Thank you to Kathy @ I Am A Reader, Not A Writer,
Lindsay @ Just Another Book Addict,
Heather @ Fire and Ice Photo,
& Pixie @ Page Turners for hosting this giveaway!
For those of you who haven't heard, or those of you who have seen the puzzle ribbon but are unclear on what it represents, April is National Autism Awareness month. It's an opportunity to educate others on what the condition is, how it affects those who have it, and ways that you can offer help and support.
With 1 in 88 children now being diagnosed, there are a large number of families whose lives have been altered in some way by autism, ours included.
I'm going to be honest here, I had a post prepared detailing how autism has affected us and the struggles we go through. When reading back through it after it was written.....it was depressing. Very depressing. Our oldest child has a difficult life. We try to do the best we can for him, but even with the additional help of outside programs that specialize in autism and children with behavior problems, we still struggle. A good day for us means that we haven't received a call from the school saying that we need to pick him up early because he's hurt someone or that he hasn't come home and tried to break things or hit us because of a tantrum.
So, I'm going to skip all of that and just tell you that I have two children who are both on the spectrum...very opposite ends of the spectrum. Not sure what that means? Just to give you a quick example, they share many typical traits of autism, such as the issues with sensory processing and severe social anxiety. But one child is non-verbal with very limited learning abilities and the other is reading above his grade level and a consistent A/B student.
You can find more information about the different autism spectrum disorders here
Ok addicts, let's get to the fun stuff.
We're doing something a little different for this hop. Fill out the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a book of your choice (up to $10) from the Book Depository. If you win, you can also choose one friend who will receive the same prize.
Thanks for stopping by and entering! And an extra thank you for those of you who had the patience to read through my post ;)
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