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Our Story

A book was born...

Tara Dowd is a mother of three who chose to use her professional talents to help parents eliminate the social awkwardness of nose picking with their children. Tara has a degree in Marketing and a Masters Degree in Clinical Nutrition and used her past publishing and teaching experiences to develop "No More Boogers". As the parent of a special needs child, Tara relied on social stories to communicate social situations to her non-verbal child with autism. When her autistic son, along with her 2 year old daughter, responded well to the hand written story about boogers, she knew it needed to be shared with others. Collaborating with the talents of John Stokes, tattoo artist, and owner of Stone Crow Studio LLC and Jill Levins, graphic designer, "No More Boogers" was born.

Using Social Stories for Children & Non-Verbal Individuals

Social stories are stories about a situation presented in word and/or picture form in order to convey an idea or give instructions. They are used for young children, non-verbal individuals or those who are visual learners. When I start a story, I give simple instructions, keeping one idea per sentence. The wording is simple and to the point. Although the story seems simple, it becomes a invaluable teaching tool. Social stories are meant to teach in a way that is easy to understand. In the photo example to the left, it is obvious what the child is to do. Throw the tissue away. Simple. - Tara Dowd

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