APRIL: AUTISM MONTH

AUTISM :

  • It affects 1-270 people around the world.
  • A complex brain disorder.
  • Affects social, behavior, and communication.

My book, Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love, is available on Amazon, Barnes, and Noble, and signed copies are available from the author. This book tells the story of Carol Tucker, who started the first charter school for autism in the state of Florida. She dedicated her life to helping children and adults with autism and other learning disorders.

AN EXCERPT:

Carol began her quest for Justin which continues to this day

She recognized Justin’s autism before his physicians or social workers. She saw that there was more to that young child than other professionals did. Carol was always seeking the newest information about conditions, behaviors, treatments, and therapies for both boys.

Teaching is in her blood. Her aptitude to teach, interact, and help any handicapped child or adult is remarkable. Her assertiveness and self-confidence led to Justin’s admission to the Morning Star Catholic School. She fought for improved classrooms and developed behavior plans and teaching methods.

Carol’s many gifts came together with the planning, development, and survival of the Princeton House Charter School (PHCS). Her leadership skills proved invaluable with the start and continued growth of this school as one of its founders and Director. Being a leader requires integrity, honesty, communication, and empathy. Carol used those attributes when in contact with various government agencies, public and private officials, and those parents with special needs children.

REVIEWS:

  • This book is both a resource and an eyeopener. Challenging, heartwarming, and true.
  • This is a great book that I recommend for those looking for advice and those who want to be inspired and understand.
  • The love and care this book represents are so amazing! Carol and her family have done amazing things for the special needs children they have come across in their lifetime. 

Carol Tucker, had requested that ALL PROCEEDS GO TO GYNECOLOGICAL CANCER RESEARCH. Unfortunately, Ms. Tucker passed away from ovarian cancer in October 2022.

Thank you for your support and interest in autism.

A TRIBUTE TO CAROL…

When you meet someone very special, who touches your heart deeply, you are very blessed. You will learn, laugh, and cry together. You will feel like you have known each other forever…and I believe at a soul level, you have. When I met Carol Tucker a few years ago, a deep bond was formed.

She loved the season of autumn, especially when she was at Maggie Valley, North Carolina. Carol always decorated for Halloween, welcomed trick-or-treaters, filling her home with the smells of apple cider, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon. Preparing and serving a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends was always brought a smile.

In memory of Carol Tucker, Oct. 27, 1950-Oct19, .2021
Two words describe Carol Tucker: educator, advocate.
   She taught those children with a variety of learning disabilities. Using her intelligence and creativity she designed lesson plans designed to help, educate, encourage, and inspire. 
   As the co-founder and director of the Princeton House Charter School, she was an important leader in providing the best education for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
   Her role as a mother was always teaching her four children with unconditional love how to live to their fullest potential.
   Carol did not let her diagnosis of ovarian cancer slow her down. She advocated for women to know about this lesser known cancer, designed a newsletter, volunteered for every event, provided support to others by listening to those newly diagnosed, and giving them hugs, encouragement, and love.

Her book, Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Love and Acceptance, is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book distributors. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH.

EINSTEIN, DICKINSON, AND AYKROYD…

What do these three famous people have in common?

They are just a few of MANY who have or had autism. The symptoms vary and each individual adapts to their condition differently. Their education, the parent’s acceptance and understanding, the type and severity of symptoms, and society’s reaction are all important in how those with autism adjust and adapt.

According to the DSM-V, this condition is now called Autism Spectrum Disorder, though many of us just say autism. It has clearly been determined that it is NOT related to schizophrenia.

The symptoms are poor eye contact, repetitive behaviors, and poor social interaction skills. Some have few or no spoken words, while others do not respond to their names when called.

Famous people who have been diagnosed with ASD:

  • Steve Jobs
  • Susan Boyle
  • Andy Warhol
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • Sir Anthony Hopkins
  • Hans Christian Anderson
  • and many more.

The cause(s) of ASD has not been scientifically proven. Through MRI’s it has been determined that certain areas of the brain are different for those with autism versus the general population.

  • DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE?
  • INTERESTED IN LEARNING HOW ONE WOMAN HELPED START THE FIRST CHARTER SCHOOL FOR AUTISM IN FLORIDA?
  • DO YOU KNOW WHAT ARE CONSIDERED THE BEST TEACHING METHODS?

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND INSIGHT INTO THE WORLD OF AUTISM, EDUCATING AND RAISING A CHILD WITH AUTISM, AND WHAT ARE SOME RESOURCES, LISTEN TO THE PODCAST FROM FRESH INK GROUP ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4 AT 8:00 PM ET.

LEARNING ABOUT AUTISM

My recently published book, “Learning About Autism: One Mother’s Journey of Discovery and Love” taught me about a world I knew little about. My research, interviews, and observing those with autism, opened my eyes, heart, and mind to an incredible group of people.

Listen to my interview on the Voice of Indie podcast, Wednesday, August 4 at 8 pm ET. Just click here: Voice of Indie

Pre-release sale in various formats (jacketed hardcover, softcover, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, GooglePlay, iTunes, and more) at retailers around the world for August 17th release.

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