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The Kaleidoscope Kid
Focusing on the Strengths of Children With Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism

This illustrated children's book reminds children with high-functioning autism of their many special gifts and intellectual strengths. In fact, their creative outlooks are truly as 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 high-functioning autism can proudly acknowledge that they are excellent, special and one-of-a-kind individuals --  truthful, helpful, intelligent, and dependable. Illustrated by Vivian Strand.


Elaine Marie Larson is a former preschool, elementary, and adult English-as-a-Second-Language teacher. Her four grandchildren are often the inspiration for her stories and poems. In particular, she has written several books to help one of her grandsons, who has Asperger Syndrome, grow in self-awareness of his many capabilities. Elaine's stories have been included in two anthologies, Christmas Programs for Children and Rainy Day, Sunny Day Activity Book. She has also sold poetry and essays to The Saturday Evening Post, Birds and Bloom, and a variety of other adult and children's magazines, including Highlights for Children. In addition to authoring The Chameleon Kid: Controlling Meltdown Before He Controls You, she has written The Kaleidoscope Kid: Focusing on the Strengths of Children With Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. A lifelong resident of Minnesota, Elaine lives with her husband in the Minneapolis area.

ISBN: 9781931282413

Reviews (2)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - The Kaleidoscope Kid: Focusing on the Strengths of Children with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism is a unique children's picture book celebrating the gifts possessed by individuals with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism. Written by English-as-Second Language teacher Elaine Marie Larson to help her grandson San, who has Asperger Syndrome, The Kaleidoscope Kid reminds young readers of the positive qualities held by those with autism spectrum disorders. "I Have a Keen Mind // Just Ask Me // Did you know / There are lizards that fly, / And snakes, fish and frogs / That soar through the sky? / It's an amazing thing / How some creatures / Can fly without wings. / How can it be? / Just ask me." Some of the rhyming verses have unusual features, such as being written backwards (a mirror helps to read them) or in the form of a Japanese haiku. The brilliant, solid color mosaic illustrations complement this uplifting picture book, highly recommended for read-aloud sharing with autism spectrum children
LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: Joanna Keating Velasco - The lovely and creative cover really captured my attention and I had to read this valuable book. It celebrates the uniqueness and gifts that those with autism offer to us all. I thoroughly enjoyed the illustrations on each page...a work of colorful art. Plus the creative poems are sure to capture the attention of the young and young at heart. It would make a terrific birthday or holiday gift. It's a complete package of fun!
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