What Did You Say? What Do You Mean?: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding Metaphors

What Did you Say? What Did You Mean? Is an illustrated guide to understanding metaphors. Children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) as well as children with higher level language difficulties often struggle to understand figurative language because they use and comprehend language literally and expect words to mean exactly what they say. This can often lead to misunderstandings at home and in the classroom, school yard and more.

Jude Welton looks at a hundred of the most common figures of speech in this visual workbook designed as a springboard for family and classroom / therapy session discussions.

Each figure of speech is accompanied by an illustration showing its literal meaning, which will help children with difficulties understanding these ideas to recognise and learn to enjoy metaphors and figurative language. The book can be used by parents one-to-one with their child with ASD. Teachers and therapists can also use the book as the basis for classroom / session work on figurative language.

Authors: Jude Welton, Jane Telford, Elizabeth Newson


128 pages

Looking for another way to teach kids about metaphors? Check out our What did you say? What did you mean? Cards here.