Testimonials from Charities, Parents, Teachers, Social Workers, Psychologists and Kids on Special Stories Books:      
  • "It's great to have a positive book for kids about speech therapy as it is and will continue to be a big part of their lives. As most kids having speech therapy are too young to see the long term benefits, this simple book shows them how great it was for Lizzy..." Ruth O'Leary, The Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists book review First Place.
  • “This book is a great way to start talking to a young child about adoption and how they feel about it. I was reading this book to my son who is 3. He asked me to read it to him 5 times in a row! He seemed to love the illustrations and the story..” Olivia O’Reilly, International Adoption Association Book Review Joe's Special Story.
  • "I used to think that some kids would stand on their own in the playground because they 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"  Review from an 8 year old Boy on Autism book A Friend like Simon.
  • “This set of books was a much needed addition to my class library and a wonderful way to introduce the children to a range of disabilities and special education needs.” Teacher, primary school Dundalk Co. Louth, Ireland on Special Stories Series 2
  • “These books have picked up on a very big gap in the whole area of direct work with children. When we as social workers go to work with children we are obliged to use materials usually from the U.K. simply because there is no Irish material available. The books are a delight to read; they're colourful, clear and concise and convey difficult themes in a very child-centred manner…” Bronagh McKenna, child protection & foster care Social Worker H.S.E. Ireland.
  • Tom’s Special Talent will help younger children to understand dyslexia.  It balances the reading and writing difficulties caused by dyslexia with recognition of the many other strengths and talents which people with dyslexia have.  Quote from Rosie Bissett, Dyslexia Association:
  • I wish this book had been around 25 years ago when my son was first diagnosed and struggling to understand what dyslexia was. Comment from a parent who has an adult son with dyslexia:
  • My daughter thinks that Tom's story is very good because it explains that they don't have to be good at everything in School. She said she identified liking the art and music and other things but didn't like the part of the day that had reading and writing. She loved the illustrations in the book too. She also thought that this would be a good book to give to teachers to read out to the class to explain what it was like for her to be a child with dyslexia.  As for me I thought it was well written, beautifully executed illustrations and also at a level for most children my daughter’s age to understand.  I felt also that it is a book that should be in every school to help explain to children that everyone is different and that with help they can achieve whatever they wanted from life. Comment from a parent who read Tom's Special Talent with her 8 year old daughter:
  • 7-9 year olds enjoyed the book. They felt it was very good at explaining how they felt about reading out loud.  It made school feel like a positive place. Overall, they were very impressed and loved it. Comment from Maria, a teacher, who read the book with some young children:

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