Imagine a life where we needn’t explain. A life where kids are happy not being the same ... ... My name is Jodie Isitt, and this is my dream.
My aim is to help children understand autism in a gentle and calming way, giving them the knowledge they desperately need to understand differences in neurodivergent children. The reviews back from parents who have read the story already have confirmed to me that this book is working and is desperately needed to enhance communiation around disabilities and improve inclusion and stamp out bullying. I created book one; Autism with Lola; Playing with Bourbon Badger, with the hope of enabling small children to be able to understand, relate to and accept those who are neurodivergent. The feedback I have received from this book has been phenomenal and there is huge interest in further books. I have written several follow up stories and believe that there is a huge amount of potential within this brand.
Autism is increasingly being seen in the public eye, and talked about in the media, but there is still a gap in teaching other children why some things are difficult for little ones like Lola (the main character within my stories), and how they can help and understand without compromising their own mental wellbeing. With cuts across the education system, it’s impossible for children to learn everything about the wider community, but even if we can't teach our children in lessons, we can do so through the art of storytelling; and that’s what Autism with Love is all about At the heart of the brand is Lola Rabbit (based on my daughter, Lola), along with a group of cute, but meaningful, woodland animals. These characters provide children with learning resources and give them knowledge that is desperately needed in order to understand and accept differences. They do so by taking the reader on an educational journey embracing differences and showing kindness. It is my passion to create gentle stories for young children, in the hope that it will explain what it is like to live with autism and anxiety and help shape a kinder and more inclusive future for the children of the next generation.
We NEED to teach children about disabilities, and this beautifully written and illustrated story book does just that and more. In fact, it has proven to not only help children who are not neuro-diverse to understand those who are, but it has also helped autistic children understand themselves! This has lead to them being able to start communicating their feelings to their parents and caregivers Parents were overwhelmed when their children started communicating to them their worries and feelings when previously they had never done this before. This then made me realise what a huge impact my book is having, my dream is beginning to come true!
These children’s books don’t just help children understand others or accept themselves, they even have an ‘Expert Section’ designed to help parents, teachers and carers create discussion points in the home or the classroom to further enhance their learning experience. I wanted to ensure that all angles were covered within this book, I didn’t want for any parent or carer to feel overwhelmed or concerned so I thought it was vital to have the expert section included.