A MUM-of-three has penned a book aimed at helping children to better understand people with non-verbal learning difficulties - after being inspired by her son.

Natalie Musker from Dentons Green is a qualified primary school teacher and mother of three children.

Her youngest son, Luke, aged eight, is autistic and non-verbal.

Inspired by him and the questions his classmates innocently have about how he has different skills and abilities, Natalie, 39, has written a book aimed at younger children (3-8 years) titled 'Can you imagine a world without words?'

The aim of the book is to try to explain what it is like for Luke and other children like him and raise awareness of non-verbal autism and encourage kindness and acceptance.

She said: "I didn't plan to write a book but when we got a diagnosis for Luke I started writing down things I was going through and thought maybe these things could help others.

"I currently work as a tutor and part time but I am a qualified teacher and know that many children have questions about children like Luke, so this is a nice way to explain it to them.

"Caring for Luke and learning about and living with autism has been emotional, challenging and exhausting at times but has ultimately changed my life and me personally for the better.

"Writing this book began as a way of expressing my own feelings about Luke's non-verbal autism, then explaining it to others and eventually telling Luke's story in a simple, child friendly way.

"My hope is that this book will be informative and will raise awareness and promote acceptance and kindness.

"The book is made up of things I've learned in the past four years and it's helped me to focus on the positives."

The book is being published by Olympia Publishers and will be available from February 25.