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I am doing my gratitude post because I do have things that I am grateful about even when things are not easy at the moment.

I am so proud of my son. He brainstormed and decided that he would help promote my book on his personal Facebook page. Not bad for a kid who is in middle school!  Here is what he posted:
“Autism awareness is something dear to my heart, to find out more go to www.authordswalker.com copy and paste this as u’r status if u like it.”

I am grateful that this giveaway along with my book, Delightfully Different is part of Danette’s Best of Best Series, Edition 5. I am grateful to Amanda at Rage Against the Washing Machine and to Trish at In So Many Words for reviewing and running giveaways of my novel. I grateful to Kajoli at Floortime Lite Mama for reviewing my novel and interviewing me about it.

This month’s series is a giveaway bonanza in honor of Autism Awareness month in the United States and all invisible special needs. The series includes fifty reviews so it is definitely worth a look. Just click on the banner or the link in the previous paragraph.

I ask for your continued support of my family with your positive thoughts and prayers. I promise to actually try to read and comment on some of your blogs this weekend as I have been so consumed with a personal issue that I am very behind in doing this. I want all of you to know I am so grateful to you.

I also would like to request that you pray for Jen at The King and Eye and her little boy who is undergoing more medical procedures to determine his diagnosis. Her last news was not good.

Blessings to all of you for your understanding and support!

Mahalo,

Sue

Insightful Book Giveaway for Autism Awareness 28

I reviewed The Uncharted Path: My Journey with Late-Diagnosed Autism by Rachel B. Cohen-Rottenberg.

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Rachel Cohen-Rottenberg’s book is an insightful gem that gives us glimpses into her life from early childhood to adulthood showing decades of struggles before she is diagnosed. She survives her possibly, autistic father’s harsh, abusive temper and her mother’s controlling ways. Elementary school’s social challenges are overcome by the game of baseball and being a “tough tomboy.” High school is harder as she sees herself “outside the social bubble,” yet again, until she finds her niche. This time it is her gift for music along with the ability to mimic others that saves her. Rachel acknowledges that analyzing social situations and figuring out human motivations has become a favorite pastime that along with list making is a survival strategy.

She continues to use these strategies through her college and graduate school years where she develops severe insomnia. She manages this with medication and Rachel goes on to have a successful career as a technical writer. She meets her first husband at a company softball game; they marry two years later. Rachel joyfully becomes a mother two years after this. Once again her organized lists and determination help her be a good parent while working around an inability to take part in loud and crowded activities with her daughter. Rachel continues to do well even homeschooling her daughter while working from home.

However, the effort it takes to overcome abuse from her childhood, ignore her sensory issues, and work at social situations finally takes its toll a few years after she divorces and remarries. Increased sensitivity to her environment causes a temporary home bound status while she and her husband strategize to find solutions. Rachel’s determination again pulls her through this, and she finally reaches a place of acceptance of who she is and becomes an advocate and inspiration for those on the autism spectrum.

Giveaway:

The winner will receive a copy of The Uncharted Path: My Journey with Late-Diagnosed Autism by Rachel B. Cohen-Rottenberg.

The book is available from Amazon.com.

Due to postal charges only United States residents may enter this contest.

Rules for Entries:

  1. You may leave a respectful comment on this post for one entry.
  2. Starting on April 15, 2010, you may mention this post and S-O-S Best of Best Book Reviews and Giveaways http://tinyurl.com/3pzn135 on Twitter and either include @dswalkerauthor in the mention or send me a message proving you did this for two entries.
  3. You may like my Facebook Page, Delightfully Different and mention S-O-S Best of Best Book Reviews and Giveaways begins April 15th at Help! S-O-S for Parents while indicating your interest in this book for two entries.
  4. Post comments at all three sites to receive ten entries into the random drawing.
  5. All entries must take place before 12 midnight Hawaii Standard Time on April 30, 2011 to be eligible to win.
  6. At least one of your comments must include an active e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.
  7. If I do not have a way to contact you or I do not hear back from you within three days, you will forfeit your win and another winner will be chosen.
  8. The winner will be announced on May 2, 2011.

As soon as the winner’s information is received, I will email their information to Rachel B. Cohen-Rottenberg, who agreed to donate a copy of her book and mail it to the winner.

Disclosure/Disclaimer: I reviewed this book from a copy I purchased through Amazon.com.  No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about the book!

Thank you to all those who entered this contest.  The winner is Melody of Life’s Twisted Stitches!  Melody I sent you an e-mail tonight.  Please respond with your mailing address before May 5, 2011 to claim your prize. 

Letters to Turn the White House Blue 5

What do you think would happen if everyone who blogs about autism spectrum related issues or who reads about it sent a letter to President Obama asking him to do this for two nights?  The nights are April 1, 2011 and  April 2, 2011 in honor of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2011.  I’m not sure where the idea started.  I first saw it on Facebook.  It might have originated at the Word Press site, Light the White House Blue for Autism. Yesterday I saw a post from Ms. Sergeant Major after AK Butler Try Defying Gravity brought it to my attention.  This inspired me to write my letter which I am posting below.  It is easy to contact the White House if you feel inspired to help too.

Mr. President,

I want you to know that I do appreciate the efforts you have made to help shine the light on bullying as my child on the autism spectrum was also a victim of bullying.  Therefore both of these issues are very dear to my heart.

My daughter’s autistic traits were there when she was a baby, but they went unnoticed until she entered school and even then she did not get the correct diagnosis until she was ten. Our experiences prompted me to write a short novel to educate others about girls on the spectrum in hopes of teaching tolerance of differences. I am asking you to please help me to get the word out by turning the White House blue on April 2, 2011 to shine awareness on Autism in hopes that this light will help someone else avoid our fate.

Mahalo for your help,

D. S. Walker

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Go here to see Taylor Morris’ video.

Taylor Morris and many others have worked to change the perception of girls on the autism spectrum as you just watched. However, we still need to do more.

April is Autism Awareness Month in the United States. I would love to see it be the month we really educate others about girls on the autism spectrum. They are still under-served and under-diagnosed which has been a recurrent theme of mine as you can see from my earlier posts starting in November 2010 by clicking here and then again on March third by clicking here.

Teachers, counselors, and parents continue to miss subtle signs of our high functioning girls. This can cause dire consequences to our girls’ self-esteem which predisposes them to other problems including bullying by others. I am working to change this as is Michelle Haney.Click on the link below to learn more about this:

RN-T.com – Berry students professor to present autism research.