The Kaleidoscope Kid
Focusing on the Strengths of Children With Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism
This illustrated children's book reminds children with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism of their many special gifts and intellectual strengths. Their creative outlooks are truly as variable and colorful as the view through a kaleidoscope as evidenced in the charming and quirky situations in this book. Throughout, the emphasis is that children with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism can proudly acknowledge that they are excellent, special and one-of-a-kind individuals. They are usually truthful, helpful and dependable. Illustrated by Vivian Strand.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Elaine Marie Larson is a former preschool, elementary, and adult English-as-Second Language teacher. She wrote The Kaleidoscope Kid to help her grandson Sam, who has Asperger Syndrome, grow in self-awareness of his many capabilities. Elaine hopes the book will help readers of all ages realize that people with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism have numerous positive attributes and are similar to their peers in many ways. As such, this is a companion to her book I Am Utterly Unique, an ABC book that reminds young readers of the wonderful characteristics demonstrated by many with autism spectrum disorders.