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Something About Me and My Book:
by Daniel Stefanski
April 2011

Minneapolis, MN—Meet Daniel. He’s 14, loves golf and Star Wars. He volunteers at an animal shelter and wants to go to college to learn about computer animation. Daniel is autistic and just wrote his first book, HOW TO TALK TO AN AUTISTIC KID (Free Spirit Publishing, $12.99). Like every kid, Daniel likes to have fun and wants to have friends. But children with autism find communication to be one of their biggest challenges, which can be frustrating for autistic kids and for their peers. In the book, Daniel describes what it’s like to have autism—and how to be a good friend to someone who’s autistic. “I want to help kids without autism feel comfortable around kids with autism. I hope fewer autistic kids will feel lonely.”

One in 110 children and 1 in 70 boys are on the autism spectrum. In HOW TO TALK TO AN AUTISTIC KID, Daniel explains that while not all people with autism are exactly alike, they do share a few characteristics: difficulty with communication, a hard time understanding social situations, and the tendency to get intensely focused on one thing. The book answers many questions readers may have about their autistic peers, such as why does my autistic friend sometimes talk too loud or stand too close? Why won’t he look me in the eye? Why does it seem like my friend doesn’t understand what I’m saying? How should I act when we’re together?

With Daniel’s personal voice and direct approach, HOW TO TALK TO AN AUTISTIC KID offers an inviting, nonclinical look into the mind of an autistic kid. Classmates, siblings, teachers, parents, and grandparents of autistic kids can all benefit from reading Daniel’s account of living with autism. Daniel shows readers how they can reach out to autistic kids—be a hero and stick up for them if they’re being bullied, invite them to sit by you at lunch, or volunteer to be a school buddy.

In HOW TO TALK TO AN AUTISTIC KID will give readers the confidence and tools needed to befriend autistic kids. And with Daniel’s upbeat and often funny advice, they’ll feel like they’ve made a friend already.

About the Author:
Daniel Stefanski is 14 years old and likes to declare proudly, “I’m autistic and artistic.” At age four, he was adopted from an orphanage in Bulgaria and moved to his new home in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he still lives. Daniel loves reading and writing and animals, and volunteers at an animal shelter. A talented golfer, Daniel has participated in the Special Olympics and other competitive golf events. With the help of his mom, Daniel wrote HOW TO TALK TO AN AUTISTIC KID to help other kids understand autism and learn how to be friends with autistic kids.

About Free Spirit Publishing (
Meeting kids’ social, emotional, and educational needs since 1983
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Free Spirit is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and their educational needs. Free Spirit’s mission is to help children and teens think for themselves, succeed in life, and make a difference in the world.

by Daniel Stefanski
ISBN: 978-1-57542-365-4  $12.99
Hardcover  48 pp.  two-color, illust.
6. " x 8. "  for ages 8 & up
Contact: Elena Meredith
Free spirit Publishing

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At 3:27am on June 17, 2011, Author Aleja Bennett said…
Nice to meet you here in the world of book marketing. I'm Aleja Bennett Author of Ten paper backs and eight available on the kindle. Here is my fan page, stay in touch when you can. I know we both may have hectic schedules at times but I will always follow you back. Below is my fan page hope you like it and thanks again for your support it's appreciated very much. Enjoy the book video

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