These beautiful books are specially created for parents and teachers of kids who see and feel the world differently. They offer tested, positive strategies to support both adult and child.
They empower parents/teachers to manage everyday activities that the child may find challenging and overwhelming, making daily tasks easier for everyone. Tony also gives the child a voice and a character to identify with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Tony Gets his Hair Cut" – "Tony uses the Toilet” – "Tony goes to School"
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 >