We’re in the bathroom today learning about how social stories can help your child learn about hygiene. In this episode my guest, Jacqui Folks shares her children’s book that helps teach kids with autism how to brush teeth, get dressed, bathe and much more.
In this episode you will discover:
- How Jacqui’s parenting journey led to her creating this book.
- How to break down a task into do-able steps for your child.
- How to use social stories with your own child to increase their skills and awareness.
Meet Jacqui Folks, Author
Jacqualine “Jacqui” Folks is an author who lives in Eudora, Kansas with her husband, Mike. She is a busy mother of three sons; Bret, Ethan and Garrett. In 2003 Jacqui’s middle son, Ethan, was diagnosed with Autism. His diagnosis came at a time when resources for Autism were scarce and she found herself on a journey of self education to enrich the life of her child. Though she still found time to support her other sons on the soccer field, most of her time was spent in libraries learning all she could about Autism education, therapies and advocacy.
In 2005 Jacqui started a support group for parents in her local community. Several years later the ladies she met through that journey joined forces and co-founded the Eudora ACES (Autism Community Education and Support) Society. ACES is a successful non-profit organization dedicated to helping other families with their journey through Autism and supplying necessary equipment and resources for special education classes in their school district.
Jacqui wrote the Adventures With “Big E” social stories series as tools to help her young son on his journey with Autism and to offset the extremely high costs of therapy interventions and services. Highlighted in each story are methods she used for education, therapy and life skills. She longed for resources like these stories when her son was younger. Having a friendly character, repetition and illustrations at the ready would have been extremely valuable. So, through her unique children’s literature she is providing it for others. She also shares her story through videos on her Facebook page Au-some Talk.
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