Live Local Give Local

Local boy with autism creates and publishes book with his mom, hoping to educate others

Live Local Give Local

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-Rylan Vogelzang, a 13-year-old boy from Grand Rapids, thrives and also struggles with Autism and Tourette Syndrome. Knowing it may be hard for some people to understand what it feels like to have Autism, he decided to write and publish a book with his mother. Rylan wanted to help people understand what goes on in his head during particular feelings. Together with his mother Gwen Vogelzang, they’ve published their first book, If I Squeeze Your Head I’m Sorry. Jordan Carson had the opportunity to talk to the mother and son team about their book. Click the link above to watch.

If I Squeeze Your Head I’m Sorry will uplift and educate it’s readers, while inviting readers to enter the brain of a child who sees, feels, and understands the world from a unique perspective. This book reminds us how important it is to listen to each other so we can truly understand one another. If I Squeeze Your Head I’m Sorry showcases vivid pictures and creative descriptions.

The Vogelzangs have put together an e-curriculum for teachers and parents that can be used digitally or printed. Each page of the guide corresponds with a page of the book and provides lessons and activities aimed at celebrating the unique ways students navigate the world, and their learning environment.  See more on the e-curriculum guide, here. See pages from the book, below.

Follow on Instagram.

Purchase If I Squeeze Your Head I’m Sorry

“I hear all the noises, like every sound”…
Photo: AMY DeYOUNG
Through the eyes and words of Rylan, his experience of emotions and how he describes them.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

About Jordan Carson

More Live Local Give Local

Join WOTV 4 Women on Social

Facebook Icon
Twitter Icon
Pintetest Icon