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.
MEET THE AUTHOR
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.