Catherine Pascuas is the producer and host of The Autism Show Podcast. She’s been running weekly interviews with autistic individuals and professionals who help those with autism for over a year on AutismShow.org. She’s collaborating with some of her favorite guests on a new book, The Autism Activities Handbook she hopes to fund through a Kickstarter campaign.
Editor’s note: The campaign ends in just a few days so take a look and consider making a contribution.
Tell us about your book.
The Autism Activities Handbook is filled with easy and practical games and activities that will help kids on the spectrum develop communication, social, and life skills.
Each activity will be outlined in a simple to read format perfect for busy parents and educators along with fun illustrations by a talented autistic man.
We have contributions in the book from a few of The Autism Show Podcast guests and educators.
I was inspired by my own experience working with kids on the spectrum as a college student. In those days, we didn’t have a lot of time with professional training and a lot of the times we ran out of ideas on how to interact with kids with fun games and activities.
I also work with several parents who want to be more involved with their kids education and goals. This book will leave out a lot of jargon so that everyday parents can feel empowered to help their kids learn and grow.
Who’s your illustrator and why was he/she perfect for capturing the spirit of your book?
Our illustrator is the amazing Robert Bull. He is a 29 year old autistic man with a talent for drawing. He has just published the illustrations from his first book, Animal Appetites with his sister as the author.
I first found out about Robert and his book illustrations through the Kickstarter platform and I knew I had to reach out to him and ask him if he could make the illustrations for The Autism Activities Handbook as well. He agreed!
Who is the ideal reader and how do you see the book being used?
This book is great for parents who want to be more involved with their kids education and goals. This book will leave out a lot of jargon so that everyday parents can feel empowered to help their kids learn and grow.
It’s also great for educators and babysitters who may need a few extra ideas on how to interact with kids in a positive and educational manner.
What’s the message you want your readers to take away after reading the book?
You can feel empowered to take your child’s education into your own hands. You don’t need to feel bad about not being able to afford expensive therapies or programs – actively involved parents who make an effort help a child in a big way!
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your book?
We really need your help to bring this book to life. We’ve set up a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the production, publishing, and illustrations in the book.
Make a pledge to our Kickstarter campaign and you can get the print book delivered to your door or a great campaign T-shirt by Paper Clouds Apparel (they employ superstars with special needs to make their shirts!)
Here’s the Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/1JW0474
We can’t do this without your help!
If our readers leave with only one message after reading this interview, what would you like it to be?
You know your child the best and the happiest kids have actively involved parents so be sure to constantly educate yourselves about autism and learn fun ways to interact with your kids. Don’t give up! It’s all worth it.
It’s important to look for ways to include people on the autism spectrum or who may have other special needs in our community. They have so many talents to share – sometimes they may just need some help to make their talents shine through. That’s why we chose to get illustrations from an autistic artist.