Developmental Texts Mission
Developmental Texts Researches, designs, and creates books that are real, relatable, and relevant so children who are reluctant, struggling, and striving can become content, accomplished, and happy readers!
Inspiration for my first book!
Thinking back to my time in a Special Education classroom for students with autism.
One day, my fourth-grade student sat patiently on the floor next to my feet, leaning her arms and head on a shelf.
The room was bright, and the books were of a variety of genres, levels, and interests. I scanned all the way to the top of the tall bookcase. I was trying to find a book at her reading level, meeting her very particular tastes.
But reading about dancing frogs and aliens in spaceships can be confusing for those who take in every word literally. In complete frustration I thought, somebody needs to write books for neurodivergent kids—they need to be real and relatable!
Now after extensive research, I write sensory-friendly high/low early readers that adapt the book to the child, just a bit, so they feel comfortable in the written world.
How I help.
I write developmentally inclusive books for neurodivergent readers who are not yet ready for traditional chapter books. Books that are found in elementary classrooms are designed for typically developing children and can be frustrating for some.
In my ten years as a Paraprofessional assisting students with unique academic and behavioral needs, I discovered that finding texts that fit their interests and reading levels was nearly impossible.
I address this complex problem as a parent, educator and researcher. I produce engaging texts that are accessible to students with learning, executive function, or sensory disorders.
The appearance, depth of language, and subject matter impact whether a student will be comfortable with a book. Building on the language that a student has acquired from their life reduces frustration when learning to read and improves comprehension.
I am publishing a series called Alex and Jordan Explore due out in 2023!
Check out my blog which features books, behavioral supports, academic modifications, and a few author musings based on my experience as a paraprofessional and Educational Consultant with Discovery Toys.
Bachelors of Integrative Studies
Summa Cum Laude (2020)
Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society
Golden Key International Honor Society
Macomb Community College:
Associate of Liberal Arts (1992)
Developmental Texts for Students with Autism;
Creating a Safe Space in the Written World