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“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 Ulmer
In this innovative, debut book, “If I Squeeze Your Head I’m Sorry,” Rylan, a 12-year-old living with Autism and Tourette Syndrome, shares art and intuitive descriptions about what it feels like living in his brain.
Through this book, Rylan and his Mama Bear, Gwen, promote academic and societal inclusion through storytelling and celebrating the “specialabilities” of all human beings.
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!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ideas on how we can add value to your programming, events, classrooms, conferences etc etc and etc.
BONUS – Rylan might even sing a passionate solo of “The Pokemon Theme Song” if you’re lucky.