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In the spring of 2008, the autism journey began for author Teresa DeMars and her family when doctors diagnosed her son, Donnie, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Like all families who face this diagnosis, DeMars and her husband, Jon, worked to find early interventions to help their son. Donnie first spent six months in a special education classroom at a local public school. He then attended Partners in Excellence, an autism therapy center in Burnsville, Minnesota that provides ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) therapy to children with autism. Donnie received 40 hours of therapy per week up until August of 2009, when he “graduated” from the program. Today he is a first grader at a local charter school, where he is mainstreamed in a classroom with typical children. This past year he played organized hockey and baseball.
Like other parents with children on the spectrum, DeMars wondered about how she would explain autism to her son. This prompted her to write ASD and Me. DeMars has always had a crafty and creative spirit, which propelled her to illustrate ASD and Me. After spending years at home caring for her son and daughter, DeMars has also embraced entrepreneurship, launching Charity Press Books, the publisher of ASD and Me. DeMars and her family live in the Twin Cities area.
on Oct. 09, 2011 :
Awesome book. Absulotly loved it and so did my daughter :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)