Manny is not like other children. He doesn’t talk. He doesn’t leave the house. His parents desperately try to arrange their world so that Manny does not get upset. Because, when he does, well, the aggression was getting worse. Too many times Tomas had to leave work to rescue his wife from the havoc of their son’s meltdowns. At ten, Manny was becoming difficult to handle.
Passing by a bakery made all the difference. There, they met people who understand autism, along with its strengths and challenges. They learn ways to help Manny communicate and socialize and to have his needs met. Dare they consider letting him go to school?
Meet Kyle, Ben, Mel and the other characters you read about in the Amazon bestseller Autism Goes to School and see how they’ve grown and progressed.
Author Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell has worked in schools as a teacher, counselor and consultant for thirty years. Her Master’s and Doctorate degrees focused on autism. She has delivered workshops and seminars to thousands participants including at national conferences.
What do readers say about Autism Goes to School?
“A gem of a book”
” A true delight – Highly, highly recommended
“Just couldn’t put it down”
“Highly informative and extremely helpful – Couldn’t take my eyes off it”
“I loved this book from beginning to end – Just plain awesome”
“I could feel the author’s passion – What a great way to learn about autism”
“Entertains, entrances & educates: 3 for the Price of One!”
“This wonderful book is about a Dad, Ben, meeting his autistic son Kyle for the very first time, when Mom dumps him suddenly on his doorstep, saying she can no longer take care of him. Through the eyes of Ben, we get a glimpse of both the challenges and joys of being a parent of a child who sees the world in different ways.”
“Unlike some stories that speak of autistic children, this one brings a wealth of hope and information! As we look over Ben’s shoulder, we see a glimpse of the learning tools currently being used in the classroom today, and we get glimpses of things that could be helpful in the day to day life of an autistic child.”
“I appreciated this story on several levels. First I enjoyed the story of Ben discovering what it means to be a parent, especially a single parent. Second, I enjoyed watching Kyle find his own means of success in this new and upside down world. “
“I enjoyed the glimpse into classroom life and options available today. Finally I enjoyed the quiet romance between Mel and Ben.”
Targeted Age Group: Adults
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Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell has worked as teacher, counselor, psychologist and consultant for several decades. Her Masters and PhD. degrees focused on autism spectrum disorders and helping kids to reach as high a level of independence as possible.
The Centers for Disease Control announced that one in sixty-eight American children has an autism spectrum disorder and one in every forty-five boys. Every teacher will have a child with autism in their classroom. Every coach will meet a child with autism. If autism has not touched your family, it will affect your friends or neighbors.
When parents receive the news that their child has autism, they spend countless hours researching the subject, usually at night, after an exhausting day. There is a lot of information out there, much of it by competent authorities. But after a hard day of work and family responsibilities, who wants to read a textbook? Does a book have to be hard slugging for the reader to learn new things? What if you could just read a good story and still gain ideas to try?
So, the novel Autism Goes to School”was born – a light read aimed at a general audience. Yes, life with autism has it’s struggles, but there are strengths as well and the fun parts that any family experiences. The book’s full of the challenges inherent in autism plus strategies that make life easier for all concerned. It’s a story about a single dad doing the best he can.
Autism Goes to School is Book One in the Schools Daze series. “Autism Belongs” continues the story. In June 2016, “Autism Runs Away” will be published. Then, watch for “Autism Talks and Talks” and “Autism Grows Up. Join the kids and staff of Madson School as they learn and grow and welcome others with special needs into their midst.
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