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The way I see it, autism is a type of neurology. It is not something to keep secret, be ashamed of or hide. Autism is a part of our children and it makes them who they are. I decided shortly after C was diagnosed that we would be honest with him about his diagnosis. We wouldn’t hide this from him. When my mother-in-law gifted this book to C for his birthday, I was excited. “Mikey,” by Mindee Pinto and Judy Cohen, is a book about, “a day at school through the eyes of a child with autism.”
When did my boy get so big?! He starts kindergarten in the fall. The timing to start reading this book together is perfect. C quickly took to the book and requested it every night at bedtime. Last week, we asked him if he thinks he is like Mikey. He said yes. Then he started asking us to insert his name into the story in Mikey’s place, beaming when we read the story with his name.
From the start, C enjoyed making the classroom sounds while we read the story together. It wasn’t long before he had memorized the entire book. I am blown away by his memorization. He points to each word as he weaves the tale of Mikey’s day at school. If I didn’t know better, I would think he was reading the book word for word instead of reciting it by memory.
It’s awesome that Pinto and Cohen created a book that allows my son to identify with the main character. It encourages him while preparing him for what he might encounter at school. As a parent, the prospect of sending my child with special needs off to a new environment is a little scary. “Mikey” is helping us to prepare him for just that; and in doing so, helps me to prepare myself for this next step.
C and I highly recommend “Mikey” for all kids, especially children with autism spectrum disorders!