I have a passion for helping children to become more aware and understanding of our differences.
My children's picture books (Binkie & Friends’ Adventures) are intended to be informative, but at the same time, they aim to capture the children’s imaginations through the use of vibrant illustrations and memorable characters. Each book is written in rhyming verse and includes a few fun quizzes after the story to keep the children engaged for even longer.
‘Say Hello to Hedgy’ is the third book in the series and is special because it explores the subject of neurodiversity. In this positive book, Hedgy the hedgehog describes his social and sensory differences.
My autistic son was the victim of school bullying and this inspired me to create a series of books to educate young children about our differences, with the aim of promoting empathy and kindness in the world.
‘Say Hello to Hedgy’ is now part of the ‘West Sussex County Council Autism for Schools’ Project’ and earlier this year, the ‘Sussex NHS Foundation Trust’ purchased a number of my books to place in their clinics to help parents/carers of newly diagnosed autistic children.
I’m currently working on book number five in the series, which aims to educate young children about deafness. A sixth book is also underway, which will inform about ‘Developmental Language Disorder’.