Wednesday, July 23, 2014

REVIEW: The Child of Dawn

The Child of Dawn
By: Belangela G Tarazona

Genre: Special Needs, Autism

Publication date: 10.29.2013
Pages: 64

Date read: 1.5.2014

Recommended by: Read 2 Review

Summary: This is the story of our journey towards Noah and beyond since it also reflects the joy, the arrival of a baby normally brings into a family, and the turmoil of unleashed emotions when confirming the suspicion that all isn't idyllic.

Noah is autistic.

It also tells on the process of putting our own pain aside to give Noah the best opportunities for development and independence, without expecting other thing than Noah's wellbeing.

It is a trip to acceptance, which should not be seen as an act of giving up. It is a way to rebuild our existence based on what we've got.

This is a brilliant book for parents of children with autism, but something I think everyone (extended family, teachers, childcare personnel, people who know someone who has autism or someone who has a child with autism, anyone) should read. 

This is the story of a woman who found out that her young son (Noah) has autism - what she went through, the steps she followed, how she felt.  It was such a good story.

The best part of the whole story is the very end, where she includes a letter that she wrote to her son and some pictures.  Absolutely amazing.  Another thing I liked about this book was the letter that she wrote to the parents of the childcare center, in her son's name, explaining what is "wrong" with him.

My favorite line: "Many times I feared the rejection of my own son - not because he wanted to push us away, but because he wasn't programmed to reciprocate."

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