An interview with Kathy Hoopmann & J.S Kiss, authors of the award-winning childrens novel Elemental Island

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Elemental Island is the first written collaboration between bestselling author of Blue Bottle Mystery & All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome Kathy Hoopmann & exciting new JKP author (Judit) J.S Kiss. In this interview for the JKP Blog they discuss challenging the stereotypes around autism, bridging the gap between mainstream and special ed and winning the Silver Nautilus Award for middle-grade fiction.

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Read an extract from Luke Jackson’s brilliant new book Sex, Drugs & Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD): A User Guide to Adulthood

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14 years after the publication of his bestselling book Freaks, Geeks & Asperger Syndrome, Luke Jackson is back with the sequel, Sex, Drugs & Asperger’s Syndrome (ASD): A User Guide to Adulthood and you can read an extract from the book only on the JKP blog.
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2015 Family Choice Award Winner

The Pocket Occupational Therapist for Families of Children With Special Needs won a 2015 Family Choice Award!

Pediatric occupational therapist, Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, is the author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist for Families of Children With Special Needs. She was just 17 years old when she decided on her life long career. After shadowing an occupational therapist (OT) at a high school career day, her mind was made up. “I decided that day that’s what I wanted to do,” said Cara.” In fact, I applied to a university OT program as a junior in high school and never looked back. I never considered any other career.”

Little did she know that her passion, first ignited as a teen, would serve her so well in both her professional and personal life. Cara practiced occupational therapy, primarily serving an adult population, for years. It wasn’t until she had her sons and they were diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorder that she made the switch to pediatric OT. Her younger son has mitochondrial disease, a severe case of Eosinophilic Esophagitis and uses a feeding tube for nourishment. At times, he requires a wheelchair to get around.

Cara believes her experience as a special needs mom gives her unique empathy for her clients and their families. “When I give my clients a home activity, I have personally tried it and know it works,” said Cara. “I feel very blessed to have the chance to use my professional expertise to help my own boys.”

As the author of this book, Cara brings her expertise as a pediatric occupational therapist and mother of two special needs children to parents, caregivers, families, and educators in an easy-to-read, easy-to-follow format. “I hope my readers will use the book during many times. For example, this week their child may be having difficulty with washing hair…next week it may be handwriting. The book is designed so that families can pick up the book and find exactly the help that they need.”

“I was surprised and honored to receive the nomination. I’m quite proud of the book and hope that this award will help readers to learn about the benefits of occupational therapy.”

For more information about Cara, visit her website at www.PocketOT.com.

Five JKP/SD Books Win Medals in the 2013 Living Now Book Awards!

The Living Now Book Awards are designed to honor life-changing books, bringing increased recognition to the year’s very best lifestyle, world-improvement and self-improvement titles.  The awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of books that enhance the quality of life. The gold, silver and bronze medalists in the 2013 Living Now Book Awards highlight titles that represent some of the fastest-growing segments in book publishing today.

We are proud and excited to announce that three books from Jessica Kingsley Publishers and two books from our Singing Dragon imprint have been selected as Medal Winners!

From the Jessica Kingsley Publishers list…Finding Your Own Way to Grieve

Gold Medal Winner in Grieving/Death & Dying
Finding Your Own Way to Grieve: A Creative Activity Workbook for Kids and Teens on the Autism Spectrum
by Karla Helbert

Bronze Medal Winner in Family/Parenting
The Asperkid’s Launch Pad: Home Design to Empower Everyday Superheroes
by Jennifer Cook O’Toole

Bronze Medal Winner in Meditation/Relaxation
Meditation for Aspies: Everyday Techniques to Help People with Asperger Syndrome
by Ulrike Domenika Bolls

From Singing Dragon…Ten Methods of the Heavenly Dragon

Gold Medal Winner in Enlightenment/Spirituality
Ten Methods of the Heavenly Dragon
by Robert Sheaffer

Bronze Medal Winner in Exercise/Fitness/Yoga
Mudras of India: A Comprehensive Guide to the Hand Gestures of Yoga and Indian Dance
by Cain Carroll and Revital Carroll

Jessica Kingsley Publishers/Singing Dragon would like to congratulate our 2013 Living Now Book Award Winning authors.

For more information on Living Now Book Awards or to see the full list of 2013 Medal Winners, please click here.