My Awesome Autism – Nikki Saunders

A fantastic communication opener between the child and the parents/caregivers. It helps to open up the subject in a gentle and nurturing way, to revisit at any time the child is ready and build upon their experiences with you! The colourful, eye-catching illustrations are carefully designed in simple 2D characters, sensory colours with simple contrast and clear short sentences allowing space to process in the child’s own time. A beautiful beginning as this book was first made for my son, then blossomed to help children and families all over the world!

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Nikki was born in Suffolk; she has two children and has worked in Special Education. Nikki’s son was diagnosed with autism and she found a lack of inclusion on the bookshelves. After scribbling social stories for mainstream situations, Nikki used her creative eye and went on to publish, “My Awesome Autism” for her son.

It was such a success, that she wanted to share this with other children and their families worldwide and normalise these conversations everywhere as Nikki receives many heart-warming comments and messages in receipt of her books via her social media sites.

“I’ve been crafting stories for as long as I can remember, but in 2019 I decided to take the plunge and create a book for my son. I searched the bookshelves in 2013 and I never found the book we needed, a book to celebrate autism, something bright, positive and empowering! I noticed a huge gap for many other different abilities too! Children needed to see different books, explore, ask questions or relate to them.

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