Meeting With ‘Kelly’s Special Friend’

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An inspiring picture book that introduces autism to “typical” children and provides a better understanding on the obvious differences of a child with autism.

Why doesn’t Kelly like me?

“Why doesn’t Kelly like me?” It seemed like a simple question, but one stemming from a complex situation—autism. This very question asked by author Rose Marie’s niece, inspired her to weave Kelly’s Special Friend to introduce autism to “typical” children and provide a very basic understanding on what they are seeing or feeling about children who don’t act “normal.”

Autism is no longer new to the world. A disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication and by restricted and repetitive behavior, this syndrome has had many children suffering. But how much do children know and understand about this disorder, and how can older individuals clearly explain this condition to the young ones? Kelly’s Special Friend is a perfect tool to help parents, educators, caregivers or older individuals explain autism to “typical” children. All children want to give love and be loved. Kelly’s Special Friend hopes to not only express this sentiment, but help facilitate its reality.

Being the proud parent of two children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Rose Marie offers a glimpse of the life of a child with autism through the story of Kelly. Through a child’s perspective, this book will inspire children to open their minds to accept the differences obviously manifested by a child with autism—for who and what they are by their actions and behaviors—and tells them how to reach out and be friends with them.

“My life is never dull,” the author explains. “Sometimes good, sometimes terrifying, occasionally miraculous, but never dull. What mother will say anything different? Instead of soccer, I have sensory play.”

Through this book, parents, educators, caregivers or older individuals will find it easier to explain autism to typical children and let them learn to further understand the needs of those children having this condition. For more information on this book, log on to

About the Author
Rose Marie is the proud parent of Owen and Kelly-Rose. Both are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She proudly and lovingly refers to herself as “Mautistic” to describe her “differently-abled” parenting experiences. Rose Marie has written poetry, plays, and articles for small and local newspapers. This is her first children’s book.

Kelly’s Special Friend * by Rose Marie
Publication Date: September 2, 2010
Picture Book; $13.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4535-3916-3
Picture Book Hardcover; $19.99; 28 pages; 978-1-4535-3917-0

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