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….12-year-old Rylan thrives and struggles with Autism and Tourette Syndrome. He and his Mama Bird, Gwen, are publishing their first book, set to hit shelves in September, 2019. This one-of-a-kind picture book that will draw you in before you open the front cover.

“If I Squeeze Your Head I’m Sorry” will uplift, educate, create dialogue, entertain, and allow readers to enter the brain of a child who sees, feels, and understands the world from a refreshingly unique perspective. Their work reminds us how important it is to listen to each other in an effort to truly understand and to assume immense value in one another.  Our stories matter and we all have one to share.

Tell your neighbor, your hairstylist, your teachers, your great Aunt Gerty…tell ALL your people. This book is an inclusive experience, so get on board Broskis! Pre-orders available soon!

Sneak Peek Inside

Some of Our Biggest Fans!

richard & dorie rush - parents to the late christopher rush

This book will enlighten a wide audience of the profound feelings and thoughts of a child with special challenges. 
Everyone is challenged, but those that are more challenged have a larger responsibility. Rylan is meeting his. Had Rylan’s work been available to us 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 are all God’s creations with undeniable abilities.  We love Rylan’s work and pray that we may someday give him a hug. We would also be honored to have our heads squeezed.
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Ellie, Special needs Mama & illustrator

This book is refreshing, humorous & insightful. Many children like my daughter cannot express how their body feels or articulate  emotions, thoughts & feelings.

Reading this book gave me the opportunity to take a peek into my own daughter’s brain & understand how she may see the world. It’s art that truly works toward the goal of acceptance of & appreciation for people who  bring more color & creativity into our world.

Jessica Ronne, Author & blogger at Jess Plus the Mess

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.

James Durbin, American Idol finalist and lead singer of Quiet Riot

This book will be a great tool for kids all across the Autism and Tourettes spectrum, as well as their families, friends, teachers and classmates. Knowing that this is written & illustrated from Rylan’s perspective, it reminds the reader 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.

Zack Arnold, documentary director (GO FAR: The Christopher Rush Story)

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 not only to other special needs children but to all children and adults to help them better understand that we all have our own unique abilities and disabilities and to not define ourselves based on perceived disabilities.

sarah philpott PhD author

This book is sheer GENIUS. It’s  aesthetically delightful & offers an inside glimpse at the amazing interworking of a brain blessed with originality, creativity, & sheer brilliance. Rylan owns his diagnosis with Hulk-like confidence. He’ll boost the inner-confidence of  readers who need affirmation that uniqueness is awesome.

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.

Andrea Frazer Paventi, Author & Tourettes Mama

Along with his mom, Rylan has written a dazzling picture book about living with Autism & Tourette Syndrome that is 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. 

why yes, we would love to speak to your people! we can bring the art show version of our book with us!

Rylan has been educating people about his unique self for years and is quite gifted in public speaking.  Gwen is immersed in the world of advocacy and inclusionary practices and isn’t too bad on stage herself.  A portion of the book is available as an art show which can be displayed at a location of your choice.  Contact us if you have epic ideas on how we can add value to your programming, events, classrooms, conferences etc etc and etc. BONUS – Rylan might even sing you a passionate solo of “The Pokemon Theme Song” if you’re lucky.  

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Where else you can find us!

Gwen’s Online Community

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