|Carrie's book is available on Amazon |
and Barnes and Noble
Carrie who I was just introduced to a few weeks ago is the mother of 5 from New Hampshire. Her second child she had, Jack, was diagnosed with autism. In her book, she discusses her journey with her kids and what she has learned from being an autism mom.
I’ve done several book reviews before and have seen both positives and negatives out of each review but what I think makes Carrie’s work here special is her authenticity. You can tell within the first pages of her book with a personal letter, she wrote that she was giving you the uncut version of her experience. You won’t get a Hollywood underdog story from her book, but you will get a real depiction of autism. That is something that makes her book special.
Carrie’s not looking here to be a celebrity and look for credit for her wonderful work but to connect with the readers. Whether you are an expert in the field, a parent of someone affected by autism or just someone wanting to learn more about autism you can’t go wrong by giving this book a look.
Among the topics Carrie discusses are IEP Meetings (which I’m sure many of you autism parents reading this absolutely love beyond belief) how to coordinate for a child with autism, making time for yourself and much more! I think my favorite part of the book though has to do with a chapter titled “Making Progress: Stretch, Don't Break”. What she uses as a metaphor is to challenge your kids like they were a rubber band. You need to test them to try new things (stretching the band) but need to know it’s limits to make sure you don’t go too far (breaking the band).
This hit home for me respectively in my own development growing up on the spectrum. When I was a kid, I never wanted to do anything but hang out in my room and watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. After time though my mom knew that I was capable of more than I was putting in. She began by getting me involved with pee-wee sports and then started coming up with reward systems to help give me incentives for putting in the effort. I could connect with Carrie’s type of parenting here because it reminds me so much of my mom. They both have been able to respectfully find a medium where they could stretch us while understanding to not over do it.
Knowing so many others on the spectrum I can say they will most likely be able to find a similar connection by giving Carrie’s book a look and will also applaud her effort towards focusing on the positives. “What Color is Monday” is as much a journey about a mother with her children as it's a celebration of being exactly who you are and throwing the word “normal” out the window completely.
I commend Carrie for her effort here for her debut novel and hope you will join me in following her future work!