Ella Autie: A Book About Autism Written by an Autistic Person

Catlaina H. Vrana
Ella Autie is a book about autism, SPD, dyspraxia, neurodiversity and friendship. During this story, we follow Ella (a non-verbal autistic 4th grader who has a lot to say) through her school day, and get to see a glimpse of what being autistic and having SPD and dyspraxia is really like. Many of the experiences and interactions with people Ella has are similar to my own. This story is told first-person unlike most disability books. Ella meets the new girl at school, Sarah, who greatly misunderstands Ella's autism and is 'overly helpful' to Ella's dismay. This book is my contribution to the autistic civil rights movement- it explains in a kid friendly way much of the stigma we face daily because we are autistic. This book also give information on AAC, PECS, dyspraixa, SPD, the neurodiversity symbol, why autistic people prefer identity-first language, stimming (or self-stimulation behavior), eye contact (and why it's so hard) and special interests.

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