How I Motivated My Autistic Students to Publish 63 Books

Every Classroom Matters #184

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Can self-publishing change everything? For some autistic kids, it did. Parents started showing up at IEP meetings. Everyone started talking. And it wasn't all that hard!

Essential Questions in “How I Motivated My Autistic Students to Publish 63 Books”

  • How do you edit and publish books with kids of all ability levels?
  • What tools do you use?
  • How does the workflow?
  • How do I secure parent permission?
  • What are the benefits of self-publishing with kids?
Jon Smith's students have published 63 books! (probably more by now)  Jon makes book publishing approachable and doable. We can do this!


Educator Resources from This Episode

As teachers, we have to not be fearful of what could happen but focus on what this idea could become.


If you're going to fear anything, fear complacency, fear the status quo. fear doing nothing.

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2 thoughts on “How I Motivated My Autistic Students to Publish 63 Books

  1. Just a note: “autistic students” should probably be “students with autism” it is relatively unacceptable to refer to someone as “autistic” anymore.