frustrations.
The use of Visual Timetables, Time Trackers and Coded Symbols, all come together in creating a well-structured ground framework for the child. The applications of using colour can progress into being applied as a tool in assessing the child’s own sensory needs, enabling them to describe their current surroundings in the terms of noise, lighting, behaviour etc.
With a resource packed CD to accompany the book, the author has created a well-rounded, practical and stress reducing learning environment for both at home and in the classroom.