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September 20, 2015
8.0 X 8.0 X 0.08 inches | 0.18 pounds
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About the Author
Jan Luck holds a degree in speech pathology and audiology. She began her career working for the State of Arkansas serving clients of all ages with special needs. She worked as a speech therapist for the Mountain Home, Arkansas Public Schools, where she served children on the autism spectrum. Mrs. Luck has developed and presented continuing education seminars on the topic of autism for teachers, therapists, and parents. She has been a guest speaker in many university classes. She is a contributing author to the book Stars in her Eyes; Navigating the Maze of Childhood Autism. Mrs. Luck currently resides in Nixa, Missouri with her husband, Gary.
Dr. Linda Barboa's journey as an author began 7 years ago after a long career as a Speech Language Pathologist. Kyleigh became an author by sharing an office with Grandma Linda. From the age of three, Kyleigh wanted a desk next to Grandma's computer. She loved to get a big piece of paper and "write stories" in red crayon, while Grandma worked on her books. During that time Dr. Barboa wrote over 30 books including several on autism and many children's books. When Kyleigh was in first grade, she decided she finally had the skills and imagination needed to write a real book. When asked what she wanted to write about she said "I want to tell people how to be good parents. I have good parents and I want all kids to have parents as good as mine." Two books later and one in process, she is still sitting by Grandma's desk as they both continue the Barboa tradition of writing books. The pair of authors have each been honored with awards for their writing. Along with having received some "5 STAR reviews" from numerous global book review groups, Kyleigh recently received an award from the Greater St. Louis Police, known as the Do the Right Thing! Award. Dr. Barboa has been honored with the Jefferson Award for Public Service, and the State of Missouri's Innovation Award for a program she authored to create Autism Friendly Cities in Missouri.
Eisner-nominated illustrator and creator of the Fantasy adventure, the Bean.
"Children with autism long for friends just like everyone else. They have difficulty making and keeping friends, and need others to understand why they behave the way they do and how to be a supportive friend. Mary Louise is a role model for kindness to others who are different like Albert.I highly recommend this book for anyone working with young children to help them begin to understand autism and others with differences." - Muse Watson, Actor and Honorary Chairman of STARS4Autism