Bumping along, day by day,
Little Cloud loves to play.
I have always loved to tell stories and make up fantastic tales. My son has High-functioning Autism (formerly Asperger’s Syndrome.) I had a hard time finding good social stories he could relate to when he was younger. I gained a lot of experience making up stories to help him understand situations and understand other people. I would often make up amazing stories on his favorite subject to help him understand things better. Once, I told him a story of a time-traveling tractor. He loved them.
Little Cloud was “born” on a trip from San Diego to Boston. I was talking to a delightful lady named Delores. She pointed out one lonely cloud out the window of the plane. The sky was as blue as a baby’s eyes, there were no other clouds to be seen. A story about the lost Little Cloud popped into my head. I grabbed my laptop and the first story was written before the plane landed.
Later, I realized the potential to use Little Cloud to help children deal with emotions and build social skills. On the way home from Boston, I wrote another story. At the urging of family and friends I decided to publish Little Cloud so others could enjoy his adventures.