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In His Shoes
A Short Journey Through Autism

Joanna Keating-Velasco follows her successful book "A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend," in which "tweens" learn basic information about autism, with "In His Shoes," where readers meet Nicholas, a 13-year-old boy who has severe autism. As readers join Nick during his transition from elementary to middle school, they share his challenges and celebrate his successes both at home and at school. The book lends itself well to youth-friendly discussions for students ages 11-15, helped by a series of "Points to Ponder" at the end of each chapter. It is a valuable tool for classrooms, community groups and families to promote discussions about life on the autism spectrum.


Joanna Keating-Velasco graduated as a President Scholar from California State University, Fullerton, with a degree in business administration, but her heart destined her for the classroom. Since 2000, she has been working with students with various challenges as an instructional aide, independence facilitator and job coach. But it was the students with severe autism who touched her heart.. Being able to spend quality one-on-one time with these individuals has helped her look deeper into their eyes and see their unique personalities, qualities and talents. Keating-Velasco lives in Orange County, California, with her husband and middle-school-aged daughter. She spends a lot of her free time reading as much as she can about autism and also doing community autism awareness presentations. Joanna is also the author of A Is for Autism, F Is for Friend published by AAPC in 2007. 

ISBN: 9781934575260

Reviews (2)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Judith Mammay - Entering junior high school can be stressful and daunting for any kid, but for Nick Hansen, who is non-verbal because of his autism, it would be doubly hard. Joanna Keating-Velasco, author of In His Shoes, takes us through that year of transition with Nick, sharing his experiences, feelings, and reactions to a variety of scenarios encountered by the typical seventh grader, including Nick's first dance, track practice, and changing for gym in the locker room with the other boys in his gym class. Throughout the story, written as a resource for middle school students, Joanna Keating-Velasco provides strategies that help students with autism cope, as well as ways their peers and others who work with them can help. Even as a teacher who worked with students with autism and a grandmother of a boy with autism, I learned several new strategies, such as the use of sun glasses to help with light sensitivity and visual over-stimulation. Teachers and others working with junior high or middle school students will find In His Shoes a great resource for the classroom, not only for the story, but also for the thought-provoking discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Joanne Keating-Velasco has provided a wonderful service in writing Nick's story. It can't help but promote better understanding of autism and empathy for those who live with it every day.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 02 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - As the mother of my own Nicholas, who is high functioning Autism, I found this book to not only to be educational, but to also be very interesting. I could picture my son in similar situations, and trying to overcome his difficulties. I love how Joanna put the words behind his confusion explaining why things don't make sense when we talk using IDIOMS, instead of just saying what we mean. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an Autistic child in their lives. Thank you Joanna for giving our kids a voice others may understand!
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