Hi! I'm Kitty Wampus. I'm here to tell you about a fellow middle-grade feline named Teddy. He's new to school, seems cool, and he's an autistic kitten who plays on my adaptive baseball team.
My friends and I don't know anything about autism (yet). We just want to be able to talk and play with Teddy, and that's where our story begins.
We get off to good start as we learn about countdown cards, sign language, and something totally lit called PECS. But then, I really mess things up. As in epic fail.
My folks are always telling me that the most important things in our nine lives are the connections we make with others. Will we learn enough about autism and communication to connect with Teddy? And how do fish sticks and cardboard pizza affect our chances? That's where things get interesting...
Written by an occupational therapist, Specialty is the second book in the Kitty Wampus series aimed at teaching young readers about inclusion and celebrating the differences that make us special.
About the Author
Steve has worked as an occupational therapist with a diverse population of clients over the past 25 years including newborns to toddlers in Early Intervention, persons with brain injuries, and seniors in home health.
The Kitty Wampus series was created to share what Steve has learned and observed as a special needs parent and occupational therapist. Though aimed primarily at teaching young readers about disability awareness and inclusion, he hopes these stories resonate with readers from all walks of life.
Steve lives in Littleton, Colorado and when not attending one of the kids' activities he also enjoys hiking, photography, chai tea, dark beer, and teaching the family Labrador Retriever how to retrieve (this is an on-going project:).