Sam & Cuddles

Sam and Cuddles

Mariam Arida and Lainey Kerr
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 Sam & Cuddles was inspired by and made in honor of Yusuf Arida, a young 8-year-old boy with autism who is very dear to the author.  A lot  of the scenarios in this book were based of Yusuf’s own experiences and input; tying shoes, being nervous from loud sounds, and getting called out for his quirks. The book's aim is not only to give Yusef the motivation to be and do what he wants, but also to motivate other kids with autism . In addition, the hope is to show others that those with autism are as smart and capable of great things as anyone else.