Sue Larkey, autism specialist, teacher, author, Making it a Success, Practical Sensory Programmes and Practical Mathematics for Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and Other Developmental Delays
A delightful story and illustrations. It shows the importance of embracing special interests and using them in a constructive way. Divine to share with peers and family.
Anna Kennedy OBE, founder of AnnaKennedyonline
I love Jasper and the Magpie. The illustrations and story line are so clear. This would appeal to a child on the spectrum. If both my boys were younger I would not hesitate to read them this well thought out story.
Kathy Hoopmann, author of All Cats have Asperger Syndrome and Inside Asperger’s Looking Out
Jasper and the Magpie captures the uniqueness of those on the autism spectrum and shows how valuing a child's individuality, and working within his interests, can bring a richness to the whole family. I highly recommend this book to any child with a special interest, or anyone whose 'special interest' is wanting the best for their child.
Bill Nason, M.S., mental health professional, author and blogger of the Austism Discussion Page (Facebook)
Dan Mayfield wrote a beautiful story about turning a child's special interest into shared engagement. How to redefine a quirky interest into a strength to celebrate! A wonderful story for both parents and children to read together.
Red Reading Hub blog
Essentially, this story about accepting and celebrating all individuals for their unique qualities is aimed at primary age children... should be shared in all schools whether or not there are pupils with autism.
Special Needs Jungles blog
Jasper and the Magpie from Jessica Kingsley Publishers is a book with bright and attractive pictures... tells a story that shows it is okay to be different and acceptance is what is important. Although it may seem to be aimed at a younger age group, it can be used by older children... Various themes are covered that will be familiar to ASD children and their parents.
Nina RidsdaleBAPT - Play Therapy
This is a delightful positive story that would appeal to all children from 4 to 9 years, but would be particularly attractive to children with additional needs such as those on the autistic spectrum. The clever rhyming story is both educative, humorous and thought provoking. It could be used by teaching staff, parents and carers to educate about difference thus facilitating the development of children who have are accepting and embracing of the interests of others.