Through an engaging and fun social story format, Lou Knows What to Do: Doctor’s Office, uses this evidenced-based therapy tool to teach social skills and eases children’s anxieties about new experiences like getting their ears checked or teeth cleaned. Lou Knows What to Do: Doctor’s Office, is designed to help children master these challenging social situations comfortably and competently. The book is written in a positive and patient voice to cater to special needs individuals, however children on all developmental levels will enjoy following Lou on his adventures.
Lou Knows What to Do: Doctor’s Office demonstrates the importance of patience in the waiting room, keeping hands safe in the exam room, and telling someone if you feel scared or frustrated. Teachers, mental health counselors and parents hail the series as “amazing,” “informative,” “entertaining” and “one of the best!”
Each book includes repeated phrases to help non-readers follow along and concludes with a tips page and comprehension questions.
MY THOUGHTS: ‘Lou Knows’ is an inventive and important series for children. I agree with the authors that the special needs/autistic reader audience is widely ignored. We need more main characters like Lou! He is the perfect character to introduce children to scenarios which may be uncomfortable. Even adults skip going to their doctors!
As a non-threatening, age-appropriate main character, Lou guides them through their visit with three different types of doctors- dentist, physician, and ophthalmologist. I can see how each one can cause any child to become frustrated and/or angry. The waiting room is probably the worst part.
Illustrator Andre Kerry is the unsung hero here. His depiction of Lou and the places he goes gives readers a feeling of really knowing Lou. He appears to be a fun-loving, inquisitive young boy. Drawing the various doctors as smiling, helpful folks is a definite plus.
I’ve recommended this series to several librarians nearby. Lou’s series should be available to all children to help them navigate their world. Excellent, well-written, and relevant, I give it a full 5 stars!
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