Meo The Pharaoh of Cats
Illustrated by Andrew Porter
"After AIT, Andrew’s hearing sensitivity has decreased to the point he is now able to eat at a noisy McDonald’s Restaurant without wearing his customary ear plugs."
About Andrew Porter, Book Illustrator
Andrew Porter is a nineteen year old young man who was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. Overly sensitive hearing is what brought Andrew to me (Connie Soles, AIT Practitioner) for Auditory Integration Training.
Connie says "While receiving AIT Andrew began to sketch Sarge, the cat whose curiosity brought him into the treatment room. I was amazed at Andrew’s drawing ability and was inspired to write "Meo: The Pharaoh of Cats" challenging Andrew to be the illustrator.
After AIT, Andrew’s hearing sensitivity has decreased to the point he is now able to eat at a noisy McDonald’s Restaurant without wearing his customary ear plugs. I
believe that Andrew is an inspiration to others who are on the autism spectrum. I predict that Andrew will have a bright future as a computer artist!"
About The Story, Meo The Pharoah of Cats
"Mrs. Soles’ childhood friend and writer Jesse Miller related his unique experience
with Sarge, his son’s cat. Sarge was left in Miller’s care as his
nineteen-year-old son, Taylor, was deployed by the US Army to Afghanistan. After
only six weeks of military service, nineteen-year-old Taylor was killed by a
female suicide bomber, and Jesse became Sarge’s permanent caregiver in Spout
About The Author,
majored in voice at East Carolina University in Greenville, N. C. with a degree in Music Education. She also holds an M. A. in Counseling from Hampton University. While in college Connie played “Maria” in “West Side Story” her freshman year. Her many experiences on stage, as well as piano, ballet, and tap lessons have equipped her with unique teaching abilities that have made her a very successful and popular teacher. Her teaching skills were challenged when scheduled with classes of autistic children. Teaching special needs children requires a trial and error approach which she believes is the reason that she was and is flexible, has honed her sense of humor, and is willing to try almost anything to reach student needs.
created a one-of-a-kind curriculum and became a distance learning instructor teaching children how to write original songs on a Macintosh computer and synthesizer during twice a week live educational broadcasts. Because of this telecourse she was invited to Moscow, Russia to teach Russian teachers of gifted Russian students the use of technology in the American classroom.
was named national teacher of the year for technology with her original curriculum developed on an Macintosh computer and synthesizer, although the contest was sponsored by IBM.
Upon retirement Auditory Integration Training to treat ADHD and autistic clients yielding amazing results.Soles created a non-profit organization, AudioHope, using a very specialized music -based intervention called