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Private 1 on 1 ELA Neurodiverse Tutoring : Engaging Personalized Tutoring Tailored To Your Neurodivergent Childs Interests


Kind of Spark: Witch or Neurodivergent?

This book club discusses middle-grade novel A Kind of Spark by award-winning, neurodivergent author Elle McNicoll. 11 year old Addie is an autistic girl who refuses to let witches go forgotten or herself to be silenced.
Kiera Astrid, M.L.I.S, M.F.A
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I come from a neurodivergent-affirming perspective informed by working with licensed neurodivergent consultants and nonprofit organizations as an educator, librarian, parent, self-advocate, and grant writer. 

I'm a City Chapter Leader and certified listener with a nonprofit with over 7,000 volunteers in over 50 countries that teaches and practices active, heart-centered listening. We listen in public spaces prizing human connection and as a path to end the epidemic of disconnection, cruelty, and loneliness. We believe everyone deserves a sense of belonging. 
55 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parents should know that Elle McNicoll's A Kind of Spark is a novel about an 11-year-old girl with autism who's living in Scotland and is misunderstood by her peers as well as her teacher. She experiences severe bullying, which includes peers who taunt her, telling her she's a freak and a "retard." There's discussion about the witch trials in Scotland in the 16th century, when women were dragged from their homes and tortured, hung, and burned for diverging from the norm. An adult assaults a child, a child bites an adult; kids fight and punch each other. Parents drink wine after a long day. 
The overall message of the book is positive celebrating differences and using your voice for change and inclusion. 


Kiera Astrid, M.L.I.S, M.F.A
Lives in the United States
I believe in the power of story to educate, connect, and heal.
87 total reviews
47 completed classes

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Stories are magical teachers. 

Through stories we learn about ourselves, each other, and our world. We're introduced to differences and reminded of our similarities. Stories open our minds and hearts. They comfort us when our abilities or... 
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