The Conversation Train: A Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum

Joel Shaul (Author)

Product Details

$27.95  $25.71
Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Publish Date
March 10, 2014
11.22 X 8.89 X 0.43 inches | 1.17 pounds
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About the Author

Joel Shaul is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specialises in ASDs. Through his organisation, Autism Teaching Strategies, he provides workshops on social skills teaching and mental health treatment methods. He is also co-creator of Ryuu social skills products. He provides clinical and consultation services at The Watson Institute of Sewickley, PA. Joel's website can be found at


This is a really clever and helpful book aimed at giving autistic children a better understanding of how everyday conversations work, using the analogy of a steam train... using illustrations of the freight wagons, the author shows how important turn-taking is in conversation... It's very appealingly done, and there are photocopiable worksheets at the back for reinforcement and assessment. This is a very high-quality resource, confidently recommended.--ACHUKA Reviews
The Conversation Train: A Visual Approach to Conversation for Children on the Autism Spectrum is a unique, one of a kind book that cleverly uses a train analogy for teaching conversation... at the end of the book there is a section of worksheets for the child to complete that can be copies... I would love to see this book in every library and elementary school class room because so many now do include children with autism.--Horizons - Autism Society of Michigan Quarterly Newsletter
I really enjoyed how the book breaks down each element of a conversation, has several examples and then has visuals to help support the child's own conversations. I can see how practical a book like this would be for a verbal child who is struggling with how to enter, maintain and end a conversation.--eyes on autism (Australia)
This author, an American Clinical Social Worker who specializes in Autistic Spectrum Disorder, uses the metaphor of a train to help children who find conversation difficult to gain control over the conventions... This is an interesting, imaginative and well illustrated guide for anyone seeking to help a young person with ASD to feel more confident when sharing a conversation.--The School Librarian (SL)
Using a steam freight train as a metaphor, this picture book is aimed at helping children on the autistic spectrum learn conversational skills... The book is a simple concept in simple sentences that will be reasonably easily grasped b y children who find holding conversations difficult, and the pictures of the train will hold interest. This is a marvelous tool in the autistic spectrum world, and will provide fun as well as learning.--Healthy Books blog