What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

INSPIRATIONAL STORIES ON AUTISM BY A 9-YEAR-OLD

     Home  >  Articles  > Special Education
by NYMetroParents Staff

Related: childrens books on autism, life lessons, children authors,


Samantha McLeod was 9 years old when she penned her first children's book inspired by her 8-year-old brother affected by autism entitled, "Normal?" Now, an author of two more books at the age of 15, McLeod reminds us of the poignant insights children can have that teach everyone a life lesson or two.

normal by samantha mcleod

When Samantha McLeod was 9 years old, she set out to make her 8-year-old brother, Tyler, who is affected by autism, "normal." In doing so, Samantha learns a valuable lesson on acceptance and tolerance, ultimately realizing that being "normal" means nothing really at all. Inspired by this discovery, she pens her humorous journey in her first book, "Normal?

"Normal?" has won the Progressive Academic Learning System's Autism Choice Award, and McLeod donates a portion of the proceeds from book sales to autism awareness groups.

Samantha has since published two more books inspired by Tyler and her family, "My Brother is NOT Special! (Or is he?)," which is illustrated by both Samantha and Tyler, and "Good Day, Bad Day."

Now 15 years old, Samantha spends her free time visiting classrooms and special needs schools to talk to students about writing and autism.

The books are available at www.lulu.com (All ages; $12.95).


Give yourself a free Holiday Gift

Receive our weekly highlights newsletter · Over 1,000 local activities

More Special Education Articles

Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School with Special Needs
Literacy lifts children with Down syndrome socially
Where Can I Lend a Hand to Children With Down syndrome?
How a Gradeschool-Aged Child is Doing After 1 Year of Being Mainstreamed into the Classroom
Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Special Education Sponsors


Island Wide Speech
2539 Martin Ave. (side entrance)
Bellmore, NY
516-415-2751
Auditory, speech and language therapy is provided ...
Brain Builders Tutoring
280 Dobbs Ferry Road
White Plains, NY
914-328-1258
...

Vincent Smith School
322 Port Washington Blvd
Port Washington, NY
516-365-4900
The Vincent Smith School, located in Port Washingt...

Rock-N-Roll University
531 Hauppauge Blvd (Rt 111)
Hauppauge, New York
631-656-5901
Our Mission Statement Since 2011, Rock-N-Roll U...

The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Center for Special Children
750 Hicksville Road
Seaford, NY
516-520-6000
The Hagedorn Little Village School, Jack Joel Cent...
See Our Special Education Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE