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When it comes to books we always like to try to get Erin something that has a lesson or hidden meaning. Sometimes, it’s hard to explain certain topics to her because either we don’t know a lot about it or because it’s something quite tricky and complicated. I will hold my hands up and admit that autism is one of these things. It’s not something I know a lot about but we want Erin to know about why some people might be different to others.
The author of Autism with Lola: Playing with Bourbon Badger* has three children who are autistic or with special needs. Jodie Isitt has written a book, the first in a series, to help highlight what it might be like for someone with autism or anxiety. As someone who really doesn’t know much about autism I was quite excited to receive this book and to share it with Erin.
The book follows bunny rabbit Lola on a regular day at school. She’s busy colouring in but the noise of all of the other children when it comes to tidying away scares her. Lola doesn’t like the noise and doesn’t know how to cope with what is going on. For some people with autism, something that we think is just an every day activity can be a really scary or stressful situation.
For a lot of children, play time might be a part of the day that they really look forward to. For Lola, she finds herself on her own with no one to play with and this makes her really sad. She wants a friend to play with but she’s not like the other children and wants something a bit different. The book really highlights the importance of kindness and understanding, especially when someone is able to help Lola and play with her.
While the story is a great one for children sometimes adults need a bit more than that to be able to explain. This book has LOADS of resources at the back, along with plenty of advice from experts. I think it’s really clever that this book has something for both adults and children. Not only can it help to explain to someone who might not know a lot about autism but it could also be a real help to someone who might wonder why they aren’t the same as other children.
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