How to Welcome Special Needs Children into the Community
Autism is the fastest-growing disability in the US. In 2000 the rate of autism was 1 in 150 children. In 2016, the number jumped up to 1 in 68 and some reports find the number is as high as 1 in 28 for boys! Often people with invisible disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are misjudged, and therefore, face added stigma and isolation. They need a higher level of support from peers and caregivers. Without support, the growing number of children with ASD and their families will continue to suffer social isolation and stigmas.
Christine Bronstein (a children’s author and parent of a child with special needs,) is on a mission to inform young people and their families about Autism. Whether or not your family has a child with special needs, this easy-to-read picture book promotes tolerance and diversity at a time when we need it the most. It is not only entertaining and educational for kids, it is also incredibly useful for parents. It includes parenting advice and activity ideas at the end and the story encourages young people to face challenges and overcome adversity in a positive and kid-friendly way. With Autism Spectrum Disorder on the rise, this book raises awareness of the advantages of inclusion and finding points of connection with children with ASD.
If they were represented as a group, people with disabilities would be the largest minority group in the US and they are very underrepresented in the world of publishing, says Bronstein. These are the voices I like to focus on and empower through my work as an author and as a publisher.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The Stewie BOOM! series from Nothing But The Truth Publishing makes parenting fun. Through these engaging picture books — with parent tips at the end of each book — author Christine Bronstein empowers families to tackle parenting issues with fun and ease.
The latest book in the series, Stewie BOOM! and Princess Penelope: Handprints, Snowflakes, and Playdates (released April 2018) shows readers how children and families can embrace differences and it also gives parents the tools to help facilitate successful social interactions between children with ASD and their typical playmates.
Every second, our brains work to understand the things we see, smell, hear, taste, touch, and experience. But when someone’s brain interprets these things differently, it can make it harder for them to communicate and know what others are trying to say to them. It can also make everyday sights and sounds very intense. But, just like everyone else, people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Some have incredible strengths and some have difficulty with everyday tasks.
This book helps younger audiences understand these differences and that are what help make us who we are. Filled with colorful illustrations and simple to understand language, kids will love reading about Stewie’s new friend Eric and how he really isn’t so different.
There are also some tips for families with and without ASD. As the mom of Lil Man, I love being able to share how others can help those with Autism and make them feel accepted. There is even a special friendship award your child can win at the end of the book.
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