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My Best Friend Will

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My Best Friend Will

This stunning black-and-white photo journal chronicles the relationship between 11-year-old neurotypical Jamie and her friend Willie who has autism. The reader enters Willie's world through Jamie's eyes to witness events that unfold at school, at home, and at play. In the process, you will gain a rich understanding and appreciation of Willie's many unique qualities and come to accept that they are all a part of who he is. Foreword by Pamela J. Wolfberg, PhD.


Jamie Lowell is a fifth grader at Willow River Elementary in Hudson, Wisconsin. She enjoys being in Integrated Play Groups, swimming and playing with her friend Willie. She also likes going to movies, going to the mall and making bracelets. She has been friends with Willie since kindergarten. This is Jamie’s first book.

Tara Tuchel, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech/language pathologist and autism specialist, who teaches an elementary-level autism program in Hudson, Wisconsin.  In addition, Tara is an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she teaches an introductory course on autism. Over the past five years Tara has successfully implemented Integrated Play Groups involving more than fifty children in her school-based program.

ISBN: 9781931282758

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 03 2016
Customer Review: Greg Beeck - I am a special education teacher, and My Best Friend Will is a great story about having friends with Austism Spectrum Disorder. It can be a great tool for teaching disablity awareness in classrooms. The book also illustrates the importance of creating an inclusive atmosphere in schools starting with Integrated Play Groups. As an added plus, the pictures are amazing!
LENEXA, Kansas
June 03 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - We have 3 children ages 7,5 and 2 1/2. Our 2 1/2 year old was just diagnosed with autism and we were having a hard time explaining it to our other children, mainly our 5 year old. I had been a kindergarten teacher for 15 years and had children with special needs in my class almost every year, but when it comes to every day family, it was more difficult to explain. Many books are over his head and just too wordy. This book finally helped talk about how our son is different, but still a wonderful, loving child that we can enjoy just like every other person in the world. Well worth the money.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 03 2016
Customer Review: Joanne Dacek - This is a wonderful introduction to autism for children. I am a school pyschologist and use it in a Kindergarten-2 grade elementary school to begin a discussion about autism with the children. The black and white pictures are expressive and sweet. The text was written by a 10 year old girl about her friendship with a child who has autism. It is told in simple, informative language and is sensitively written. It is a great discussion starter and has done wonders in my school building to begin relationships between typically developing children and children on the autistic spectrum
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