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Educational resources for parents & families of children on the autism spectrum


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Educational resources for parents & families of children on the autism spectrum


 

These beautiful books are specially created for parents and carers of kids on the autism spectrum. They offer tested, positive strategies to support both parent and child in getting through everyday activities with reduced anxiety, minimum stress, and maybe even have some fun along the way.

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Valerie Sheehan is a professionally trained ASD tutor with 12 years experience working with families and kids on the autistic spectrum. She is passionate about providing tools and educational resources for parents, carers and teachers. Everything in these crafted books has been tested and developed with over 50 children and families – all of whom hold a special place in Val’s heart.

 
 
 
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Autism & Visual Learning


Autism & Visual Learning


 
 
 

With ASD, children's senses can be overwhelmed by unfiltered information.

The world can be intensely noisy, blinding or filled with strong smells. It is harder for them to focus on words and hold conversations. Their main difficulties typically present in three core areas: social interaction, social communication and imagination and play. These difficulties can have a huge impact both on the child and on their family. They can affect the child’s relationships with their parents, siblings and peers.

Visual learning is a very important tool for children with ASD.

It helps them to focus on and remember information. The language is kept direct in the books with very clear visuals so children can follow the stories themselves if they want to look at it. Tony's expressions are easily recognisable and these clear visuals make it easy for the child to follow the story and understand how Tony is feeling.

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Tips for Teachers & Parents


Tips for Teachers & Parents


 

Tony the Turtle stories focus on specific social skills that children with ASD may find difficult.

Through her vast experience as a home tutor, Valerie has learned many ways to support children and develop their skills.

This series of books provides a range of strategies that the characters in the books implement in order to help them learn what to do in a range of social situations in a positive manner. 

Valerie has created a wonderfully child centred series of books which demonstrate many of the strategies that we recommend for helping children with ASD to understand the world and communicate more effectively
— Michaela Connolly, Senior Educational Psychologist
 
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Bedtime Story


Bedtime Story


 
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Through an enjoyable bedtime story, the child has a wonderful character to identify with and parents learn some useful techniques and daily tips.

It’s a win-win situation for parent and child as they all will gain something from reading the daily adventures of “Tony the Turtle”.

Reading with your child is so important and these books provide a wonderful opportunity for parents to share time with their children, be empowered as to ways to support them and also develop their emerging literacy skills.

Valerie has extensive knowledge of and experience in working with children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has used this wealth of experience to create an enchanting series of books which aim to help support parents and their children in a range of different social contexts and in their ability to learn new skills
— Charlotte Cogan, Senior Speech and Language Therapist

Now Available! 

"Tony Gets his Hair Cut"  – "Tony uses the Toilet” – "Tony goes to School"


 
 
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The Creators


The Creators


 

 
 
 

Valerie Sheehan

CREATOR & WRITER

Valerie Sheehan is a Home Tutor for children with autism, living in Cork. She has been working in the area of special education for 15 years, specialising in autism for the last 7. With a higher diploma in Social Studies and a B.A in Montessori education she has completed several courses in the area of autism. She says that it’s the amazing children she has worked with that have taught her the most. She continues to learn everyday. Val's Story > 

 
 

 
 

Susan Meaney

ILLUSTRATOR

Illustrator and graphic artist Susan Meaney lives and works in the west of Ireland, with the Atlantic on one side and the marvellous Burren area on the other.
Find her at www.burrenflowerfairies.com 
and 
www.susanmeaney.com

 
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