Written by a pediatric occupational therapist who has worked over thirteen years with children with special needs. Through this sweet story of love an acceptance, siblings of children with special needs will hear that they are loved and hold a unique place within their family. Through Lucy’s voice, children will gain a better understanding of how important and loved they are.
|Publisher:||Future Horizons, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||9.60(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.20(d)|
About the Author
Britt Collins is a pediatric occupational therapist who works on OT and sensory integration awareness, research and application. She has worked in a variety of settings including pediatric hospital inpatient, ICU, rehabilitation, outpatient clinics, homes, schools and skilled nursing facilities. With her award-winning OT DVD series and three books, Sensory Parenting: Newborns to Toddlers, Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years , and her latest book Sensory Yoga for Kids: Therapeutic Movement for Children of all Abilities , she is among the cutting-edge leaders in the field. Her books have received enthusiastic reviews from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L, and she presents nationwide alongside experts Temple Grandin, Paula Aquilla, Diane Bahr and Carol Kranowitz. Britt's professional specialties include working with children with sensory processing disorder, autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, Down syndrome, feeding disorders and more. She is also certified to teach yoga for children with special needs. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.
I am a pediatric occupational therapist and I have worked with children with special needs over thirteen years. My younger sister, Mary Allison inspired me to go into this field. She was born with a rare genetic disorder and as a result has seizures and cognitive delays. Growing up with a younger sister with special needs was a blessing but also difficult at times, which is why I decided to write this children’s book series.
My dream for this children’s book is to have families read it together and for siblings of children with special needs to know they are loved and hold a unique place within their family. Through Lucy’s voice, I hope children are able to relate and gain a better understanding of how important they are.
Britt E. Collins M.S., OTR/L
Pediatric Occupational Therapist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sometimes Lucy loves her brother Bo, and sometimes she resents him, just like most siblings of kids with special needs. This sweet, honest story will comfort all the brothers and sisters who may be confused about their feelings. This would be an appealing addition to the special needs bookshelf at home, school, or pediatrician's office.
I really appreciate this book. As a mom with one special needs child and one typically developing, I'm happy this touches on sibling love, but also all those other feelings that are complicated. It's presented and written in a way kids will relate and learn that it's okay to be embarrassed, frustrated, angry, jealous, confused, etc. No, it doesn't use those words per say but she discusses how sometimes she feels angry when they have to leave because of Bo's meltdowns, etc. It's more situational and its so important for kids to know it's okay to have these feelings. They don't have to be perfect and understanding 24/7 which is an unrealistic expectation. It's also celebrated that the siblings love each other, even if maybe Bo is not able to express that. With many families experiencing this dynamic, its such a special gift to be able to read this with my kids. I really love that Bo is not given a diagnosis of any sort, so he is relatable no matter what special needs your child may have. The drawings are super cute and it's a delightful book that will make your kids smile. I know mine did! Good to take with you to OT, Speech, etc. when one child has to sit and wait a lot. The author was raised with a sister with special needs so gets it first hand, and is also an OT who works with kids. Spot on perspective, appreciation, respect and love. Two thumbs up from me.
I am reviewing this book for Britt Collins, Future Horizons and NetGalley who gave me a copy of their book for an honest review. This is the tale of two siblings. It is told from the viewpoint of the older sibling as she deals with life with her younger sibling who has special needs. It explores all her feelings towards her brother - both positive and negative and would be useful for a family to share together. It can help parents understand how both their children are feeling and lets children understand it is normal to feel that way. It would be so useful having this book in every classroom. Simple story, simple language and bright pictures.