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Robert is sooo excited to finally be a big brother…if only he could get Joshua’s attention! Join Robert and Joshua on another journey in learning about autism and the importance of family!
“What a touching piece! It’s nice to have a new perspective on autism. We can so easily forget the impact it has on siblings”.
—Teka Harris, M.A., BCBA
“Joshua, I’m Over Here! is a wonderful resource that brings a better understanding of autism through a sibling’s perspective. The struggles and joys experienced by families of a child with autism are brought to light and life.”
—Jason Litto, Family Support Manager
“Williams-Hines creatively and colorfully illustrates the world of autism through her series in a way that promotes understanding and empathy. This book should be included in school curriculums nationwide to eliminate the stigma attached to children on the autism spectrum. Entertaining and joyous, the series is also a valuable tool in facilitating the much needed discussion between parents, teachers, and children.”
—Latoya Bosworth, M.S., Special Education Teacher, author of The Right Amount of Sunshine…Cultivating Little Girls into Young Ladies
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Joshua, I'm Over Here!
By Jacqueline Williams-Hines, Stephen Adams
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2013 Jacqueline Williams-Hines
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Hi, my name is Robert Not Robbie, or Bobby or Bob My mom has her own pet names for me But my friends just call me Rob
When I was a little kid, maybe six or seven I wished really long and hard For someone who would look up to me And being his big brother would be my job
I had already been a little brother And that suited me just fine But I thought how cool would it be To have a little brother to call mine
Well, finally I got a little brother Now I was a big brother, even though I was in the middle I'd teach him to ride a bike, and play sports And I'd boss him around.... just a little
And Joshua was the cutest little thing That is what everyone else said, of course He brought so much happiness into our home Of joy he was an endless source
He was smart and funny And walked before he could crawl And was fascinated with beetles and bugs Both creepy, crawly, large and small
At first he would laugh when I played hide & seek And he loved when I clowned around for him Or when I made funny faces with googly-eyes Man, he'd break into this incredible grin
But slowly, I'm not sure exactly when He slowly stopped using his words I tried to remember if it was my imagination Or were these memories of things I had heard
'cause I think I remember him singing songs Into the back of a hairbrush I remember him calling me "Bubby" And babbling on in a rush
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