Was at Bartley Christian Church last Saturday for a Special Needs parent panel discussion. Had a book table set up and I was wondering why more people were buying "Come into My World" than the more recent "MY WAY". Then I remembered that in sharing about my frustrations over Calder's meltdown when he was young, I'd mentioned the title of my story in the earlier book -
"My Mommy is a Bully".
At book tables, people often ask me the difference between my two autism books. Let me attempt to list the suitable readers for the two titles...
"Come into My World: 31 Stories of Autism in Singapore"
1. Families with newly diagnosed autistic children.
2. Parents wondering how to cope with their child's autism.
3. Parents feeling lonely or isolated for having an autistic child.
4. Parents who are in denial regarding their child's autistic traits.
5. Caregivers wishing to learn from other families how they can help the autistic child.
6. Teachers wanting to understand the family situations of autistic children.
7. Extended family members who can be more accepting of the autistic child.
8. People who wish to understand the needs of families with autistic children so they can help them better.
9.The general public who needs to understand autism better so that autistic children can come out of the house without their parents being judged or derided.
10. People curious about how autism affects lives in Singapore.
"MY WAY: 31 Stories of Independent Autism"
1. Autistic persons who feel out of place in our society.
2. Parents who often wonder what their autistic child is thinking.
3. Parents who needs hope that their autistic child can improve.
4. Parents wondering if their autistic child would ever find employment or get married.
5. Employers who need to see the strengths of autistic people so that there'd be more job options.
6. Teachers wishing to know how to help autistic students reach their fullest potential.
7. Peers who wish to befriend an autistic person.
8. Bullies who need to enter the mind of an autistic person so they understand enough not to make life difficult for the socially awkward.
9. The general public who needs to stop expecting autistic persons to behave exactly like a neurotypical.
10. People curious about how autism affects lives in 15 different countries.