World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognised day on April 2 and Kylee Matson, Perth mum, is making her debut as an author to advocate for acceptance.
Kylee Matson inspires great hope for families who are raising children who are on the Autism Spectrum Disorder(ASD).
“My son was non verbal until age 4 . When I first realised that Oakley was on the spectrum I promised myself that I would do everything in my power to give him the chance to be his best.”
“I am a strong advocate for early intervention and also for teaching peer sensitivity. My son has achieved great success in his artistic talent as well as gaining acceptance in his school community. At age 11 he was voted as Student Councillor being selected from 17 candidates where 5 were chosen. He got the most amount of votes” said Mrs Matson
Kylee has joined forces with social enterprise Amazing Smart Kids who also advocate for acceptance of different and unique behaviours by educating understanding of behaviours such as stimming and repetitive behaviour. They are launching Kylee’s first book in a children’s book series called “Repeat Pete, A Pirate With Repetitive Behaviour”. They have chosen World Autism Awareness Day as the first launch of this delightful children’s series.
” The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) community are very excited by Kylee’s book. There is very little in children’s literature that talks about stimming and repetitive behaviour. Kylee has done an exceptional job on depicting what it feels like to be affected by ASD. A picture speaks a thousand words and her illustrations of Repeat Pete and his inner world show what it feels like to be autistic. What is particularly endearing is Kylee’s son drew the pirate character at the age of 5.” says Mrs Atwell, founder of Amazing Smart Kids.
“Based on Kylee’s great success in teaching the school community about her son and the evident acceptance that has been achieved, we believe that our aim of building a strong community that focuses on understanding unique differences and advocating acceptance starting at a young age, is vital for the future that awaits the world” said Mrs Atwell
“The number of families that are now affected by ASD and other neurological issues is on the increase. We need to be able to develop practical solutions to help improve the quality of life for all involved. “
“Starting in April, the month for Autism Awareness we are doing some local book launches. We are also making available free membership to the Amazing Smart Kids Club as a way for families to join our community”