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Leonia Mom Pens 'Social Story' For Kids On Autism Spectrum

Rebecca Wilson of Leonia was inspired to write "The New Place" after caring for her nephew and children in the classroom.
Rebecca Wilson of Leonia was inspired to write "The New Place" after caring for her nephew and children in the classroom. Photo Credit: Rebecca G. Wilson

LEONIA, N.J. — A Leonia author is hoping her new book will help make the transition when traveling less overwhelming for children on the autism spectrum.

Rebecca Wilson got the idea for "The New Place" after years of babysitting her nephew, who is high-functioning, and working with children who have Asperger Syndrome.

"I've seen the terror that some for these kids on spectrum can have over any new experience," the author said, "and it’s sad."

Wilson, who self-published the book, photographed her two sons on airplanes, in hotel rooms and cars.

She paired the pictures with simple text and likened the simplistic flip-book to a "social story" — a learning tool to help parents with children on the spectrum.

We see the airplane we will fly on to get to the new place. I am excited and a little nervous but I stay calm.

Wilson has a young adult novel in the works but is hoping "The New Place" will make a difference for someone, somewhere.

"If it makes kids feel better," she said, "then that's all I want."

"The New Place" is available on Kindle for 99 cents.

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