September 6, 2016 — Pepperdine Law alumna Mandi Mathis (JD ’05) has published a children’s book, The Littlest Inventor. The book was inspired by her young son, who is autistic.
From The Littlest Inventor press release:
The Littlest Inventor is a new children’s book by Athens, Georgia attorney and Pepperdine Law graduate, Mandi C. Mathis, that was inspired by her autistic son and aims to expose the powerful tool of self-advocacy.
The Littlest Inventor has captured the importance of effective self-advocacy of an Autistic child whose sensory processing issues prevent him from successfully going to the grocery store. The external stimuli is overwhelming, and he is overwhelmed by an errand many of us take for granted. However, with his own self-awareness, access to the tools he needs, and support of his family, he turns a disaster into a huge success.
Recent statistics suggest that 1 in 45 children are now diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. This book is a positive message for both spectrum kids, who need successful literary characters like them, and neurotypical kids, who will likely encounter spectrum peers in their schools and communities. When we teach inclusion in our children’s literature, we are helping all of our children learn acceptance and kindness.
Additional information may be found at http://www.mandicmathis.com/