My name is Kristi O’Callahan and along with my most amazing friend Naomi Fotovich we are looking to raise awareness for children with unique abilities, one book at a time. I have been a Special Education teacher for the past 13 years. In my experience of reading to my students and my own children, there are very few characters for special needs children to relate too. Special Senses is creating characters for children with unique abilities; characters that hold significant roles in everyday settings. We’re designing tools and resources that can be used to educate our “typical” children through stories of inclusion. Special Senses stories show friendships between typical children and those with Autism or a language disorder. Children learn to play openly with a child in a wheelchair or in braces and how not to be afraid or shy about the unique-ability of their peer. Special Senses looks forward to making our stories available in all early education classrooms and learning through play environments. Raising awareness for all children is a key to a world of inclusion, comfort, and acceptance. Special Senses looks forward to sharing this world, one book at a time.
Kristi O'Callahan is a Special Education teacher from the Hudson Valley, New York. While working in the field of Early Intervention, Kristi made the time to fulfill her passion of creating awareness for children with unique-abilities. The vision for her stories is to create a platform that provides resources for educators and therapists. A platform that creates feelings and appreciation of characters all children can relate to. Her Special Senses organization offers insight to both general and special needs children because they all deserve a special sense of identity.
In the story of Jacob and Sam, Jacob befriends an autistic boy at his new school. Jacob and his teacher work together to share Sam's world with his friends.
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Read each biography to learn more about each character! In the story of Jacob and Sam, Jacob befriends an autistic boy at his new school. Jacob and his teacher work together to share Sam's world with his friends.