Ben did not know that he had fathered a child until an old girlfriend in a distant city asked him for child support and money for therapies. Monthly payments was all she wanted - no contact, she said.
Then this 5 year old appears on his doorstep with a suitcase and a hasty "good-bye" from the ex.Now Ben must learn not only how to be a dad, but Kyle has autism.
Teacher Melanie Nicols sees Ben as a deadbeat dad, but grudgingly comes to admire how he hangs in, determined to learn for his son's sake. Her admiration grows to more as father and son come to rely on Melanie being a part of their lives.
Autism affects one in every sixty-eight children and one in every forty-two boys in America. Every teacher and every coach will meet a child on the autism spectrum. If autism has not affected your family or friends, it will.
Definitely, autism has challenges, but there are strengths as well. This book is full of the struggles and joys of family life and strategies that make it all easier.
Autism Goes to School is book one of a series of five, each book portraying a different child with autism, his/her family and teachers.
Author Dr. Sharon A. Mitchell's Master's and Doctorate degrees focused on autism. She has worked in schools as a teacher, counselor and consultant for thirty years. Her workshops and seminars are delivered to thousands of participants including at national conferences.