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Celebrating brain diversity through one powerful story

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures is a sweet, intelligent book that celebrates diversity of thought and mind – including how thinking differently can lead to the most imaginative and clever ideas.

 

If you’ve ever felt different, if you’ve ever been low,

If you don’t quite fit in, there’s a name you should know…

TEMPLE GRANDIN’s that name!

 

And one you won’t quickly forget after reading this touching true-life story!

Temple was born long before anyone knew much about autism. However, at a young age she realised that the way she saw the world, including how her mind filled with photos and pictures instead of words and numbers, was different to the kids around her.

But instead of feeling embarrassed or angry, Temple used her unique brain and her love of animals to create a wonderful invention, the cattle hugging machine – a special device used by farmers across the globe that allows cows to feel safe and secure and keeps them calm, even when they’re feeling afraid.

Combining lyrical language, beautiful illustrations and an inspiring story, this book is perfect for any child who feels different, whether because of autism or any other brain disorder.

Most importantly, it’s a reminder for every reader that we’re all different – and that often includes the way our brains work.

Thankfully for the world (and for cute cows everywhere), people like Temple exist so the rest of us can be awed and inspired by their unique way of thinking and seeing the world – including their amazing ideas and inventions!

The Impact of Illiteracy and the Importance of Early Intervention

Three billion people around the world struggle with basic level reading, writing and literacy. Studies revealed that those excluded from the education system at an early age often remain disadvantaged for the rest of their lives.

Maybe Tomorrow?

The childrens book Maybe Tomorrow? explores the themes of loss, grief, and the value of a caring friend in a gentle and sensitive way. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced hardship or grief, from the death of a loved one or a pet, to a friend moving away, or the transition to a new home or family situation.

The Power of Play

More than just a chance to have fun, play is serious business when it comes to a child’s development. Card games and board games can help teach your little ones academic, social, and emotional skills that they will carry with them throughout the rest of their lives.

International Day of the Girl 2021

Every year on October 11th, the world is called to recognise the challenges that girls face and their potential to bring about change. Here is a list of 5 girls whose stories need to be heard.

5 Books That Encourage a Growth Mindset

Developing the right mindset early on is crucial for a successful, happy life. Here are five wonderful children’s books which encourage a growth mindset – which book will you read first?

Every donation matched for 24 hours

 

Across Australia, more than 30,000 children living in foster care won’t graduate from high school. The effect of bouncing from home to home often results in failure to reach literacy and numeracy benchmarks.

For over 15 years The Pyjama Foundation has been actively working to change this. By recruiting and training committed community volunteers the Foundation can help children in care thrive.

Today is International Giving Tuesday. To celebrate, Direct Connect Australia and Prism Surgical will match every donation made to The Pyjama Foundation for 24 hours. Therefore, this will double the already incredible impact a donation makes to ensuring more children can be supported in 2020.

Foundation CEO and executive director, Bronwyn Sheehan, is blown away by the support for the Christmas Campaign.

“We are always amazed by the support received at Christmas, but this year has been made extra special with the opportunity to match all donations for one day only,” she said.

“This is a chance for the community to make an even bigger impact with their donation, and to help us change the direction of a child’s life.”

It costs $800 to train every new Pyjama Angel. By raising $40,000 in donations for the 2019 Christmas Campaign, The Pyjama Foundation will be able to train 50 Pyjama Angel’s and, above all, support more children in foster care.

 

HOW TO DONATE

Head to our Christmas Appeal to make a donation which will be instantly matched* and have double the impact on a child who deserves it most this Christmas.

*Up to the value of $10,000. Donations made on 3 December for 24 hours only.