Today’s 2nd interview. My inspiring story. Enjoyed this too 💖📚📚

My son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. Back then I remember searching the bookshelves for happy, bright and colourful books on autism for children, I found nothing. The sales assistant said that they didn’t stock that sort of book.. but I could see she wasn’t aware of what I specifically needed, or possibly even why. Whilst up against many challenges of awareness along the way, my son began asking questions about his diagnosis in more detail. He was always aware of his diagnosis but as he grew older he of course wanted to know more. Having worked in a SEN school and previously I worked with adults with different learning abilities, I wrote, ‘My Awesome Autism.’ He laughed at my stick men and corrected my grammar! It can be daunting delivering all this information to your child and for them to relate to it personally too is a big ask. This is another reason why the book is not overwhelming in a wordy kind of way, with busy images too. It was such a success, my son felt relief, happiness and so proud too. We decided to help other children and their parents too. So I started social media platforms such as, ‘The Eddie Series Books’ on Facebook and over time the book has reached so many! I self published whilst hoping to find a publisher and we were luckily successful on this. So there you are, how I became an author and how I fell into the best job for me personally! Communicating with families and professionals globally has been and is incredible. I am extremely passionate about supporting those on the autistic spectrum!

Awesome Autism’- because my son is awesome and so is everything that is a part of him, his interests and humour for instance. Nothing changes when you have a diagnosis other than additional awareness and understanding, which is so important to not minimise any struggles and access support. Equally, you are you and that’s wonderful.

I called my first book (I have 7 in the series now) ‘My

My aim is to raise awareness or should I say understanding. I want to support, empower and help children and families shine expressing themselves through whichever way they communicate, whether that is verbally, through signing or PECS/eye contact. We take shared interaction and communication for granted sometimes, we should never assume that someone who is non verbal will not do this, because they certainly will!

The response, my goodness. I am bowled over time after time, I really am. Parents have messaged me their personal stories, then photos of their children or them as a family with one of my books. Teachers, carers and therapists are using them, it’s just endless. I had a beautiful email from a parent this week thanking me for writing my book and how it’s helped them as a family, he high fives his mum a lot now as that what Eddie does in this particular book. Every time I am interviewed or do a podcast and we talk about this, I feel I need to pinch myself! I still can’t believe it some days. I am extremely grateful, humbled and incredibly lucky to help others. I’ve been crafting stories for as long as I can remember. I started the Eddie Series publicly in April 2019, which will always mark a very special time for us. Going forward, I plan to continue with The Eddie Series, releasing more of my social stories and resources. I have so many I can’t ever imagine stopping, it’s my absolute passion. I am grateful to my children for giving me the best job ever as their mum and secondly a passion with the best little tour guides I could ask for. 💖💖📚💙 #autism #autismbooks #autismawareness #podcasts #interviews #theeddieseries #autismunderstanding #mumblog #mumlife #autismblog #autismauthor #authorlife #empathy #gratitude #bekind #positivity #journorequest #kindnessmatters #helpingothers #youreamazing #whatis2020

Published by Nikki Saunders - Author

Author/Creator of The Eddie Series - autism children's book series.

3 thoughts on “Today’s 2nd interview. My inspiring story. Enjoyed this too 💖📚📚

  1. This is such a cool story. I will have to share this with my followers in my monthly updates and favorite posts that I do at the end of each month. I always love reading and hearing about success stories from the Autism world. My son was diagnosed when he was a little over two, was non-verbal for years and one day while out shopping he would point to a snowman cup and say the word snowman. Of course I bought that cup and took it home for him to drink cocoa from. Now he attends a university studying microbiology. It was so scary during those early years. There were melt downs, he would break things in his room, throwing chairs into walls when he was bored or upset over communicating. He would love spinning everything and would do a lot of visual stemming when young. Through ABA, PECS, OT, Speech, and even music therapy ,which we stopped because he always covered his ears when the music therapist tried playing music, we got our son to a level where he could speak and communicate with us. I did not use ABA in the typical way. I was trained through a program here called jumpstart through SARRC, but I switched things up to better fit my child . It was mostly done at a table but I did not follow those directions and took what I learned and created behavioral methods while in the world out at the park, in museums, library visits, in our back yard, etc….I used the methods of ABA but they weren’t always at a table setting because I knew my son needed to move, to be free when he was learning, so that is what I did. I also set up our house to be more like a preschool. There were stations throughout the home set up like a Montessori educational system. I never forced my son to do the ABA therapy of eye contact and when he needed breaks he could pick what section of the room he wanted to be in next. I left schedules for the most part up to him if it could be done. Giving him choices through PECs cards to pick what activities he wanted to do for the day, this is how I was able to work in speech and teaching lessons to him, through play learning using ABA techniques. In the end he would not only go on to learn how to speak but also to read and write. Now when I ask him if he remembers those early years (when he would spin and stem a lot not connecting with us) he says he doesn’t remember any of it. No trips to LEGOLAND, running off and going to strangers, the melt downs…none of it. I am working on a craft book of fun little projects that I would love to publish some day, sharing with others the traditions and fun activities I did with both my children. My daughter was diagnosed with Asperger’s when she was about 5 years old. She always had extreme sensory issues. Thank you for sharing your story and helping others in the autism community through your books.

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