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Meet Andie – Mother of 16 year old Ben who has been diagnosed with Autism. Andie is the Parent Liaison at Behavioral Perspective.
With my other four neurotypical children I was the mom who read to them every night, required summer reading, and made them do the library reading programs. Yes, I was THAT mom. With Mr. Ben. I just try to get through the day. I have to admit that I have fallen short with promoting the importance of reading to my youngest child. Ben does have plenty of reading material available to him. It is not his favorite activity. We do the best we can.
I do have books that I have found unusually helpful during the teenage years. About a year ago we were having trouble navigating various teenage issues. Going to a public bathroom alone, sexuality and masturbation, and the body changes that come with the teenage years, have all been topics that I have found challenging and difficult to approach with a child with autism. The series of books about Tom (for Boys) and Ellie (for girls) written by Kate E. Reynolds has shed light on these subjects. They are very straightforward and sure to make a neurotypical adult laugh but were very helpful to Ben. Check them out! I dare you to get through them and not share them with your good friends and family.
Hey - maybe I will bring our copies of The Tom books on Wednesday and read you all some excerpts during our FB Live! See you then!