Alyson offers day-long and half-day school visits for students in third grade through high school, which include a series of 45-to-60-minute, interactive presentations focused on inclusion, dis/ability, neurodiversity, difference, and friendship. Alyson’s experience as an educator and her own challenges with scoliosis, body image, disordered eating, and ADHD inform her presentations. Alyson helps every student to build confidence, find their voice, and develop sensitivity for others.
To schedule an author visit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“From start to finish, Alyson had the students on the edge of their seats. They were riveted by her and felt comfortable sharing their own personal experiences, journeys and struggles. By the time their program with Alyson was over, it was clear she’d helped them tap into a new level of personal empathy that will inform the way they treat others and themselves going forward.
Parents and other visiting adults were inspired by her story and presence. Alyson is dynamic, sensitive, and more than capable of holding very inspirational and high-level discussions among students of all ages. We can’t wait to welcome her back to our school next year.” — Stephanie Tankel, Director of Education, Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C.
“Temple Shalom was thrilled to welcome author Alyson Gerber to our community! Alyson seamlessly understood the mindsets, challenges and sensitivities of our young people and created an inspiring and deep learning experience for them about friendship, inclusion, and difference. She created a safe environment for parents and young teens to share their challenges openly and honestly with one another. Alyson was a dynamic speaker, able to relate both to children and adults. By the end of her time with us, we were counting down to the release of her second book. We can’t wait for her to return and teach our community in the future!” — Rabbi Allison Berry, Temple Shalom in Newton, MA
“My 7th graders recently had a Skype visit with Alyson that I arranged so that they could talk to her about Braced for a marketing project they are doing on book covers, but as a result of Alyson’s warmth, humor and candor, the discussion quickly evolved into a dialogue about all facets of writing, revising and publishing. She engaged them with stories and observations about the writing process that made them feel a personal and genuine connection to her and her work and that elicited many gasps of insight as well as laughs. They have been talking about it ever since.” — Julie Ogden, The Pike School in Andover, MA
A typical program could include: *
- Alyson’s story and journey to self-acceptance
- Readers’ Theater
- Writing Workshop
*Programs are available for students in third grade through high school, as well as for families and adults.
*Rates are available upon request.
Learn More about Scoliosis
Scoliosis is an abnormal curvature of the spine that affects an estimated seven million people in the United States. While girls are eight times more likely than boys to need treatment, this condition affects children of all genders, races, and social classes. Scoliosis impacts children with congenital and neuromuscular diseases, but it is most common in healthy children, where it usually has no known cause.
Listed here are places where you can find additional information about scoliosis and how it gets treated:
- Curvy Girls Foundation, Inc.
- Scoliosis Research Society
- National Scoliosis Foundation
- Higgy Bears & Friends are designed for children who have scoliosis. Higgy Bears are available with back braces, rods, scoliosis activity suits and casts.
June is National Scoliosis Awareness Month. Help support scoliosis awareness, education, and early detection.
School screenings are important for early detection, and they are not available in every state. For more information about setting up a program in your state, visit the National Scoliosis Foundation.
Learn More about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects people of every age, gender, IQ , race, religion, and socio-economic background. While boys are three times more likely to have ADHD and tend to be identified sooner than girls, early diagnosis and intervention are important for all kids with ADHD. When left untreated, adults with ADHD are at higher risk for a variety of mental health challenges and the disorder can have a significant impact on their education, employment, and relationships.
Listed here are a few resources where you can read more about ADHD:
- CHAAD The National Resource on ADHD
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychological Association