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A Parents’ Guide to Early Autism Intervention

“A Parents’ Guide to Early Autism Intervention” by Kimberly Kaplan

An autism diagnosis can be devastating for any family.

My child received an autism diagnosis in 2004. Our family has lived within the autism community ever since. My book, “A Parents’ Guide to Early Autism Intervention,” was written to be a guide from one parent to another. It details experiences with evaluations, diagnosis, services, and autism advocacy.
What I know is this—you’re scared and you don’t know what the future holds for your child.
If you’re thinking something may be wrong with your child but you’re not sure what it is, if you’re about to have your child evaluated for the first time, or if you’ve just received an autism diagnosis for your child, this is the book for you.
I have been there. I purposely provide practical advice from a mom whose child began services at fifteen months of age. I evolved from scared with no knowledge of autism to an autism advocate mom who helps others just like you.
If you buy my book, “A Parents’ Guide to Early Autism Intervention,” you are welcome to contact me. The autism community is an open community, we share information, advice, experiences, and we “pay it forward.” 

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two years of autism blog posts

 “Two Years Autism Blogs Featured on ModernMom.com”
by Kimberly Kaplan

Want practical advice about raising an autistic child?
I know what it’s like. I began my autism journey in 2004 when my child was first diagnosed at the age of fourteen months. At the time, I was scared and knew nothing about autism.
By 2012, I began to blog about autism. Each week, I discussed her experiences with my child in order to document them and promote practical information, but mainly I did it to help other families.
After two years of writing blogs, I compiled them into this helpful, quick read.
If you’re struggling with your autistic child—from social situations to school—try reading from an experienced autism mom. I not only have experience, but know many people in the autism community. I welcome the chance to help you.
If you buy my book, “Two Years Autism Blogs Featured on ModernMom.com,” you are free to contact me. I continue to blog weekly since my child’s diagnosis is for life, as if my commitment to helping others. I want to “pay it forward” as often as possible.

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Max and the Happy Prince

“Max and The Happy Prince” by Kimberly Kaplan

A fantasy tale about overcoming a disability.

Max is a crane—a large majestic bird—who gives up flying and his flock because of his crooked wing. He ventures out on his own to find out where he truly belongs in the world—where he fits in.

Max wanders into the town of Troubadour and meets The Happy Prince, a teenaged boy who has been trapped inside a statue by the evil witch, Marissa.

Being a crane, Max abhors being trapped. He feels sorry for the Prince. So, when the Prince asks him to go into the town and give away his gold, Max accepts the mission.

On his way, Max meets more new friends—an intelligent squirrel named Cora Brown, a sugar-loving town mouse named Mr. Mouse, and a happy, cute dog named Pinky.

The four animals embark on an adventure of epic proportions. Can seemingly ordinary animals defeat a witch? Can animals of different species become friends and learn to get along? Can they understand the needs of humans? And, can Max fly in order to save them all?

Max’s disability holds him back, until he realizes that others depend on him. Max must learn to overcome his deficits to save lives, and only then will he be truly whole.

“Max and The Happy Prince” is a story about friendship, love, and finding your place in the world.

“Max and The Happy Prince” is also a screenplay written by Kimberly Kaplan. It is available on Talentville.com, Inktip.com, Blacklist.com, and the International Screenwriters Association website.

“Max and The Happy Prince” was inspired by the Oscar Wilde short story, “The Happy Prince.”

Kimberly Kaplan has screenwriting agent representation. 

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Warsaw Freedom

  “Warsaw Freedom” by Kimberly Kaplan

If you were Jewish and imprisoned in a Nazi-controlled ghetto in Poland during WWII, would you smuggle out your child and lose them forever?
That’s the question posed in “Warsaw Freedom,” the story of Stefania, a native of the city of Warsaw who believes in smuggling out children, and Paulina, a pregnant farm girl from outside Warsaw who brings to the big city the only thing she has left in the world, her son, Henryk. Paulina will never give up her son.
Standing between these two women is Fela, a Polish social worker who works with the Polish underground and recruits Stefania to help her find kids to smuggle out of Warsaw. She wants to help the Jews survive, but her resources are constantly strained and her job worsens as the Nazis tighten their grip.
Life inside the ghetto declines week by week. Specific goods are taken from Jew, they are forced to live with strangers, jobs are hard to come by, and food rations are cut weekly.
Through all of this, Stefania becomes obsessed with smuggling kids out of the ghetto. She realizes that their situation inside is futile. The future—their children—must get out.
When Stefania becomes so frustrated by Paulina’s seeming inaction, she decides to kidnap the boy and smuggle him out.
Paulina finds out, but too late. She confronts Stefania but she’s interrupted by an Underground bombing raid. During the bombing, quick-thinking Fela grabs the two women and smuggles them out together.
Now, the women are forced to live together—outside of the ghetto.
Paulina hates Stefania for kidnapping Henryk. But, Stefania has a new obsession, Paulina’s baby. She vows to keep Paulina, and her unborn child, safe and alive.
Can these women exist without killing each other, or being killed by the Nazis? And, does Stefania have regrets about her work and the kidnapping of Henryk?
“Warsaw Freedom” is a dramatic read about survival in the worst conditions imaginable. Would you make that choice about your own kids?
“Warsaw Freedom” has been adapted to a screenplay called, “Warsaw.” It is available on Talentville.com, Blacklist.com, and the International Screenwriters Association website.
The screenplay, “Warsaw,” received the gold medal for the month of December from Talentville.com.
Kimberly Kaplan has screenwriting agent representation. 

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