I started blogging seven summers ago with the aim of jump-starting the writing of a book about our adventures, our journey, raising our 15 1/2 year old autistic son Charlie. I’ve gone a lot further with blogging than I ever thought I would but with another summer drawing to a close, the book about Charlie remains unwritten.
One reason is that, I can’t figure out what the end point would be as, everyday, Charlie changes and so whatever might be the focus of a book about him does too.
Another is that, in contrast to when Charlie was diagnosed with autism in July of 1999 at the age of two, there are far more books (not to mention blogs) about children on the autism spectrum and with disabilities and by autistic authors, just as there are far more individuals diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder today.
As a mother, I’ve been especially drawn to books by women whose children have disabilities. Regardless of a child’s diagnosis, their experiences –their lives full of meetings with special ed personnel, specialists’ appointments and worry about how to fill long hours for children who struggle mightily with peer relationships — are mine. Here are three books, all by mothers, that have resonated with me as I contemplate the start of another school year for my beloved boy.
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