Harper, a seven-year-old little girl that is typically developing, loves going to the pool. One day when she gets to the pool, she meets a new friend, a little girl who is also seven years old . She has no idea that this friend is any different than her. All Harper knows is she has a new friend that wants to play in her tube with her. They both love to swim at the pool and want to play together however, Emma has little communication skills. Emma can make sounds and not words and flaps her hands when she is excited. When Harper realizes she cannot communicate with her new friend she becomes determined to find a way to. In talking to her mom, Harper is told that Emma has Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lisa Jacovsky currently lives in her hometown of North Brunswick, NJ. She works as a Child Development Specialist with Early Intervention. In her job she is able to help children under the age of 3 with cognitive and developmental delays, sometimes with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has been working in the field of applied behavior analysis for six years and this is where she had inspiration for writing her very first book, Lets Talk! A story of Autism and Friendship. Her hopes for this book are to simply inspire families and their children to be open to anyone no matter their differences. She has written the second book and half of the third book, in hopes to make it a series. Lisa has always loved writing and hopes to use this way of expression to show the beauty that is in Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Lisa is also a Doctoral Level student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in her third year. Writing has taken her to this level and she is excited for the possibilities this degree will bring her. Her research interests include peer influence, choice and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She is excited to see where her writing and research will take her next.Read More
My inspiration for anything I write is always from real life experiences. In particular for Let’sTalk! A story of Autism and Friendship, I had been working as a therapist giving 1:1 applied behavior analysis services to children in their home. Many times, I would hear from parents or see that my clients had difficulty making […]
I talked a bit about the inspiration behind my first children’s book. There is a lot more in my background that I am going to being utilizing in my coming books in the series. When I began my career in 2014, I started actually working with adults living in residential group homes who had dual […]
The field I work is called applied behavior analysis or ABA for short. I am sure many of you are wondering what exactly that is. Some people say we are a sub-set of psychology and we do have some connection to psychology but have become a separate to field of our own over the years. […]