What's It Like Be A Children’s Author? Erin Garcia Presents You Are Sensational!

by  Educate.Today

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The program's conversation will be guided entirely by the topics you wish Erin to address and the questions your students want her to answer. Your topic preferences and advance questions are due to us no less than three days prior to your scheduled interaction.

Erin’s books are about common experiences that aren’t commonly discussed. She is happy to share about those topics instead of or in addition to being an author. In her book Tiger Livy, she writes about childhood illness and hospitalization. In her book The Case of Sensational Stims, she shares about what stimming is and why it matters. It’s especially important for autistic and other neurodivergent people, but most people stim.  She is an ideal speaker for schools who prioritize and promote inclusion and empathy.

Some ways people stim are…

Singing/chanting/humming/making noises
Repeatedly touching a texture (soft/squishy/etc.)
Repeating a phrase/word over and over (echolalia)
Chewing on something
Flapping hands
Biting fingernails
Twirling hair around fingers
Cracking knuckles or other joints/snapping fingers
Drumming fingers.
Tapping pencil
Jiggling foot

Meet Erin in the Program Promo Video.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $170.00
Point to Point Premium: $150.00
By Request: $170.00
By Request Premium: $150.00


45 to 50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Homeschool/Family

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Primary Disciplines

Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Writing

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

1:30 pm CST to 3 pm CST M through F

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St Louis, MO
United States

Student and educator focused and standards-based, our interactive programs, videos and related curriculum resources authentically link students and the curriculum they study to individuals and organizations who are applying that curriculum in the real world. We offer on-demand interactive programs whose content and time frame are designed to best meet your students’ learning needs.

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Program Details


Introduction: Erin will share a video. Most people haven’t ever heard of stimming, but they have certainly seen it. Have you ever seen someone twirling their hair, biting their nails, or rocking back and forth? Those are all stims! When we understand what stims are and why we do them, we understand ourselves and others and can help support anyone who needs it.

Heart of the program: Read the book The Case of Sensational Stims to students.

Conclusion: A quick wrap up, reemphasizing important points of how we can understand stimming to be kinder to our peers and ourselves and understand each other better. Allow time for students to share learning or observations, and take final questions.


Participants will:
1. understand and accept that we all process information and emotions differently based on many things, including our neurotype.
2. will understand their own needs and other’s needs better, without feeling fearful or threatened, which will lead to a more empathetic and inclusive site/community.
3. will have a better comprehension of what autism is and how to accept and celebrate neurodiversity.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique,
descriptive details, and clear event sequences.

Common Core Standards Social Emotional Learning Standards SEL

Standard 1: Self-Awareness —Individual can identify their emotions, personal assets, areas for growth, and potential external resources and supports.
Benchmark 1A: Demonstrates awareness and understanding of one’s own emotions and emotions' influence on behavior.
Benchmark 1B: Demonstrates awareness of personal and collective identity encompassing strengths, areas for growth, aspirations, and cultural and linguistic assets.
Benchmark 1C: Demonstrates self-awareness and understanding of external influences, e.g., culture, family, school, and community resources and supports.

Standard 2: Self-Management—Individual can regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.
Benchmark 2A: Demonstrates the skills to manage one’s emotions, thoughts, impulses, and stress in constructive ways.
Benchmark 2B: Demonstrates responsible decision-making and problem solving skills.

Standard 3: Self-Efficacy—Individual can motivate themselves, persevere, and see themselves as capable.
Benchmark 3A: Demonstrates the skills to set, monitor, adapt, persevere, achieve, and evaluate goals.
Benchmark 3B: Demonstrates problem-solving skills to engage responsibly in a variety of situations.
Benchmark 3C: Demonstrates awareness and ability to speak on behalf of personal rights and advocacy.

Standard 4: Social Awareness—Individual can take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Benchmark 4A: Demonstrates awareness of other people’s emotions, perspectives, cultures, languages, histories, identities, and abilities.
Benchmark 4B: Demonstrates an awareness and respect for similarities and differences among community, cultural and social groups.
Benchmark 4C: Demonstrates an understanding of the variation within and across cultures.

Standard 5: Social Management—Individual can make safe and constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions.
Benchmark 5A: Demonstrates a range of communication and social skills to interact effectively with others.
Benchmark 5B: Demonstrates the ability to identify and take steps to resolve interpersonal conflicts in constructive ways.
Benchmark 5C: Demonstrates the ability to engage in respectful and healthy relationships with individuals of diverse perspectives, cultures, language, history, identity, and ability.

Standard 6: Social Engagement—Individual can consider others and show a desire to contribute to the well-being of school and community.
Benchmark 6A: Demonstrates a sense of school and community responsibility.
Benchmark 6B: Demonstrates the ability to work with others to set, monitor, adapt, achieve, and evaluate goals.
Benchmark 6C: Contributes productively to one’s school, workplace, and community.

State Standards

See above listed standards.