Geordie David Fox is raising funds on Kickstarter for a children’s book with an autistic main character.
Pop Fantastic, (his 10 year old son, Oliver, who attends the Gibside School in Newcastle is nicknamed “Pop”) “is a fantasy, based in a world where an autistic child like Oliver can really fit in and fulfil his potential,”, says David; “The idea behind the books is to let children like Oliver make sense of the world around them, while also showing their friends and siblings what life is like for them.”
It can’t be easy raising a child with autism, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be wonderful. The hardest part, David reveals is that “other children don’t always know how to relate to autistic friends and classmates. It could be as simple as the child preferring to play alone, covering their ears when things get loud or not liking physical contact with others.”
“Also, they tend to flap their arms or rock back and forwards, which is known as stimming, and is a way to calm down. This can seem strange to others who don’t understand the condition.”
Growing up is hard to do even for the healthiest, happiest child and we all need a little inspiration from time to time to keep us going. In the books, Pop is a 6-year-old boy who discovers a magical world where the characteristics that mark him out as autistic in real life become special superpowers.
When Pop flaps his arms, he is able to fly; and his ultra-sensitive hearing can warn him of impending danger.
“It’s my hope”, says David, “that through these books, we can increase awareness and understanding of autism, whilst also telling stories that all children, including their families, will enjoy.”
David has launched a Kickstarter campaign to try to fund the publication of the first Pop Fantastic book; “”There is no shortage of reference material on this topic, but in an age where the number of children with an autism diagnosis is on the rise, I felt it was time for something informative, fun and engaging.”
Kickstarter is built for campaigns like these – we’re rooting for Pop Fantastic already.