Sundays With Matthew
A Young Boy With Autism and an Artist Share Their Sketchbooks
In this positive and inspirational example of a very special relationship between two people, two artists share a passion for art and life. This unique and engagingly illustrated children's book is based on the author's experience working with a fifth grader with autism, helping him to recognize his own and others' emotions and, in general, interact with people. This book demonstrates that using a special interest and talent is a proven way to help a child reach his full potential.
MEET THE AUTHORS
is an 18-year-old with autism who likes to express himself through his artwork. Some of his favorite subjects to illustrate are monsters and sea creatures. Matthew is also a photographer. In addition, he likes chess, swimming, video games, watching movies, and hanging out with his family, who lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.
met Matthew Lancelle, a then middle-school student, in 2001 through Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP). A few years later when funding was cut, Jeanette became a volunteer and continued to visit Matthew every Sunday for art therapy. When asked about her approach, Jeanette says, "Basically I try to encourage recycling positive thoughts. Many of our drawings come from real life, where we try to take a negative situation and put a positive spin on it for next time." Jeanette has earned her B.F.A., has owned her own photography business, and is also a writer, Reiki master, and musician. She lives with her husband in Shorewood, Wisconsin.