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? Is there a chance that Manny actually belongs there? You bet.
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.
What do readers say?
– “Autism story is both riveting and informative:
– “I want more”
– “A must read for everyone”
Targeted Age Group: Adults – parents and teachers
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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.
One in sixty-eight American children has an autism spectrum disorder and one in every forty-two 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?
What if you could just read a good story and still gain ideas to try? Yes, life with autism has it’s struggles, but there are strengths as well and the fun parts that any family experiences.
So, the novel “Autism Goes to School” was born – a story about a single dad doing the best he can with his five year old son. The book’s full of the challenges inherent in autism plus strategies that make life easier for all concerned.
Autism Goes to School has won the B.R.A.G. Medallion award and was a Gold Winner in the Realistic Human Relations Fiction Book category of the Human Relations Indie Book Awards.
It’s followed by Autism Runs Away. When six year old Ethan gets overwhelmed, he flees blindly. One school has already asked him to leave, fearing that they can’t keep him safe. Will his new school be up to the challenge?
Book 3 in the series, Autism Belongs, is about Manny and his family. Manny is nonverbal and as he has grown, so does his level of aggression. His parents cope the best the can, remaining cocooned in their home, tiptoeing around their son. When he’s invited to go to school, his parents can’t believe that he’d belong.
In Autism Talks and Talks, Karen is a highly verbal 12 year old who find social situations hard. Join the kids and staff of Madson School as they learn and grow and welcome others with special needs into their midst.
The fifth book in the series, Autism Grows Up, shows what life too often becomes for high functioning young adults on the spectrum, and ways to make positive changes.
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