There was a new kid at Joshua’s school… and he was a little different.
But was he really?
This Draw Your Own Story Book shows us how children with autism can teach us how to look at the world differently.
The New Kid is the perfect social story for the home or Early Years classroom. It aims to engage children’s emotions, nurture their social skills and promote empathy for diversity. The book allows children to increase their understanding of autism by giving them the chance to illustrate the story.
Targeted Age Group:: 6 – 12
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Since my children started school, they were exposed to a more diverse setting and kept coming home with questions about their fellow classmates. During this time, our long-time family friend’s child was also diagnosed with autism. As they all grew up together, they became fluent in the ways of Autism, ADHD and other childhood disorders. What I remember most is the way they spoke to each other, the questions they had and the way that they worked their heads around why their friend did what they did or said what they said. It was then that the idea to put together a story that not only used language that they understood but made them think about what might be going through the other child’s head.
The next day at school, Josh went up to Toby and his teacher.
"Hi there, I'm Lucy" said Toby's aide, "This is Toby." Toby looked at Josh and then looked away.
"How come your Toby's teacher when we already have a teacher?" Josh asked.
"I'm Toby's aide, I help Toby with his day to day activities, his schoolwork and his emotions."
Josh screwed up his face, "His emotions?"
Lucy smiled, "Yes, Toby has autism. Do you know what that is?" Josh shook his head.
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Cassandra is a mother of two children and two cats, living in Melbourne, Australia. She has been working with children for the last 8 years and working with children with disabilities for 3 years. Her hobbies include reading, plants, crystals, creating and learning new things.