I have been thinking a lot about self advocacy lately, probably because I am working on a local program with Family Matters to teach kids how to advocate for themselves. When I discovered this book "The Littlest Inventor," I was delighted.
"The Littlest Inventor" by Mandi C. Mathis is the cutest book about a little boy who invents an entire costume to help him deal with sensory overload at the store. He goes to the store with his family, but cannot handle all the sensory stimulation that bombards him.
Upon returning home, he devises a hat with headphones, wears a weighted vest under his lab coat and puts on chewy dog tags. The story shows how he is able to overcome the sensory difficulties he has at the grocery store and has a successful trip.
The author tells the story in rhyme and includes colorful expressive pictures to accompany the story. But the best part of the story, in my opinion, is how the boy figures out a way to overcome his difficulties. I love how inventive and proactive he is and I think this sends a fantastic message to kids with disabilities.
I highly recommend checking it out!