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The Autism Whisperer Products FAQs

Laura Behrendt

~~~~HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY ORDER?~~~~

It will take 3-5 business days in my shop to fulfill most orders (for a custom order, possibly an extra 3-5 business depending on my caseload). Then your order will shipped and a tracking number emailed to you if you have provided an email address. If you are within the USA it is approximately 2-6 days for shipping. If you are OUTSIDE the US it really varies depending on where you are but approximately 5 days to 3 weeks.

**If your order is a custom social story, you will need to contact me about the waiting list prior to ordering and see where I am at. I will give you a more accurate date.

~~~~CAN I GET A STORY CUSTOMIZED TO FIT MY CHILD'S SITUATION?~~~~

Yes! If you find a story topic that fits your child or 'sort of' fits your child's issue but need to make sure a specific issue is addressed, or something needs to be worded a certain way... PLEASE let me know. I am happy to make these minor changes to a book. In most cases the extra fee is $5 or $10 depending on how much needs to be changed. To get an idea of what you should order please contact me BEFORE ordering. I do not just 'add pages' to the story. (If you choose this option, you will need to order your desired book PLUS the $5 or $10 Change Story option. I will let you know if what you are requesting is a Small or Medium change after I hear your request.)

~~~~HOW DO I KNOW WHAT YOUR SOCIAL STORY SAYS?~~~~

Easy! Just take a few moments to look at the listing. Then take a look at the photos. The photos are clear enough that you can read about half (or more sometimes) of the social story and get the feel of what it is about, maybe how it could be changed a bit to fit your child's circumstance, and if the book is either too old or too young for your child (this can be changed too!).

~~~~WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS SEVERAL ISSUES AND I WANT TO COMBINE THEM ALL IN ONE BOOK?~~~~

Umm, sorry no. Each book needs to address a specific topic and stay crystal clear on that topic. Most kids can't handle the input of several topics at once. So I can't make a combination book about 'Being Patient-Not Holding My Pee-Going to the Eye Doctor' book. It would be too confusing and not beneficial for a child in the least. So I have to break down the books into separate issues in order to adequately address them and input positive scripts regarding each issue.

~~~~WILL YOU WRITE A SOCIAL STORY FOR MY CHILD?~~~~

Sure, BUT... You must know that I will NEED your input. You have to be able to give specifics about the issue/topic. I can't write a story if you just say, "My child is afraid of green beans." or "Can you tell my kid how to play soccer?" What I will need to know from you is EXACTLY (or as much as you can surmise) what the problem is:

1) WHAT the issue is that your child is facing (i.e. hitting others, won't try new foods, moving to another house, etc.) Then I will need to know...
2) WHO is this book for? Is this for a boy or girl, what age, and what is their level of comprehension. This gives me some insight into whom I am working with.
3) WHY is this a concern (i.e. teachers are getting frustrated, need to prepare for an event, etc.) Then I would like you to tell me...
4) WHAT positive spin (or solution) do you want to give to your child (i.e. when you are frustrated instead of hitting others you will... go to your happy place, take a break, tell a teacher.)

5) TELL ME what you think the title of the book should be. This really helps me figure out where you coming from and want to head with the idea of this book for your child.

~~~~UGH, CAN'T YOU JUST WRITE THIS STORY FOR ME WITHOUT ALL THIS INFORMATION?~~~~

Boy, that would be miraculous wouldn't it? BUT A GREAT CUSTOM SOCIAL STORY HAS A LOT OF PARENTAL AND/OR TEACHER INPUT. I will be here to help guide and word things to get it right for your child. I can offer suggestions to help you develop your story and put it into words and pictures for your child. Only you know your child best and your input is priceless!

~~~~WILL YOU WRITE A STORY ABOUT ANYTHING?~~~~

Well I don't 'censor' the topics parents need a story for. However, if I don't know much about a subject and the parent can't give me enough information, then I simply can't write a story that would be beneficial. In such a case I would have to decline. I have only needed to do this twice: A parent asked me to write a book that would teach her child to play a specific sport. I just didn't know enough about the sport to even attempt such a book. Another time a parent asked me to write a story about the difference between two different religions. I didn't know much about either religion and didn't feel I would be able to represent it properly.

~~~~HOW MUCH DOES A COMPLETE CUSTOM SOCIAL STORY COST?~~~~

In most cases a complete custom social story will be $25-$35 depending on the number of pages and artwork or pictures needed to complete it. This is really very reasonable considering I am going to spend anywhere from 2-6 hours creating your child's very special book. Writing the story just for them, adding appropriate artwork to the story, editing pictures as needed. Editing, printing, laminating, rounding corners, and finally binding your book. Then shipping to you. Well worth it indeed.


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