This is a special education childrens picture books that introduces autism. When an autistic child joins a mainstream school, many children can find it difficult to understand and cope with a student that is somewhat ‘different’ to them. This story encourages other children to be mindful and patient of the differences that exist and to also appreciate the positive contribution that an autistic child can make to the group. See more information below.


Irish publishing house Special Stories Publishing in conjunction with Irish Autism Action has released an exciting and unique new children’s book focusing on young children with Autism/ASD.  The book is beautifully illustrated by Irish artist Caitriona Sweeney and is designed to introduce all children, especially those in mainstream school, to a child with ASD.  The story begins with Matthew greeting his new classmate Simon on his first day at a new school. When Mathew realises Simon is a little different to his other friends, he’s just not sure if he wants to have ‘a friend like Simon’. However, a school trip to the funfair soon helps to change his mind!  This new book will be a very welcome resource for Irish parents and teachers alike as an introduction to Autism/ASD for other young children.

Autism is a condition that affects the normal development of the brain in areas of social interaction and communication. The first signs of autism usually appear as developmental delays before the age of 3. Autism is described as a ‘spectrum’ disorder. This means that the symptoms and characteristics of autism can present themselves in a wide variety of combinations and can range from mild to severe. - Autism Action - Austism and Asperger association - Natioanl Autistic Society - Rain Child Network

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Book reviews

  1. admin says:
    Posted August 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Our Young Reviewer said
    “I used to think that some kids would stand on their own in the playground, because the wanted to be left alone. After I read this story I decided I was going to try and make friends with those kids, and help them to fit in better” From an 8 year old Boy.

    A Parent
    We have been giving copies to friends and family to let their children understand why my own little boy may not appear to play so readily with them. Their parents love it as it makes their job a lot easier. The pitch is perfect, as with all your books, it gives just enough information for little minds to process and they can then ask questions if they need to. Reviewer
    This book has a lovely way of introducing children to ASD and the various situations that children with ASD might find difficult. The illustrations are really captivating and the book would be a lovely way to introduce kids in a classroom about children who are different.

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