A story told from the point of view of a child wanting to know more about how dyspraxia and SPD affects her sister
A story told from the point of view of a child wanting to know more about how Dyspraxia and SPD affects her sister. Whilst the text is suitable for a confident reader aged 7-9, the intention of this book is for an adult to share with a child in the family, a group of children at school, or even an entire class if appropriate, to help other children better understand what it is like for one of their peers to live with Dyspraxia and/or Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD).
Published Jan 2017
Around 45 black and white illustrations
Aimed at 7-9 year olds
Years 3 to 4 in Key Stage 2 in the UK
Grades 2 to 3 in the US
Emily’s sister is different from other children she knows. She seems to struggle with things most of us just do naturally.
In this delightfully illustrated story, based upon real family experiences, Emily discovers how to understand and help her sister live a happier life.
This story, written by the parent of a child with Dyspraxia and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), paves the way for parents, teachers and medical professionals to discuss these specific learning difficulties with children (aged around 7-9).
Unlike most other books on the subject, this book has been written from a child's perspective: enabling young people to ask questions of the story in a non-threatening way and encouraging them to discover how it relates to them.
Michele Gianetti is a registered nurse, who previously worked as a school nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom and eventually an advocate for her second child, who has special needs. She and her husband, an Internal Medicine physician, make their home in Ohio. They are also parents to their older daughter Emily and son Michael.
Seeing the love between her children, through it all, was the motivation for Michele writing this children’s book. The hope is that by helping siblings understand their special brother or sister, it will help draw them closer as friends.
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