My heart’s beating a little faster because we’re celebrating our love for those on the autism spectrum. Every day, for the next 14 days, I’m going to feature one of our favorite authors, apps, and organizations as a countdown to a huge giveaway of their products. (Now I can feel your heart beating faster too!) Have fun learning about them …and don’t forget to enter the giveaway. (Entry form at the end of this post. Lots of ways to earn extra entries too.)
I consider myself primarily a creative person. I’m an editor, writer, and museum professional. Before I got my MA in Publishing, I used to freelance translating, editing and creating content for the bilingual K-12 textbook market in the US. Before that, I was a Curator of Educational Exhibitions at a Fine Arts Museum and did research on interactivity and promoting engagement in learning environments and media. I also have post-graduate studies in Art Education and Museums. Before that stage, I was an arts journalist. I’ve even taught English for a year while living in Spain. I’m currently a mom of an 8 year-old boy, who used to be a lot like Axel (he still loves Chain Reactions and Rube Goldberg machines though).
The reason I decided to create this book app was the difficulty of getting a print publishing house interested in books that aren’t mainstream topics (nowadays that means vampires, zombies and science fiction/paranormal genres). You need to go through an agent, and it’s really hard to get an agent to pay attention to your query—much less decide to represent you—and then finally get a book contract. I naively thought it would help me get their attention if they saw the quality of the book and the feedback from readers and reviewers. The story itself stems from my experiences, both as a mother and as a professional, and it’s a mix of a several ideas I wanted to convey to my own child, to other children around the world, and their teachers. Also, it seemed like this new medium of touch screens combined the skills I already had. I thought book apps were virgin territory back in 2011 when I started out. It looked like a good idea to embark on.
I truly believe early intervention works, especially when it comes to kids on the highly functional end of the spectrum, or Asperger’s. I believe it’s a pity that school and health systems need a tag in order to help a child out. It would be much better if instead of emphasis on shortcomings, teachers and school systems could actually emphasize children’s strengths. That sort of acceptance and talent promotions is what this story is about. Hopefully teachers and classmates will open up their hearts and minds to special kids with special talents.
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Our premium sponsor is Sensory Goods, a family-owned company founded to meet the needs of people affected by developmental disorders. They are graciously donating a Custom Weighted Blanket as our grand prize! The winner will have the opportunity to pick the weighted blanket that will best fit his/her family’s needs. Their profile will appear on Day 14. (Includes shipping to US. Value up to $205.99)
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