What We’re Reading
This week’s guest reviewer is Dale Twing, the Newaygo County Drain Commissioner and a lifelong resident of our area who owned and operated Sally’s Restaurant in White Cloud for over 3 decades.
He shares a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind chronicling the real-life story of his son Owen, who is autistic. While unable to speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies and...
...turned them into a language to express his feelings and emotions. The book tells of how the family uses the power of imagination to help with the unique challenges they all face. The story has been transformed into a Sundance Award-winning documentary film.
Life Animated: a story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism
I need to start by saying I have a grandson who is autistic. Most people really don't understand much about autism, but once you have someone close to you who has it you begin the process of attempting to figure it out and hopefully, help with the situation.
“Life Animated” tells of a family's struggles in dealing with their son who is diagnosed with autism and gives some outstanding insights into what is really happening to someone within this spectrum.
It is well written and structured in a way to give a unique perspective from all the people who are involved in the life of an autistic child as they grow up and struggle with the different way their mind processes things. It is very enlightening and insightful for anyone who needs to get a better understanding of one of the biggest mental health issues we face today. I highly recommend it to people who work in education, health care, mental health, and other human service fields as well as anyone who might have an interest in knowing more about the dynamics of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network reported that approximately 1 in 68 children in the United States has an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Locally, the Newaygo County Autism Community a group of parents, school professionals, and community members who actively seek to support and advocate for persons with ASD and their families can help with information and referral sources for those who might be interested or in need of services. You can visit their facebook page or contact them via email at NewaygoCountyAutismCommunity@gmail.com.
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