If I Squeeze Your Head I'm Sorry

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$27.99  $26.03
Gwen Vogelzang
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8.5 X 11.0 X 0.31 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Gwen is a writer, an inclusion advocate, and a serial entrepreneur. She left a 15 year career in non-profit marketing to journey through leadership in the world of special needs advocacy. Gwen is an adoptive Mama to Rylan and his independent and kind-spirited younger sister, Reagan. Along with her handsome Dutchman husband, Tim, Gwen is clumsily navigating life in a log cabin in their 5 acre woods in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When she's not writing you'll find her running her diverse and inclusive children's bookstore, Marvelous Me books.
Rylan owns his Autism and Tourettes like a boss. He's an imaginative kid with passions for Pokemon, Minecraft, things that morph, all creatures bigger than an Eastern American toad, magic, squeezing things, art, imitating crickets, graphic novels, supportive friends, complicated lego sets, telekinesis, God, and his adventurous family. Rylan believes that we all have special needs in our own ways and notices the color of your eyes first. He's epically stoked to become a famous author.
Ellie is a freelance graphic designer, writer, entrepreneur, and lover of all things creative. When she isn't behind a computer screen, you can find her reading a book. working on her 1978 home nestled in the Colorado pines or connecting with other adoptive and special needs families. Together, she and her husband work hard to provide new and creative resources for their daughter Lexi, who has Autism and their youngest daughter Ainsley whom they adopted from China in 2014. Every day is an adventure.


"Rylan is a brilliant child who is able to provide insightful information into what life is like from his perspective. Any person who is curious about what a child with Tourette's and autism experiences would benefit from listening to Rylan. I highly recommend this book!" Chris with Special Books by Special Kids

"Had Rylan's work been available when our son was alive, it would have served as a cornerstone, a reference for perspective, determination and impetus to convince others that, despite challenges, we're all amazing creations with undeniable abilities. Everyone's challenged, but those more challenged have a larger responsibility. Rylan is meeting his." Richard & Dorie Rush, parents to the late Christopher Rush

"This book is a great tool for kids across the Autism and Tourettes spectrum, as well as their families, friends, teachers and classmates. Knowing this is written & illustrated from Rylan's perspective, it reminds us that Rylan may have Autism and Tourettes, but Autism and Tourettes do not have him. Regardless of a few setbacks, we "Aspies" are as capable as anybody else." James Durbin, American Idol finalist and lead singer of Quiet Riot

"This book is an amazingly fresh, honest, and authentic perspective of what the world looks like through the eyes of someone with "special" needs. It should be read to ALL children and adults to help better understand we all have unique abilities and disabilities and to not define ourselves based on perceived disabilities." Zack Arnold, Hollywood Documentary Director

"This book is sheer GENIUS. It's aesthetically delightful and from an educational standpoint, it provides insight to help inform teaching & it also serves as a springboard for classroom discussions about special needs & how ALL our brains function in mighty ways. It's a metacognitive masterpiece." Sarah Philpott PHD, Author

"I'm epically stoked to have read this book. It opened my eyes to the wonderful world of Rylan, a remarkably creative child who has gifted the world (along with his equally remarkable mom) with an invaluable resource. As a mom to a child with special needs, I love all of it! Any resource that brings awareness, acceptance, and love is welcome on my book shelf." Jessica Ronne, Author and Blogger

"Along with his mom, Rylan has written a dazzling picture book about living with Autism & Tourettes that's heartwarming enough you'll want to squeeze the book over & over again. My only complaint? I wish it had come out ten years ago when my own son was diagnosed. Then again, I might have stalked them down & squeezed their heads with gratitude." Andrea Frazer Paventi, Author & Tourettes Mama