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Alone in the city without Mum and Dad

On the road – finding your way around crossing and public transport

Product: Book

Trim size in cm: 29,7x21

Pages: 132 colourful pages + manual (12 pp black and white)

ISBN: 978-88-6137-473-7

Publication date: 01/09/2009


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The second book in the series «Workshops for autonomy» came about from the experience of “Educational programmes aimed at autonomy” by the Italian Association for People with Down Syndrome (AIPD) and is aimed both at adolescents with disabilities and children who for the first time go out on their own. In adolescence autonomy moves from inside to outside the house and the road takes on particular significance as a place where new skills can be tested, to grow up and be recognised as a grown-ups. By concentrating on aspects connected to the road and to travelling on foot and on public transport, the book offers suggestions and simulations on what to know and how to act when you are travelling alone. Furthermore, explanations, games and stories, written using easy-to-understand language and narrated by two guide characters Luisa and Roberto, accompany adolescents in their experience out in the city.


- Introduction
- Words of the street
- Walking to a friend’s house
- Orientate yourself
- On public transports
- Getting lost
- The other stranger
- Things you need in your pocket...



Workshops for autonomy


The series comes from the experiences of “Programmes for teaching autonomy” led by the AIPD (Italian Association for people with Down Syndrome). Each book offers materials, activities and exercises for teaching the basics of autonomy to children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities.  All the books, which are written using easy-to-understand language and are colour illustrated, come with a handy guide for educators and parents. As Anna Contardi affirms «We have been working at improving people's autonomy for 25 years. We have achieved excellent results. For example, we have managed to teach youngsters with serious intellectual disabilities, who are unable to read or write, to take public transport, handle money, take care of their personal hygiene, do housework and cook».

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