Green Mittens Covered Jessica's Ears

"What A Powerful...

insight into the life of this person with autism.  This story is simple and true.

Two caring young girls extend a friendly hand, which leads to a beautiful walk through life for three new friends.  It did not take hundreds of pages to introduce me to Jessica and take me into her world. 

As I read, I began to feel her emotions, fears, goals and accomplishments.  I welled up with tears, dropped a few, chilled with unknown fears, smiled, laughed out loud and then, felt very content at the end. 

Do not let the brevity of Green Mittens Covered Her Ears - A Look at Autism mislead you.  The message is very clear.  It educates those who need it, comforts those who endure it and gives hope to those who think there is none."

Barbara Brinker Larsen

A Book About Autism


Excerpt from the book, GREEN MITTENS COVERED HER EARS - A Look at Autism:

Jessica enjoyed the feeling of playing with nasty plastics and other silly business. Nasty plastics were tiny pieces of electrical wire. She had a four-quart kitchen pot filled with thousands of red, blue, yellow, black, and other colored nasty plastics.

There were two lime green pieces. Jessica would sift the nasty plastics through her fingers, letting them drop back into the pot, and she was thrilled when the lime green ones surfaced. “Squeal,” she peeped. The silly business was a box filled with hundreds of one-inch-square pieces of paper cut from magazines and albums. She smiled to herself when she sifted through these pieces of paper because she liked the feel.

(Easter Seals states, “Children and adults with autism find it difficult or impossible to relate to other people in a meaningful way and may show restrictive and/or repetitive patterns of behavior or body movements.")

This fascinating non-fiction book by teacher Anna Saldo-Burke presents a glimpse into the world of autism and provides an understanding about autism for youths and adults. 

GREEN MITTENS COVERED HER EARS - A Look at Autism reveals how Anna and her twin sister influenced Jessica’s life and she in turn touched theirs.

The story begins when Jessica shared her autistic world and the sisters learned about her multitude of obsessions that annoyed or delighted her, and the different behaviors that they triggered. During high school, the sisters tutored Jessica and continued the relationship in a summer job as her companions.  Because people with disabilities have to adjust to the world, they constantly worked with Jessica on controlling her behaviors and gaining skills so she was more socially acceptable and independent.

While enlightening readers about autism the book educates them in areas such as looking beyond the obvious, and demonstrates there can be success for people with disabilities.

A 27-year veteran teacher in both Special and Inclusive Education classrooms, the author, Anna Saldo-Burke, sees the need to create awareness and provide understanding about others who are different. For teachers, Inclusive Education, in which Special Needs students are educated within General Education settings, is part of present day learning. As a result, it exposes our youth to autism in their schools and communities.

Did you know, younger children are accepting of others, but by grade 2, they begin to act differently toward those who are not like them? By third grade, students do not accept others who are different despite inclusive education, and programs that teach tolerance and acceptance. That mindset continues.

Throughout Anna’s lifelong friendship with Jessica, she has witnessed the stares and puzzled, inquisitive looks from adults. The research shows that parents want their children to be liked by others and they want their children to reach their fullest potential. GREEN MITTENS COVERED HER EARS - A Look at Autism shows us that people with autism, with our understanding, assistance and encouragement, can and do contribute to society. 

(United Nations-The Secretary-General-Message for World Autism Awareness Day 2010 states, “We can provide adults and children with disabilities such as autism the protection, support and full membership of an inclusive society.")

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