Thursday, December 15, 2022

I Like My Headphones



I am so happy to announce that after months and months of work, "I Like My Headphones" is available on Amazon and the e-book copy will be popping up on various other online retailers over this next week.

This book holds a special place in my heart. The words started coming to me one Sunday as I watched my four-year-old struggle to make it through her children's church class for the very first time. She did great, as did the other children until the noise got overwhelming and I gave my daughter her headphones to wear.

Immediately I watched a wall came up. Her little classmates stopped interacting with her. It broke my heart. They weren't trying to be mean, but they didn't know what to do. They didn't know if something was wrong with her, didn't know if they should be worried, or if they could still approach her.

As a parent, this experience added to my growing pile of worries as I try every day to give my daughter the tools and confidence she needs as she goes out into the world. So, feeling inspired, I started this book. More than anything I wanted to write a story that normalized headphone use in a fun and empowering way. It touches on how headphones help people with sensory needs, and how a person is more than the tools they use. Like my daughter, the little girl in this book likes to play, learn, and make friends. And she likes her headphones.

My hope is that this book will help children, parents, and teachers support the sensory needs of those around them in an accepting and empowering way. 


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