At school, Penelope’s teacher encourages the class to play with someone new at recess so that they can see that minds, like handprints and snowflakes, are one of a kind. Penelope chooses Eric and they have so much fun she invites him over for a play-date. Before he arrives, Penelope’s Mom tells her that Eric’s mind is called “on the spectrum,” and so his unique preferences might be different from the ones she’s used to. To prepare, they practice using quiet voices, listening with their eyes, and being flexible. As their play-date unfolds, Penelope and Eric show readers the many ways that families can embrace neuro-diversity.
About the Author
Christine Bronstein is the founder of Nothing But The Truth Publishing an independent publishing imprint specializing in works diverse female authors. She is the author of the Stewie Boom! series of children’s books and founder of A Band of Women, a social network and information website for women. She is a graduate of the Columbia/UC-Berkeley executive MBA program. Her writing has been published on Forbes.com, in The San Francisco Chronicle, and on Maria Shriver's website. Christine has been featured in Elle.com, 7x7 Magazine, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Christine is married to Center For Investigative Reporting Executive Chair Phil Bronstein and is mother to three children.
While attending the Rhode Island School of Design, Karen Young discovered the joy that the arts can bring children who suffer from illness. She earned a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy with a focus of Pediatric Medical Art Therapy, and she had the honor of working at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington DC. She was able to utilize her Art Therapy with children afflicted with serious illnesses to decrease the emotional trauma they experience when diagnosed with cancer, AIDS, cardiac problems, motor vehicle accident injuries, and physical abuse. Her current chapter of life is dedicated to her family, storytelling, creating art, and fundraising in Marin County, CA.
Mitra Ahani is the founder of Thrive Therapy & Social Center. A comprehensive therapy center that provides Applied Behavioral Analysis, Speech and Occupational therapy. She has dedicated close to 20 years improving the lives of individuals with autism and their families. She practiced as a speech pathologist for 15 years prior to opening Thrive. She believes in an approach that is collaborative, promotes respect and believes that everyone has the potential to live a full, happy life.