Going to a Friend's Birthday Party

Many children with special needs, learning difficulties, or sensory issues, experience difficulties with activities such as attending birthday parties. Knowing what to expect by reading the life skills story may help tremendously. Birthday parties (especially large, noisy ones) can be particularly difficult for those children who have sensory issues, and whose systems may become overloaded from too much sensory input.

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Brushing My Teeth

Many children with special needs, learning difficulties, or sensory issues, experience difficulties with daily life activities such as teeth brushing. This activity can be especially difficult for those children who have sensory issues. The purpose of life skills stories is to describe the experience in a step-by-step format in order to reduce the child’s fears and state the behavior you expect from the child in a positive, upbeat way.

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Getting a Haircut

Go along with a little boy as he gets a haircut. Every step in the process (including the clippers) is illustrated with full-color photographs. He even gets a treat at the end of the story.

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Spec Tales: Life Skills Stories for Kids with Autism & Special Needs

are a series of individual child and parent-friendly books designed to give parents some ready-made and highly functional tools for working on challenging skills.

Upcoming Spec Tales Titles Include:

Using the Potty
Getting My Blood Drawn
Meeting Someone’s Pet

Spec Tales: Life Skills Stories for Kids with Autism & Special Needs is a series of individual child and parent-friendly books designed to give parents some ready-made and highly functional tools for working on challenging skills.

The Spec Tales Series is the brain child of Christine Ambrose (a freelance writer and editor) and Brenda Insalaco (a speech language pathologist). The two women met when Brenda began working with Christine’s son Dylan. The concept of life skills stories worked so very well for Dylan that Brenda and Christine decided they wanted to share these stories with all children with special needs who might benefit from them.

Artist and designer Anna Myers brings Spec, the Special Needs Puppy, to life with her warm and engaging illustrations.

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Photographed by Tyler Ambrose

Photographed by Tyler Ambrose

Spec, by the way, is a real black lab puppy. He is the Ambrose Family’s pet.