I will be visiting participating schools this week now that the scheme has run its course. I have had lots of positive feedback so far and I can’t wait to hear the children’s final views and find out if it has made a difference. I’ve already been told about two autistic children who have identified so much with the main character that they refuse to go anywhere without it!
Wow! how wonderful and so touching! It’s the biggest reward I could ask for!
There will also be a book signing at Ad-Deen Primary School in Ilford on Thursday – so looking forward to it!
Wonderful message from competition winner – thank you so much!
@kfeline my daughter received a signed copy of arty tardy yesterday and has finished it already what a fantastic book
What a busy week it has been! I visited the three schools participating in my pilot scheme. Each class read ARTY TARDY and we analysed it together. I got some really good constructive feedback and they told how much they are enjoying it. I’m so pleased that it has already helped so many adults and children alike to understand life from the perspective of a child with autism for that was the aim of the book. It’s good that it has provoked so much thinking and already it is the favourite book of two autistic children in the schools I am working in. I am truly humbled – and delighted.
My son, the budding photographer and also the book cover designer was on hand to take photographs and did a great job. The story will be going to press shortly.
There has also been interest in the book from educational press and establishments and the book itself is going to be offered in various competitions – I will keep you posted!
If anyone wants a taster – pop along to my website and listed to the first two chapters! I hope you enjoy!
What a lovely comment left on my FaceBook page – humbling and heart warming
What a wonderful review!!!
“The book isn’t preachy, and nor is it moralistic. It does, however, pack a powerful message: That schools must do more to facilitate the inclusion of SEN children. It also identifies the single-most important point of mainstream education – that no children, with and without SEN, are “mainstream” at all. All children need the support of their peers and teaching staff to thrive.”
I am over the moon that Kensington Primary School is also reading Arty Tardy with a Year 6 class. I will be popping in to get feedback from the children which will I really value – after all it is them who I am writing for!
So pleased – so honoured
Wow! it was intense but I have just finished my manuscript – all 80 pages of it!
It has literacy activities and workshops based on Arty Tardy. I must admit though that I had to hold off on my second children’s book in the series Bonny Bonnie and treat it like the carrot at the end of a stick in order to expedite my writing! It has been an amazing experience – I pour coffee in and writing comes out of my fingertips! Pure Magic!
Now I am done I can get back into the groove and I aim to finish it before I start my placement next month – no pressure there then!
Just answered some questions on Goodreads about being an author:
- How do you deal with writer’s block?
- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
- What’s your advice for aspiring writers?
- What are you currently working on?
- How do you get inspired to write?
- Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?