Jasper and the Magpie
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Release Date:21 Nov 2014
ISBN:9781849055796
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Jasper and the Magpie

Enjoying special interests together

By Dan Mayfield; Illustrated by Alex Merry
Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Jasper really likes shiny metals…

He loves that when the sun shines

Electrons dance reflecting light.

This makes him feel safe and calm,

And helps him sleep at night.

This fun and thought-provoking rhyming storybook will delight anyone with a special interest and encourage readers to be more accepting of difference and unusual passions. The story will resonate particularly with children on the autism spectrum and their friends and family. For ages 6 and upwards.

Jasper and the Magpie captures the uniqueness of those on the autism spectrum and shows how valuing a child's individuality, and working within his interests, can bring a richness to the whole family. I highly recommend this book to any child with a special interest, or anyone whose 'special interest' is wanting the best for their child.

– Kathy Hoopmann, author of All Cats have Asperger Syndrome and Inside Asperger’s Looking Out

Dan Mayfield wrote a beautiful story about turning a child's special interest into shared engagement. How to redefine a quirky interest into a strength to celebrate! A wonderful story for both parents and children to read together.

– Bill Nason, M.S., mental health professional, author and blogger of the Austism Discussion Page (Facebook)

A delightful story and illustrations. It shows the importance of embracing special interests and using them in a constructive way. Divine to share with peers and family.

– Sue Larkey, Autism Spectrum specialist, teacher and author of Making it a Success, Practical Sensory Programmes and Practical Mathematics for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Delays

I love Jasper and the Magpie. The illustrations and story line are so clear. This would appeal to a child on the spectrum. If both my boys were younger I would not hesitate to read them this well thought out story.

– Anna Kennedy OBE, founder of AnnaKennedyonline

Dan Mayfield is a writer and musician who has worked with people of all ages on the autism spectrum for over 12 years. His work continues to influence his ideas around what we as a society deem to be 'normal', and he has written this book to explore the importance of accepting other people's differences. Dan lives in London, UK.
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