New Picture Book Encourages Readers to See Situations Through a Different Lens

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Debuting author Jacqueline Hughes announces the release of ‘I Wish You Understood’

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As a parent of a child with an autism spectrum disorder and an educator with a passion to make a difference for kids, Jacqueline Hughes felt the need for added insight and understanding toward the behaviors of children with special needs. This prompted her to pen “I Wish You Understood” (published by Archway Publishing), a picture book that encourages readers to see situations through a different lens.

“I Wish You Understood” is the story of a typical day in the life of a child growing up with an autism spectrum disorder. As a little girl, Lily’s actions are constantly misunderstood. She cannot communicate why she behaves the way she does. At the same time, her mother struggles to understand Lily’s behavior as much as Lily’s longing to justify it.

Told from two perspectives — that of the girl and that of her mother — the book encourages readers to think before they react. Hughes believes that having different perceptions will help one to take a moment to reflect and consider alternate possibilities before drawing unfounded conclusions that can cause more harm than good.

“My goal is to help family members, friends, and fellow educators realize that there is a beauty in perception that is often overlooked. How we see things will determine what we see, and ultimately affect our interactions with children that are struggling inside much more than we can ever imagine. I hope to help build a bridge between these two worlds — neither one nor the other more real than the other,” the author concludes.

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“I Wish You Understood”
By Jacqueline Hughes
Hardcover | 8.5 x 11in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781480874749
Softcover | 8.5 x 11in | 28 pages | ISBN 9781480874732
E-Book | 28 pages | ISBN 9781480874756
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jacqueline Hughes is an elementary education teacher and the mother of a child with special needs. She has taught elementary school for nearly three decades and has raised a daughter with an autism spectrum disorder. Over the years, Hughes has watched her daughter and countless children in her classroom struggle with social, behavioral and emotional needs. She has developed a passion to get to the root of the behavior and empower families and educators to make a difference for children who are not developing the way society expects them to. Her goal is to encourage individuals interacting with struggling children to view their behavior thorough a different lens. Hughes was also a founding member of a task force that funded and equipped a multi-sensory environment in the Wayland-Cohocton Central School District (New York) to provide a positive developmental impact for children in the district. “I Wish You Understood” is her first publication.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit or call 888-242-5904.

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