Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Interview With Author Reena B Patel

My Friend Max, A Story About A Friend With Autism
Kind Eye Publishing

1. What inspired you to write this book? I have been working in the field of Autism since the mid 90’s and have seen first hand how the prevalence has increased. I have always wanted to find resources that taught children who did not have Autism about compassion and inclusion. I could not find a book that I could share in classrooms and homes that I would recommend to educators and parents about teaching what Autism was and how to develop friendships with others who had Autism. Thus, the development of my book.

2. Who should read it — and why? The chances of your child having a child with Autism in their class is high. CDC reports 1 in every 59 children have Autism. Parents, Children, and Educators should read this book and share with others. It is a myth that children with Autism do not want friendship, they just need others to understand how best to interact with them. My goal is to have this book in every classroom and teachers should read this to their students. I have received so many positive responses. This story opens up a discussion that children should have.

3. How is it better or different from others in its genre? I haven't found a children's story book that shares what it is like to have an friend with Autism from a typical child’s perspective. The story is written from a child's perspective, thus making it reader friendly for a school age child. Also, I could not find a story book with professional tips by an Autism expert at the end.

4. What challenges did you overcome to write your book? I started to write this book in 2013 and stopped because I wanted collect more information and observe what I saw in classrooms and homes when children with AUtism were present. I wanted that book to be realistic. That takes time, and so the book took a longer to develop.

5. What lasting messages do you hope your readers are left after consuming your book? The biggest take away I would want readers to have is the specific tips on how to make friends with someone who has autism and to teach kindness, compassion, and inclusion. “In a world where you can be anything, be kind”

6. What advice do you have for struggling writers? I would advise to be true to yourself as a writer. Write about what inspires you, but write something that would be meaningful to others. A resource or tool they can use.

7. Where do you see the book publishing industry heading?  
The publishing industry is becoming more open to using children’s stories to address prevalent mental health issues and help teach children about important topics in a compassionate and inclusive way.

For more information, please consult: www.reenabpatel.com

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