Who is Timmy?
Timmy is a turtle and life is a little confusing for him. He doesn’t quite fit in with his peers in the ocean or those on the land, he’s a little bit different and struggles to belong. After many rejections, Timmy learns it’s ok to be different, it just takes a little kindness and leadership to forge a true-blue connection that will spark a friendship.
Who is it for and why?
This is a story for primary school children, written by Richard Habelrih, a young man on the autism spectrum.
The story, inspired by his own experiences growing up, is about friendship and inclusion with a powerful anti-bullying message.
What's the backstory?
Richard initially wrote this as a puppet show which he presented to children in pre-schools and primary schools. The puppet show has been re-imagined as an animation by script-writer Sarah Hope and lovingly produced by Maitree House. The voice-over actors are all on the autistic as are most of the illustrators.
You want to talk about social justice?
This is a valuable school resource which not only shares a powerful message, but provides opportunities for young autistic people who have pursued their creative talents and collaborated to create this animation.
Not only as a school are you sharing the important messages of acceptance and kindness, you will be supporting the development of a social enterprise which is empowering and providing young people with employment opportunities. The autistic cohort who took part in the first episode will collaborate to write the sequels! They are very excited to mould their characters and develop their characters in future episodes.
So what's the deal?
The animation is available for schools and interested parties to purchase as a digital download coupled with a valuable resource in the form of workbook to help schools reinforce the themes presented in the animation.
The workbook is written by Emily Hanlon
BA Arts (Psychology). PostGradDip (Psych). Mpsych (Clinical). Assoc. MAPS