Categories
Press release Publications

Book on Tourette Syndrome now an educational resource in schools

Book on Tourette Syndrome by a pre-school child advocating for inclusion is now an educational resource in schools across Singapore.

Tourette Syndrome and Me by six-year-old Zachary with Tourette syndrome and published by the EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF), is based on a heart-to-heart talk between Zachary and his principal, Ms. Josephyne Ho from EtonHouse Pre-School. The interactive read-along book comes with augmented reality (AR) features and will be distributed to 800 primary schools, kindergartens, and pre-schools around Singapore. It will also be available at public libraries and Molly, the Mobile Library operated by National Library Board to serve special needs students.

 

Tourette Syndrome and Me was first published digitally on social media in October 2020. It quickly caught attention from parents, teachers, and education leaders, expressing how meaningful the book was for children.

 

Very soon, ECF started receiving requests for this book to be shared with their school communities. To further its cause and enable more children to access this book, ECF raised funds to produce it in an interactive, physical format as an educational resource for pre-school and primary schools.

 

This book gives an authentic glimpse into Zachary’s fears and anxieties. “I didn’t want to go to school because I didn’t want my friends to see my twitching. I was worried that my friends would laugh at me.” When he realised that his friends’ reactions were because they did not understand Tourette Syndrome, he set out to create awareness amongst them about it. Encouraged by his principal and supported by ECF, he co-created this book, a process that has made him more confident and less fearful of the reactions from his peers. Through this book, he wanted to help others understand that there is nothing wrong with being different.

This book aims to:

Help children develop empathy to build warm, kind, and respectful connections with others

Raise awareness about different abilities and celebrate diversity

Create opportunities for adults to have sensitive and healing conversations with children

Empower children to inspire others

Ms. Josehyne Ho, Senior Principal of EtonHouse Pre-School 223 Mountbatten, who initiated this book, says, “I hope that more people can understand the potentially difficult social struggles and stigma, real or imagined, that children with Tourette Syndrome have to endure. I also wish for this book to offer parents with children who are in similar situations a platform to start conversations about how they can overcome their fears and talk about them with confidence.”

 

The book is being retailed at S$25 per copy for fundraising. All proceeds from the sales of the book will go to activities for underprivileged children. Get your copy here.

Categories
Publications

ECF publishes The Magic of Manners

ECF published an illustrative storybook that teaches the magic of manners to children through a fictional character named Manners.

 

The Magic of Manners is a charming children’s book about manners, written by Renee Sim and edited by Ng Yi-Sheng for 1-5 year olds. At every turn, this book reveals the magic of words like Please, Thank You and Sorry.

The key features of the book are:

Magical words of manners that should be a part of every child’s vocabulary

Bright, bold artwork illustrated by children of 223 Mountbatton

The fun and gentle narrative is perfect for reading aloud and a must for every child’s bookshelf. Chuckle along with your child, or encourage your young reader to read this book independently!

 

Each copy is S$25, including shipping. All proceeds go towards Teacher Everywhere, a programme that directly impacts underprivileged children.

 

Get a copy by filling up the form here.

Categories
Publications

ECF publishes Tourette Syndrome and Me

ECF published a heartwarming story about a boy diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and his pre-school principal.

This book is based on a heart-to-heart conversation between Zachary, a pre-schooler diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome (TS) and his principal Miss Jo. TS causes involuntary and sudden twitches or sounds. The book offers a glimpse into Zachary's fears and initial anxiety. "I didn't want to come to school because I didn't want my friends to see my twitching. I am worried that my friends will laugh at me." Through the process of creating this book, Zachary has become more confident; he hopes this little book will help children all over the world understand TS and talk about it too.

 

This Children's Day, let us remember that no matter our differences, every child should be seen, heard and respected. And every child, like Zachary, can become an inspiration to the next.

 

Purchase your copy here.

Categories
Media coverage Publications

Three free Covid-19 e-books developed by ECF

Our three Covid-19 children’s books earned a mention in a report about books inspired by the pandemic by the Straits Times.

EtonHouse Community Fund (ECF) has developed three free e-books and was mentioned in the Straits Times. The first book, A New Virus Has Arrived, was first released in January and has since been translated into 10 languages, including Chinese, Malay, Tamil and Hindi. The next two books talk about the acts of kindness and Singapore's contact-tracing team.

 

The key features of A New Virus Has Arrived are:

A very special book for children of all ages, even parents and grandparents

Beautiful illustrations that explain the facts about the virus, how it affects you, and how you can protect yourself

Printable activity sheets

Also available in Spanish, Greek, Bahasa Indonesia, Japanese and Vietnamese

They were all written and illustrated by EtonHouse creative an operations manager Amanda Cho, 35, who used rhyme schemes and drawings of familiar places like Housing Board playgrounds and neighbourhood supermarkets. All three E-books were written to explain the Novel Coronavarius 2019 (COVID-19) in a sensitive and meaningful way. In hope that these books open up opportunities for dialogue and learning, for both children and adults and build an understanding of the virus and its implications in our community.

 

Get A New Virus Has Arrived e-book by filling up the form here.

 

Access the full ST news article here.