Patsy McCarthy, Adjunct Professor, Speech Communication, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane
“This book is a sign of emotional intelligence at its best. It is a wonderfully inspiring piece of writing and should be at the fingertips of parents everywhere who want to think clearly and communicate lovingly with their children. Heather Jones has displayed all of the insights of on outstanding communicator in approaching the problem of connecting with, and developing the communication skills of, her son. She has then managed to translate these insights into clear and simple steps for all to follow.”
Sarah Frost (M.Ed; Ba hons) Educational Consultant
With the benefit of hindsight and personal experience, Heather Jones has provided a powerful insight into the complexities of raising a child with Asperger Syndrome and significant speech language impairment. This enlightening account of Jamie's journey from angry, frustrated child to communicative young adult should not be missed.
Anne M. Donnellan, PhD, Professor, University of San Diego, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“Heather Jones has given us an easy-to-read book on an important and complex topic—conversation. She brings a wealth of experience and understanding of her son who, like many others, lacks the skills (though not the interest) to talk with us. Lots of tips for parents here. We need more books from those who live with those coping with autism.”
Lorretta Perry, grandmother of Yvander, a 17-year old with ADHD and autism
This should be read by parents of all children, not just those with autism.
Red Reading Hub blog by Jill Bennett
... those who have Asperger syndrome. They need help to learn the art of conversation and how this might be done is what the author of this book demonstrates. Jessica Jones writes from a wealth of practical experience: she has a son, now a young adult, who has Asperger syndrome and language impairment... She stresses the importance of asking open questions to develop meaningful conversations and reminds readers that the skill of conversational turn taking has to be taught to aspies, again providing personal examples... There are useful chapters on making friends, coping with social situations such as parties and youth groups and how to cope with authority figures... All in all, a very helpful, empowering and affirming book for parents and others working with children who need help in communicating.
Liz Knowles, AfasicAfasic News
Talk to Me provides an array of strategies which aim to provide confidence in children whose conversational skills are limited. The chapters are short, easy to read and cover a variety of topics... A must read for parents.