Book in the Spotlight: Grace Figures Out School

Grace Figures Out School

by Leslie Burby

 

APmag_13_2One of the biggest struggles I face as a parent with children on the spectrum is the judgmental comments that are frequently tossed my way.  This children’s book was inspired by my daughter with Asperger’s when she was told to “throw out her ice cream cone” and she literally threw her cone across the restaurant. It made a huge splattered mess and she realized I didn’t actually mean to “throw” it. She immediately started to cry and said, “But you said, “Throw it, out!?”

It was a lesson we both learned from, but as I hugged my daughter and cleaned up the mess we had to listen to people’s comments about how I should hit her to teach her a lesson and how I was such a horrible parent. After cleaning up I suggested that the onlookers Google the word Asperger’s and explained that figurative language doesn’t come easily to everyone. I have used the opportunity to write books for ALL people to teach a life lesson, a literary lesson and autism acceptance. This first book of a series is about the life lesson of attending a new school, while everyone in the class learns about autism, and figurative language. This book truly blends my two passions: English and special needs. I truly believe that we all have uniqueness that should be shared and understood. I believe that with knowledge comes understanding and with understanding come acceptance. It is my hope that every library in the world will own a copy and show that all children should be treated with kindness.  I encourage you all to “be curious, not judgmental.”

Leslie Burby

51FB0nhzuQL._UX250_Leslie Burby is the former Editor-in-Chief of Autism Parenting Magazine and a public speaker on autism related issues. She is the author of three autism related books: Emotional Mastery for Adult's with Autism (2013); Early Signs of Autism in Toddlers, Infants and Babies (2014); and the children's book Grace Figures Out School (2014). She resides in CT with her husband and three kids. Two of her three children are on the autism spectrum. She is a Board Member for Hope 4 Autism and is working with IEPHelp.com to encourage schools and parents to work collaboratively to improve education for all special needs students. Before becoming a mother, Leslie tutored special needs students while running her statewide tutoring company, L.D. Tutoring. She attended Franklin Pierce College and the University of Saint Joseph. Leslie spends most of her professional time writing, advocating, innovating new programs and researching the topics of autism and parenting.

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