Daisy's people mom is Kathie Smith and she loves dogs. She loves to see the magic in a child's eyes when connections happen. Her research helps her learn about how people connect to the world. Kathie writes these stories to help people feel confident and more comfortable in our everyday world.
Archie's people mom is Nicole. Nicole is Kathie's daughter.
Maddie's people mom is Kristie Smith and she likes writing and spending time in nature. She helps the author and the illustrator.
Maddie's people brothers are Reid and Nathan. Reid and Nathan are Kristie's sons.
Michele Gillman loves to draw. And spend time with her daughter and her dog Amber. She also raises her chickens Phyllis Diller, Betty White and five others.
The Daisy D book series is designed to help kids and their people learn the challenging skills of social interaction and communication. Research shows that those with Autism can create bonds with dogs easier than with humans. And we know that spending time with the family dog increases the production of dopamine and other feel-good neurotransmitters, reducing stress and anxiety while adding calm and trust in an environment.
Daisy's stories are part of the work Smith Kids, LLC does. Smith Kids (the company) represents generations of Smiths in our family who are teachers and educators; passionate about reading and finding their place in the world.
Grandma Smith spent hours reading to and listening to her kids read with her every day when they were young. She knew that screens couldn't replace the way we get all those neurons firing in our minds and that the simple act of reading would help us learn social communication and the importance of human connection. She taught that to her kids and we want to keep sharing that message.
A dog's ability to connect with humans is at the center of the Daisy series. Dogs are smart, loving and perceptive. Dogs can help a person of any age who struggles with social connections by lowering their stress levels, reducing anxiety, helping improve communication and building confidence.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Protection) reports that 1 in 59 children have been identified as having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a disorder often diagnosed at around 2-4 years old. While there is no cure for Autism, there are a number of tools which have proven effective in helping a person with Autism improve in communication, behavior, emotions and social interaction. One such tool can be an Autism Assistance Dog, like the dogs from 4 Paws for Ability.
4 Paws for Ability specializes in placing task trained assistance dogs with tracking skills. This invaluable opportunity to connect young people with these amazing animals is costly. So Daisy and her friends want to help too. For every purchase of one of our books, a donation will be made to 4 Paws for Ability, because, as former Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone said, "We all do better when we all do better."