Sunday, October 9, 2011
Book Review - The Castle We Called Home
One in every 110 children will be diagnosed with autism, according to Autism Speaks.
This staggering statistic is known all too well to the parents and families dealing with the disorder.
Simone Brenneman is one of those parents having raised two autistic children.
In The Castle We Called Home, Brenneman reveals the autobiographical story of one mother’s quest to connect with her autistic son. A story of struggles and triumphs, the book reveals the complexities of Hayden, his autistic sister and his family’s inspiring journey to evolve as a unit and as individuals.
For many years, Brenneman lived greatly submerged in the complex and fascinating world of her two autistic children. Working alongside their therapists and gaining a vast understanding of autism, she now works as a behavior interventionist for autistic children in hopes to accurately understand and respond to autism.
“My goal has always been to literally entice people to be fascinated by autism,” Brenneman says. “I hope this book offers families a positive story that encourages respect.”
The Castle We Called Home captivates audiences with a powerful eye-opening account of one family’s story of love, acceptance and the complex beauty of autism.
About the Author
Simone Brenneman is a mother of four and currently lives in British Columbia, Canada. Utilizing her bachelor’s degree in English, Simone has penned two novels reflecting on impact of raising two autistic children Effervescence and The Castle We Called Home. When not writing, she works as a behavior interventionist, dance instructor and yoga teacher.
My Take on the Book
I know a number of parents with autistic children and know how hard they work to connect with their children. This autobiographical account of one mother's journey was heart-touching and amazing. You have to have a huge appreciation for the love and patience that she had in working with all of the specialists as well as for everything that she did to help her kids to overcome and work through their autism. Whether you are a parent of an autistic child or someone who simply knows someone who is autistic you will appreciate this book and be inspired by the book and the experiences of this mother and her family.
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