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Friday, 21 July 2017

Interview With Author Charlotte Olson


Charlotte Olson is the author of a fantastic new range of children's books which promote the awareness of autism through fun and interesting stories.

I recently got sent a copy of a new children's book called 'Suzie goes to the hairdressers'. It is the story of an autistic girl called Suzie and her experience of going to the hairdressers. I got the chance to interview the author to find out all about her new range of children's books.






Charlotte Olson

What inspired you to write the books?


My son was my inspiration behind the books. I thought if I can share my experiences and help others, it would be a really useful thing to do. The books are based around our experiences with Autism and so many children on the spectrum struggle with changes.

The book 'Suzie goes to the hairdressers' is all about an autistic girl called Suzie and her experience of going to the hairdressers. Tell us about Suzie.


Suzie is a character I made up in my college days. She is an only child and tries new things, even if she can sometimes worry about them. Her best friend is Sammy.

Have you always wanted to be an author?


I never imagined I would be an author. I have always worked with children and I am a qualified Nursery Nurse. It just happened. I saw a chance and I took it. There was a gap that needed filling and it became possible.

How many books have you written?


I have written 14 books and published 8. 

Why do you think children with autism struggle to go to the hairdressers?


I think going to the hairdressers is so difficult for them because many children on the spectrum have sensory issues with sounds, smells and touch. Something that is "cutting" is quite daunting to many. We had a friend that would come to the house and cut William's hair. As soon as she arrived at the door, he knew. He would cry and scream, 'No hair, no hair!' It was awful for him and for us as parents, but back then, we had no idea he was autistic or that he had sensory overload.

Do you have any tips for children with autism, their parents or hairdressers regarding a trip to the hairdressers?


Preparation is key. Discuss and talk through what might happen. Make the hairdresser aware of your child's needs. Get the hairdresser to interact with your child and use lots of praise. Remain calm (not always easy) and take it one step at a time. Do what suits the child best.

What do you hope people reading this book will get out of it?


I hope reading this book can help by making the whole experience easier to manage and be less anxious for children. If Suzie can help, I know I have done my job.



Suzie and Sammy.

To read my review of 'Suzie goes to the hairdressers', click here.

If you would like to find out more about Charlotte Olson's books, or to purchase them, head over to her website www.suziebooks.co.uk .







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