- 264 pages
- Black & White
- 6.0 x 9.0 inches
- eBook (epub, mobi, pdf)
- 978-1-4602-0883-0 eBook
- 978-1-4602-0882-3 Paperback
advocacy, autism spectrum disorders, dyspraxia, family, parenting, special needs child, special education
From Thomas to Train Conductor
The Story of a Special Boy
In 2010 Kirin Jacobsen walks across the auditorium stage to receive his Bachelor’s Degree. For his parents, Suzanne and John Jacobsen, this moment is more than a milestone – it is a celebration of Kirin’s courage to overcome enormous obstacles.
Follow the Jacobsen family as Kirin grows from a boy who passionately loves Thomas the Tank Engine into a wise and wonderful young man who becomes a train conductor. The Jacobsen family faces many challenges with medical professionals and educators, demonstrating the extent of the advocacy required to support Kirin into adulthood. Individuals with developmental differences and their families are constantly faced with ignorance, complacency, disrespect and misunderstanding. The Jacobsens’ story is shared to encourage parents to advocate for their loved ones, and inspire changes that will make a difference in the lives of these individuals.
Dr. Suzanne Jacobsen is a psychologist, educator and behavior analyst. She is an advocate for the rights of children with special needs, and the establishment of educational programs that allow them to reach their full potential. Her passion was first inspired by her experiences growing up with a brother with spina bifida, and grew when she found out her youngest had special needs. Over the last decade, Dr. Jacobsen has established three centres for the treatment and education of children with autism spectrum disorders and other complex developmental disabilities in the Vancouver area. She continues to focus on helping children with special needs excel while encouraging their parents to strengthen their advocacy skills on behalf of their children.
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