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It's Raining Cats and Dogs

It's Raining Cats and Dogs

An Autism Spectrum Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions

Michael Barton
Foreword by Delia Barton

Hardback: £9.99 / $15.95

2011, 160mm x 180mm / 6.25in x 7in, 96pp
ISBN: 978-1-84905-283-2, BIC 2: JNSG2 VFJD

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The English language can be extremely confusing and illogical, especially for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who interpret meaning in a very literal way. Why should an announcement that cats and dogs are falling from the sky indicate heavy rain? And what have chickens got to do with being a coward?

It's Raining Cats and Dogs is a witty and stylish insight into the mind of someone with an ASD. It beautifully illustrates why people with ASDs have problems understanding common phrases and idioms that others accept unquestioningly as part of everyday speech. The quirky drawings will entertain and inspire those on the spectrum, giving them the confidence to recognise figures of speech, feel less alienated and even use idioms themselves.

The drawings will form instantly memorable references for those with ASDs to recall whenever they need to and will be helpful for anyone curious to understand the ASD way of thinking. They will enable people on the spectrum and their friends, families, teachers and colleagues to better understand and communicate with each other.

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World Autism Awareness Day 2014

2 April 2014

Happy World Autism Awareness Day! We’re offering a 15% off discount on all our autism titles for one day only. Order by the end of the day on April 2nd 2014. UK, Europe and USA use code “150000″ at Australia and New Zealand code “WAD14″ from Footprint Books here. Canada please use the...

Insightful and Entertaining: Michael Barton at The Autism Show

21 June 2013

Michael Barton author of It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, An Autism Guide to the Confusing World of Idioms, Metaphors and Everyday Expressions gave an insightful talk at The Autism Show in London on 14th June 2013. Michael’s talk ‘How to maximise autistic strengths and minimise weaknesses – straight from the horse’s mouth,’ aimed to show...

Michael Barton on the Importance of World Autism Awareness Day

27 March 2013

This is an important day in the calendar for autistic people.  If only ordinary people (or neurotypicals as people with autism like to call non autistics) were more aware of autism and understood more about the condition, the problems we encounter on a daily basis would be greatly alleviated.  Awareness and understanding are the key...

Tips for surviving school for young people on the Autism Spectrum – by Michael Barton

13 April 2012

Michael Barton is a student with high functioning autism. In this 60 second (short) interview, he gives his top tips for surviving school and shares some artwork from his new book, It’s Raining Cats and Dogs, and his hopes for the Autism community. Can you share some of the challenges you, as an individual on...

An Interview with Michael Barton, creator of a new illustrated guide to the confusing world of idioms and metaphors

14 November 2011

"I never actually drew the pictures to be entertaining! I did the drawings because that’s what I thought when I heard the expression... However I soon realised that people found my drawings amusing because they then realised how little sense the English language makes!"

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