‘From the moment you began to grow, I knew that you would be just right . . .’
Children’s picture book Just Right for You offers a warm, optimistic way of introducing Autism to your child and embracing their differences.
Written by Reframing Autism founder and CEO Melanie Heyworth and with the brightly coloured, heartwarming illustrations of I am Cadence, the book’s Autistic creators bring a depth of insight through lived experience and passion to this work.
About the creators
Melanie Heyworth is an Autistic mother of three Autistic children. She has postgraduate qualifications in Autism. Mel is passionate about creating a better world for herself, her children, and the Autistic community.
Mel founded Reframing Autism in 2017 and has been running it ever since. Through Reframing Autism Mel wants to bring parents of Autistic children to a more accepting, optimistic and hopeful way of parenting. She firmly believes that social change can only occur when Autistic individuals are supported to explore and celebrate their authentic Autistic identities.
I am Cadence celebrates the strengths of Autistic neurology and neurodiversity, taking its name from twelve-year-old Cadence – an active, playful and bright Autistic girl. Cadence delights in writing, twirling, patterns, counting and creating. She has a great love for animals, being outdoors and socialising with her friends.
Her first published piece, ‘Autism is why I am different’, at just seven years of age, was made into the Spanish short film Acceptance (released 2016). She has since authored various short pieces describing her experiences of being an Autistic child.
In 2019 I am Cadence produced the short documentary Bouncing Words in collaboration with Reframing Autism. The documentary explores language development and communication in Autistic children who are non-speaking.
What Autistic advocates are saying about Just Right for You
‘This book is just right for us – well, really, we think it is just right for everyone, because there is so much information presented in such a fun and accessible format! This is a single source that provides AUsome validation for autistic individuals and an AUthentic opportunity for others to learn. Rock (and flap) on!’ – Amy Laurent and Jacquelyn Fede, Autism Level UP!
‘As an autistic SLP, one of my main goals is helping autistic kids understand and embrace their way of being. This book is perfect for doing just that! It explains autism in positive and simple terms, while teaching autistic children that they’re exactly who they’re meant to be. I’m so excited to add it to my collection!’ – Kaylen Randall, Autistic SLP, Randall Therapy & Wellness
‘I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at this beautiful book. It’s a wonderful story with an easily understood message about how everyone is Just Right as they are. It should be read to ALL children, not just Autistic ones.’ – Julia Hay, Neurodivergent paediatric OT, Julia’s Place
‘I like that there are Black children in the book. It has a good message.’ – Skylar, My Autistic Sparkle
‘I loved it – the colours and friendliness of the illustrations and positive vibe. Excellent!’ – Emma Dalmayne, Autistic Inclusive Meets
‘What if… Our children SMILED when they heard the word autism? 🤔
What if… Being autistic made our children feel PROUD? 🤔
What if… Our children had a script to tell their friends all about their UNIQUE brains? 🤔
My eyes leaked a little bit last night as I read Just Right for You by Melanie Heyworth. 😭😍😭
It made me feel fortunate to parent autistic children in a time when autistic voices are heard, published, and celebrated. It made me feel even more grateful that I can introduce autism to my kids in this loving, natural way. 💜
I want to send a personal THANK YOU to I am Cadence – Growing Up Unique! 🤩 As a mother of black and brown children (and one amazing AAC user), I don’t often come across books that my children can truly identify with. Your pictures are so beautiful and inclusive. I can’t wait to share them with my boys.
If you’re a parent of young autistic children, or if you’re a teacher/librarian, I highly recommend buying this incredible picture book. Thanks to Reframing Autism for continuing to boost autistic voices.’ – Meghan Ashburn, Not an Autism Mom
ISBN: 978 1 922452 99 3
Format: Paperback, 216 x 216 mm