- Book Style: Toddler Autism Story Book
- Reading Level: 2 (Read with Help due to: some mid-level vocabulary)
- Reading Length: 5-7 minutes (FYI – we never account for toddler questions)
- Illustration: Very colorful, just the way it should be
- Age Target: 2-8 Years of Age
- Author: Tiffany Banks
- Author’s Page: I Have Autism
- Book Purchase Page: I Have Autism – $9.99 USD
- Social Media Links: Facebook, GoFundMe
I Have Autism and I am Special is a book for toddlers (as well as older children) that has been made with the autistic child in mind. The author, Tiffany Banks has used a storybook to describe some of the many ways the mind of an autistic child works. From the simple statements about how the star, JaynaLee’s mind works to the wonderful illustrations specially made for autistic children, this book is a great educational resource.
That’s not to say the book is entirely educational. What I’m saying is that the author clearly has an innate sense of what it means to have autism. This is simply because she has an autistic daughter (that’s JaynaLee, FYI) and has learned from her experiences. As such she’s able to present some of the positives and some of the challenges of autism with great ease. From difficulties with noise, to the immense want to learn, the autistic mind of a child is explained in a way that’s meant for young children.
Tiffany has taken on a style that will help any autistic toddlers or kids feel understood. She has sectioned the book off with a bit of a pattern. She explains (from the perspective of JaynaLee) how her mind works in relation to “X”. From there, she asks the reader if that’s the case for him/her. I like this style because the questions will reinforce the fact that there are people who understand. I also like it because it will help children who might have autistic friends to understand.
One of my favorite parts of the book is the addition of an excess of colors on each and every page. Each illustration gains depth as what appears to be smudges of colors are draped across each and every character/object. I think it makes the book very fun to look at, and the addition of all of these colors will engage toddlers and older children alike. Actually, come to think of it, it kept me engaged!
All in all, I think it’s always fantastic to learn about things like autism. This is especially true for children and toddlers, who will definitely be exposed to autism at some point in their lives. What’s more, this is an incredible resource for a parent of an autistic child or toddler, and I love that it’s been created simply to help kids. Finally, with the $9.99 USD price it’s hard to go wrong.
PS. If you’d like to support Tiffany, head over to her GoFundMe page. It never hurts to donate a little to a great cause like this.
Thanks for reading…to your toddlers,